"Exciting and innovative" Environmental Art Festival Scotland to take place in August 2013

By Culture24 Reporter | 22 April 2013

Created as the centrepiece of a £400,000 partnership between Creative Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council, organisers say a new environmental festival could become a key date on the cultural calendar.

A photo of three people standing under a bridge next to a signpost
Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, launches the inaugural Environmental Art Festival Scotland© Rob McDougall
The Environmental Art Festival Scotland, which will take place at the end of August, was launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.

It is expected to become a biennial, costing around £54,000.

“Our aim is to celebrate and develop environmental art,” said Jan Hogarth, of the group Wide Open, which will oversee the festival.

“It will build on the rich environmental art heritage of the region, from Andrew Goldsworthy’s Striding Arches to the contemporary work in the Dark Skies Park, back to the sculptures of Henry Moore.

“From prehistoric cup and ring marked stones to early Christian carved crosses, our landscape has been a focus of remarkable creativity for millennia.”

Speaking at the CatStrand arts and community centre in New Gallaway, where she joined children in tying signs endorsing environmental beauty to a tree, Hyslop said the Place Partnership between the government and the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts was “exciting and innovative” and would help the local “cultural landscape” to “develop and thrive.”

Both sides have contributed £200,000 to the campaign, which aims to build on the success of existing events including the Big Burns Supper Festival and the Wigtown Book Festival.

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