The Stove, working in partnership with Wide-Open and Spring Fling, created and delivered Scotland’s inaugural Environmental Art Festival. This is part of Dumfries and Galloway’s plan to build on it’s reputation for work in this field and become recognised as the UK home of ‘Art in the Environment’. Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS) offered the opportunity to engage with landscape and the environment through art installations, performances, workshops and talks.
Much of the discussion was around climate change and how environmental art could help imagine a better more sustainable future. The four Gathering events brought together people of all ages and from many different disciplines, including scientists, farmers, environmentalists, musicians and artists. Many of the events featured musical performances and were fun as well as having serious thought provoking messages.