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Monday, July 22, 2013

Sea Monsters, the Star of Caledonia, Debate and Cosmic Speculation

Scotland’s dynamic and challenging new environmental art festival unveils full programme of events and brochure

DANCE, debate, movies, sculpture and a first glimpse of the Star of Caledonia scale model – the full Environmental Art Festival Scotland programme has been unveiled.
There will be a rare opportunity to visit celebrated artist Charles Jencks’ Garden of Cosmic Speculation – one of the most important gardens created in Europe in recent decades – which is normally only open to the public for five hours each year.
A scale model of the spectacular Star of Caledonia, which has been designed by Charles Jencks and Cecil Balmond to stand on the border between Scotland and England, will go on show for the first time.
At the same
 time there will be debates and discussions about hot topics like territories and borders, and the urgent need to create a sustainable future and the value of environmental art.
Leah Black, EAFS co-producer, said: “The programme we have unveiled today is diverse and compelling – bringing together work by leading international, national and regional artists.
“EAFS addresses issues about art, land and power in a multitude of ways, including through dance, music, debate, sculpture, poetry and film.
“The festival is a chance to come to experience how Dumfries and Galloway is leading the way in environmental art, and in building alliances between artists, scientists, academics and the public to tackle the most pressing issues of our era.” 
The Core Festival consists of 28 events and activities in four locations, on four days across one huge region. There are other associated events and activities and also a series of Satellite Weekends taking place in September.
The full brochure, which includes details of the four central commissions already unveiled by EAFS, can now been downloaded or ordered from the festival website.
Other attractions include:

·        Discussion: The EAFS Gatherings – four discussions led by artists, scientists and envronmentalists
·        Film: Speaking the Land, by Dalziel and Scullion and Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu’s Dream by Thomas Riedelshelmerf or films or clips).
·        Dance: Walking the Tide – a spectacular participatory dance event by Jo Hodges and Florencia Garcia Chafuen which creates a choregraphed (joint initiative with the Solway Firth Partnership) procession over the causeway from Kippford to Rough Island.
·        Sculpture: Balmond Studio: Exhibition about Star of Caledonia. See a 1m wide scale model of the artwork, which will tower around 40m above the landscape when it is built. Things that Befell us in Those Strange Times, sculptural installations and timescapes presented by archaeologists Macgregor and Shearer.
·        Performance and Faith: Tenger Gazariin Dund (Sky and Earth – The chance to witness a Mongolian shaman performing traditional rituals and learn about the spiritual practices of her people.
·        Participatory Sculpture: Solway Sea Monster - The public help artist Alice Francis built a giant sea monster using flotsam and driftwood gathered in community beach clear ups (joint initiative with the Solway Firth Partnership).
·        Exhibition: Place Identity Memory 2 – An international exhibition of artist made books which develop the idea of place.
EAFS is a partnership between Spring Fling, Wide Open and The Stove and is supported by organisations such as Creative Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Fresh Start, LEADER, Year of Natural Scotland.