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Artful Migration Exhibition

October 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am November 11, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Closed (Sundays & Mondays)

An exhibition by Artful Migration artists-in-residence, Leeming & Paterson.

Over the past 8 months Ted Leeming & Morag Paterson have spent time at Lochar Mosses exploring the elusive Nightjar, one of Scotland’s rarest and most unusual birds, which appears to be thriving in the region.

The nightjar has secretive behaviour and an almost supernatural reputation, being only visible at night. Leeming & Paterson have observed the birds and their behaviours, explored the threats to the birds, which include habitat degradation and the challenges that climate change is having.

The exhibition, which is the culmination of their residency period,  includes a range of photographic, alternative processes and audio/visual work by the artists, working both together and individually as they explore the behaviours, habitats, threats and opportunities that link local to global. 

Leeming & Paterson’s work explores the landscape and our human interactions therein in the context of the twin emergencies of climate change and biodiversity loss.  Often working close to their home in Galloway, the natural world forms the basis of inspiration for many of their collaborative images and projects.

The residency is the third in a programme of three residencies which have been developed by Upland and Moving Souls Dance since 2017. Each residency has offered artists a unique insight into the migratory birds of Dumfries & Galloway through partnership working with local nature reserves and the opportunity to create new, high-quality artworks in response for public display. The 2023 residency has been delivered in partnership with Forest and Land Scotland and RSPB Scotland with funding from Creative Scotland.


Gracefield Arts Centre

28 Edinburgh Road,
Dumfries, DG1 1JQ
01387 262084
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