Looking North Through Art

Over the course of eight events, four artists – to be paired with writers/ researchers in the second round – Looking North Through Art will explore concepts of landscape and nature in Scotland. Through discussing some of their projects and thoughts, speakers will provide alternative approaches and perspectives which stand in contrast with and move beyond mainstream narratives surrounding the idea of “Scottish landscape”. This series invites speakers and participants to reflect upon those themes through the lens of art and writing, guided by questions of climate change, ecocriticism and energy ethics. The first round of talks will run from August through October 2022, followed by the second part, currently scheduled for early 2023.

Looking North Through Art is co-hosted and co-produced by Anne Daffertshofer and Tori Champion, PhD Candidates in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews. The series has been made possible through funding from the Centre for Energy Ethics,  St Andrews Network for Climate, Energy, Environment and Sustainability, St Leonard’s Postgraduate College and the Centre for Contemporary Art.


Upcoming Seminars

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Series Recordings

Artist Alex Boyd

24 August 2022

For years, Alex has focused on militarised landscapes in Scotland. The Ministry of Defence’s estate is one of the biggest in Scotland. Their estate includes the Hebridean range, which is still used for military tests and training – and therefore not always or fully accessible. roam. “Tir An Airm (Land of the Military)” bears visual witness to Alex’s visits and provides a context in which one can explore a wide range of environmental themes and questions around “Scottish landscape” and the ethics of energy.

Artist Sekai Machache

8 September 2022

Sekai Machache is a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self, in which photography plays a crucial role in supporting an exploration of the historical and cultural imaginary.  In her moat recent work, Profound Divine Sky, shot at Forsinard at the Flow Country in the Scottish Highlands, Sekai explores the ways in which Black bodies exist in rural landscapes.