Filmic celebration of sea, land and place at Dunbar’s new Beach Hut

THIS Sunday (July 29) Northlight will launch a new creative initiative on the quayside in Dunbar.

‘Filmscape’ is a daily programme of short films to be shown in Northlight’s ‘mini cinema’ in the Beach Hut on Victoria Harbour, a filmic celebration of the sea, land and place. ‘Filmscape’ has been curated by Filmpoem.com for Northlight.

Throughout July artist in residence Alastair Cook has been very busy working with the rhythms of this season in Dunbar, and 14 visiting artists have been sowing the seeds of new art works in the town.

These include works within the landscape itself such as ‘Queen Bee’ by Natalie Taylor - a figure of a lady cast in compost in Lauderdale Park - with help from the local children who are also tending and watering her to encourage the seed she is sown with to grow into bee loving wild flowers. Other works engage with people in public places such as John Muir’s Birthplace, 1650 Cafe, and the new Bleachingfield Library where Isabell Buenz has created a Children’s Book Hunt.

Rosie Lesso’s ‘Word Boxes’ are set up in various locations to encourage all ages to write poetry inspired by Migration for entry into a book which will be published at the end of the season.

August will see a further 12 artists arriving in the landscape to produce new works including Laura Donkers from South Uist who will work on the cliff top of the Bayswell Hotel, Rosalie Monod de Froideville from Holland who will install an interactive work in the John Muir Country Park, and Kenny Bean who has been experimenting with underwater photography in the waters around Dunbar and will exhibit in John Muir’s Birthplace.

A full season of free events and workshops have been made possible by grant funding from many supporters including Dunbar Community Council and Scottish Natural Heritage, and are inspired by many of the artists in connection with local specialists.

This Saturday (July 28) Isabell Buenz will lead a bookbinding workshop for children and adults using natural materials and the following Saturday (August 4) the Countryside Ranger Tara Sykes together with the help of local fishermen and marine scientists from Dunbar Scifest, will be setting up marine touch tanks in The Beach Hut.

Visitors will have first-hand experiences of some of the sea creatures which our coastal eco system supports, while mythical Sea Stories will be told by local storyteller Daniel Allison.