Current Work

Current Work 2020/21

Atlas Pandemica

Robbie together with Matt Baker from The Stove Network, Dumfries are Co-Curating Atlas Pandemica. Atlas Pandemica has commissioned 10 creative practitioners to work collectively to examine the way society is reacting to the COVID pandemic based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. As part of Atlas Pandemica, Robbie and Jo have been commissioned to research and respond to the impact of COVID on death and dying: https://thestove.org/atlas-pandemica/distance-proximity-and-loss/. Further information on their work here. Also see the website for the Shoreline to Shoreline event: https://shorelinetoshoreline.com/ and Marking Loss book.

Creative Work Shop

Robbie and Jo are working with Findhorn Bay Arts on ‘Creative Work Shop’, a residency that seeks to open up conversations around ideas of generative culture in and around Forres, Scotland from August 2020.

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 https://just-festival.org/eventbrite-event/the-museum-of-the-future/. Reflections on the event here: https://www.creativecarbonscotland.com/green-tease-reflections-museums-of-the-futurenow-environmental-justice/

The Museum of the FutureNow is working to develop a partnership with Reimagining Museums for Climate Action, developing sessions leading into COP26.

Becoming Earthly

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 (2021) 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.

Further ecological work

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 was aded to Creative Carbon Scotlands Library of Creative Sustainability.

Robbie and Jo ran workshops, contributed to an exhibition and presented their work at The Wild Goose Festival in Dumfries Oct 2020.

Visual Arts in Rural Communities Residency

Robbie and Jo were selected for a VARC ‘Entwined’ residency in Northumberland that took place in May 2021. Information HERE. They were based at Tarset Village Hall and their initial idea was to work with the Song Reivers Community Choir who use the hall, to investigate layers of place though sonification and voicing. During their residency however, the hall was unused due to Covid restrictions. Robbie and Jo’s response was to use the external hall notice boards to communicate the words of ‘This is Home‘, a song from the repertoire of the Song Reivers Community Choir. The words changed each day over the course of a week to reveal the lyrics of the song. Even though the choir was not able to use the hall for the social act of singing, the work was able to reveal some of the emotional landscapes present and to explore how creative work, even during a pandemic, can help maintain connections between individuals, community and place.

The Lost Property Office

Robbie and Jo are part of The Lost Property Office, an artist collective developing 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. Amongst the suitcases, boxes and parcels are ornate maps, a bird cage, a gramophone, a gargoyle, prosthetic limbs and other strange and intriguing items.  Visiting members of the public will each be given an item of lost luggage to be opened and explored at their leisure. All the items are micro art installations which explore ideas of ‘lost and found’ in the context of both COVID and broader social and environmental challenges. There may be suitcases that have been lost before lockdown revealing journeys that were never made, items that explore lost freedoms, dreams or livelihoods or more widely the loss of species and habitat or the ghosts of the abandoned buildings of our towns. As a contrast, explorations of ‘found’ may explore 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?