Current Work

Work 2021 onwards

Robbie and Jo are working with Findhorn Bay Arts on developing Combine to Create, a series of residencies embedding artists into communities. They have been invited to undertake a residency based in Buckie in 2023. This is a Culture Collective project.

Museums of the FutureNow

Robbie and Jo, together with Prof. Mike Bonaventura ran an online version of the Museums of the FutureNow on environmental justice for the Just Festival, Edinburgh’s social justice and human rights festival. This session was run in collaboration with Creative Carbon Scotland in August 2020 Reflections on the event here:

Other sessions for Museums Galleries Scotland and Scotlands cultural sector were held in 2022. The Museums of the FutureNow is collaborating with Solway Firth Partnership to develop an exhibition focussing on marine plastic pollution.

Robbie and Jo were delighted to have been selected for Becoming Earthly Run by The Barn Arts, Aberdeen, this was an experimental learning space which aimed to create the conditions to open up new innovative forms of practice that responded imaginatively to the challenges we now face.  July – September 2020. They are now (2022/3) developing further collaborative work with The Barn that includes the development of a set of ‘Becoming Earthly’ Cards to be used to open up explore creative practice in relation to ecology and the initiation of The Far Orchard, a distributed apple orchard in Banchory.

Jo, together with artist Kerry Morrison in collaboration with the AALERT network ran a session for Creative Carbon Scotland in February ’21 called ‘Beautiful Disruption; Radically reimagining approaches to contested landscapes’ .

Robbie and Jo’s work A New EIA for Natural Scotland and The Far Orchard was aded to Creative Carbon Scotland’s Library of Creative Sustainability.

Robbie and Jo were part of The Lost Property Office, an artist collective who developed a pilot live art event in 2021 funded by Creative Scotland.

The Lost Property Office is an interactive arts installation that takes place in an abandoned building in a town centre and explores the idea of ‘lost and found’ as a metaphor for this pivotal time in our global history. The office itself is ‘set’ in a liminal time, its shelves full of items that have been lost on countless mysterious journeys.  Visiting members of the public were each given an item of lost luggage to be opened and explored at their leisure. All the items are micro art installations explored ideas of ‘lost and found’ in the context of social and environmental challenges. There were suitcases lost before lockdown revealing journeys that were never made, items that explored lost freedoms, dreams or livelihoods or more widely the loss of species and habitat. As a contrast, explorations of ‘found’ explored hope, joy, beauty and potential. A lot has been lost but what have we found?  What do we choose to let go of and what do we choose to keep?