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Isle of Stories Festival 2017: AWA WORKSHOPS

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The Isle of Stories weekend was humming with activities for all ages from Shakespeare on the Beach to a massive community lunch at the Community Village Hall. As part of the Festival Team we were delighted to welcome visitors and families from all over Kintyre and further afield. Achamore Gardens provided a beautiful site for AWA's curated line up for Isle of Stories Festival 2017 with storytelling sessions and workshops by Storytellers Amanda Edmiston and Eric Brennan in the Walled Garden and Botanical inspired arts sessions with AWA in the the Gardens Education Hut. 

AWA would like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped make the Festival possible; the staff, parents and children of Isle of Gigha School, Achamore Gardens Staff and our wonderful storytellers! We are delighted to announce that we helped the Isle of Gigha School Parent Council raise £854.75 for the Isle of Gigha School Fund. Isle of Stories Festival was brought to you by Isle of Gigha School, Amy Wilson Arts, Achamore Gardens and the Scottish Book Trust. 


 AWA: Family Workshops

Inspired by the magnificent gardens of Achamore, AWA ran Drop In Workshops for all ages in printmaking and natural crafts. Participants work was exhibited in the Achamore Garden, Education Hut over the festival period. Check out our workshop highlights below > 


Isle of Stories Festival 2017: AWA WORKSHOPS

On Sunday the 28th of MAY, AWA will be running arts workshops in Achamore Gardens on the Isle of Gigha for Isle of Stories Festival 2017. Isle of Stories is a collection of creative encounters and opportunities for storytelling, story making and story sharing. Join us this MAY for Isle of Stories Festival 2017!

Our workshops are inspired by the mysterious and exotic plants and woodlands that make up this marvellous island garden. AWA will join a line up of fantastic storytellers, makers and creatives. All our workshops are free and are suitable for all ages and abilities. The Isle of Stories Festival is brought you by Isle of Gigha School, Achamore Gardens Trust and the Scottish Book Trust. 


SUNDAY: AWA at ACHAMORE GARDENS

 Family Workshops with AWA

Inspired by the magnificent gardens of Achamore, AWA will be running Drop in Workshops for all ages in printmaking and natural crafts through out the day on Sunday. Participants work with be exhibited in the Achamore Garden, Education Hut over the festival period. Check out our workshops below > 

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PRINT MAKING WORKSHOP

Inspired by the amazing range of exotic plants, booming colours and wild patterns at Achamore Gardens, this drop in workshop will give you the opportunity to be inspired by nature and create your own handmade print. 

This workshop will teach skills in collage, relief print and mark making. 

Admission Free: Drop in 

Session Times: 11:00am  - 1.00pm 

Session length:  2 hours 

Location: ACHAMORE GARDENS EDUCATION HUT

JOURNEY STICK CHALLENGE  

Collect your Journey Stick from the Hut and set off on a wild trail through the Achamore Woodlands. Mark your journey by collecting the unexpected, the small and unexplained, the colourful, the squishy, the weird, the wonderful. Capture your findings with spindly threads. Look High! Look Low! and Watch Out! Who knows what mysteries you might discover! 

Admission Free: Drop in 

Session Times: 2:30 - 4:00pm  

Session length:  1 hour 30 min 

Location: ACHAMORE GARDENS EDUCATION HUT


see full Line up below and Visit Achamore Gardens online to find out more!

AWA LEARNING PROGRAMME 2017 LAUNCH!

AWA's Learning Programme for 2017 launched in March with the start of our Spring Workshops Season.  

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Our Spring Season Workshops are inspired by the Earth Charter, a universal expression of ethical principles to foster a more sustainable future. As part of our learning programme these workshops will be the first in a series which will introduce students aged 5 -11 to key Ecoliteracy concepts through placed based learning adventures. AWA is delighted to be partnering with Isle of Gigha Primary School to facilitate the start of this new workshop series. 

Our first workshop introduced the process of decomposition to students through a costal Litter Hunt and a group drawing session. The second half of this workshop explored plastics in the marine environment through global and local case studies and the creation of collage works by students.  

Our Systems Thinking Workshop centred around a coastal expedition where students identified and gathered living things. Group drawings at our beach lab introduced the concept of ecosystems and gave the opportunity for students to express and explore the relationships between living things, their environment and human beings. A huge thank you to Amrutha Krishna R, Annabelle Action-Bond, Victor Okechukwu from Earth Charter International's Ethics, Leadership and Sustainability Programme 2017 and Sarah Dobson from Earth Charter International for their input and support for this workshop. 

TO FIND OUT MORE SEE OUR EVENTS BELOW

AWA's workshops change from season to season.  To find out more about our other workshops and our 2017 Learning Programme visit our learning pageYou can also sign up to our news letter for updates on all our learning services through out the year and stay connected with live updates via our social media. 


Earth Charter International 2017

I am is delighted to announce that I have been awarded an Earth Charter International Scholarship for their 2017 Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics Programme. 

The Earth Charter is a universal expression of ethical principles to foster sustainable development.

The Charters 4 pillars: Respect and Care for the Community of Life, Ecological Integrity, Social and Economic Justice, and Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace, outline 16 guiding principles for living, that seek to steward into being, a future of greater justice, sustainability and peace. The language of the Charter calls people towards collective action in order to address the issues that connect us together as a global community.

I started my socially engaged artistic practice in 2012, and engaging others in new ways to navigate issues of environment and international conflict has been the central concern of my work. As I begin to take steps towards developing a pedagogical arts framework suitable for a changing world, I increasingly find myself drawn to the practice of Education for Sustainable Development. The Earth Charter’s ethics and concerns speak poignantly to me and raise, a diverse array of new approaches from which I can learn and embody in my artistic practice.

The Earth Charter Initiative is the global network that embraces, uses and integrates the Earth Charter principles. This January I will join a programme which will connect 30 emerging practitioners from all over the globe. The Earth Charter Initiative's Youth Programme in Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics seeks to "prepare young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace will play online host to the network of learners. I will be carrying out my Earth Charter inspired projects on the Isle of Gigha where I will seek to connect their children and youth to other Island communities living in different environments around the world. I will also be offering Human Rights Education and opportunities for the community to creatively investigate their environment and the current environmental issues that affect their lives.

To read more about the Earth Charter Initiative and read the Earth Charter online for free visit EarthCharter.org

If your not already moved by the Earth Charter’s vision then I will leave you to contemplate the future with the words of Prince Ea from Spencer Sharps award winning short film from Film4Climate Global Video Competition 2016

Amy Wilson

JUPITER ARTLAND 2016

Dedicated to sculpture and environmental arts, Jupiter Artland is a historic estate radically transformed through one couples contemporary vision.  

Robert and Nicky Wilson bought the Jacobean Mannor, Bonninton House and its estate in 1999. Since then Jupiter Artland has slowly emerged through their woodlands from the ground up. The Estate hosts a contemporary permanent collection with works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Antony Gormley, Cornelia Parker and Andy Goldsworthy. This permanent collection sits alongside a programme of temporary exhibitions through out the year. These exhibitions invite visitors to consider their environment and how they interact with it through new, site specific, experiential and experimental works.  

Open season to season, the educational programme engages all ages, from toddlers to teaching professionals and art practitioners. When I heard about JAL's Continual Professional Development Course for Art in the Outdoors I was instantly on board. 

AUTUMN

Throughout my early years, I was raised outside and on the move over Canada's various monumental landscapes. I have nurtured a great love of nature and over the years have aimed to become more critically conscious of my environment and how I interact with it. Working outside and site specifically is starting to become integral to my work and raw materials from breath to dirt, natural to the reclaimed hold increased fascination for me. The opportunity to encounter a diverse collection of contemporary works which focus on the matter of nature, either in thinking or physical form, was really exciting to me.

I had never been to a sculpture park before and this was the first time I had encountered the work of some of my favourite artists in their intended form (not in books, tv, or in a gallery format). On a rare sunny/warm Scottish autumn day I joined a group of educators and artists for a guided tour of the estate and the works rooted in amongst it. 

Suck by Anish Kapoor is a towering prison of red rusting metals which can be encountered amongst the lime green of JAL's beach forest. The cage positioned just so, offers you a seemly bottomless void within. No position you take on the periphery can reveal its depth. Voids are a fascination in Kapoor's work. Suck invites you into that mystery and challenges the  imagination to confront an absence that is somehow ominously present. 

My favourite work came in the form of Stone House Bonnington by Andy Goldsworthy, a bothy hidden amongst winding paths and dimly lit tree groves. The house is inhabited by bed rock, which is slowly revealed as an occupant as the eye adjusts to the changing light from moving trees outside. There is a particular sense of stepping on someones toes as you walk over crevice and mound. This unsuspecting house, built not as gallery but a home was an unexpected surprise. Goldsworthy's work Stone Coppice litters the trails in amongst the Badger Wood. Boulders perch and recline into the folds and arms of coppiced trees to create a growing/living work. The weight of gravity and vertical lifts form a beautiful trail of relationships to observe, the energy palpable between rock and tree.   

Helen Chadwick's garden of Piss Flowers are arranged in one of the many court yard spaces across JAL. Amongst one of the first to be nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize, Helen Chadwick embraces the use of materials shunned for being culturally or historical taboo. Urine presents to us one such material. The flower like forms were cast via impressions left from urinating in snow. Chadwick's work instigates a focus on the borders which govern what we see as beautiful or ugly, clean or dirty. Such a successful demonstration of how such borders can be transversed makes these flowers worth a second, third and forth look. 

Christian Boltanski has several works throughout the estate, both inside and outside, including a new addition to the permanent collection Animatas. Using an island site, Boltanski spiked the ground with fine bells, a skyward representation of the stars visible the night of his birth. The sounds of the bells in high and low wind are enchanting as you walk through high grasses on the shore. The bells remind me of the Will-o'-the-wisp in ancient tales; spirits of change, direction and dis/orientation. Boltanski also offers the opportunity for visitors to record their heart beats for his famous work Les Archives de Coerur. The recordings made here join a colossal archive. Our familiar yet displaced sound waves upload and soon take up residence on the uninhabited Isle of Teshima, Japan. 

Rivers by Tania Kovats gives us a beautiful structure to consider the mapping of distance, time and substance. The work combines geographical research with expanded forms of drawing which play a key part in all of Kovats' works. Rivers is a beautiful space for contemplation, viewing the pond below and a brilliant quiet zone for reflecting on H2O whist soaking up its reflecting light. 

Jupiter Artland is currently closed to visitors for the winter until May 2017. To check out more artworks and past works from Jupiter Artland have a look at their website. 

Amy Wilson