Landscape − National Galleries of Scotland

Scottish Art Landscape

Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrine

Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrine, by John Knox

“The Scottish landscape has been one of the principal subjects for native artists for centuries. Dramatic mountain wildernesses that have become synonymous with Scotland first emerged in the eighteenth century. Artists began to approach the landscape with a new romantic feeling that was in itself part of a wider cultural drive to celebrate and ‘discover’ Scotland. Artists, writers and poets all contributed to the emergence of Scotland’s national identity, and the effects of their efforts still course through our modern notion of Scotland and Scottishness. That landscape painting helped to define the nation is an artistic accomplishment unique to Scotland.”

Highland Landscape with a Waterfall

Highland Landscape with a Waterfall, by Horatio McCulloch

via Landscape − Scottish Art − Collection − National Galleries of Scotland.

I wonder if this artistic ‘accomplishment’ has done us any favours in the long term.  Maybe our understanding of our environment is distorted by this artistic mediation spanning 200 years. Maybe the fact that we can appreciate a landscape purely for its aesthetic value is a good thing if it isnt only valued as a heritage artefact  but recognised as an important ecosystem.


WHYLD | ecoartscotland

WHYLD | ecoartscotland.

Join the Masters students of Art, Space, and Nature (ECA) for a private viewing of our exciting final show. WHYLD is an exhibition of works that manifest our various interpretations of the concept of wilderness. The show opens 23rd of May from 5pm to 8pm at Patriot Hall Gallery. Speak with the artists and enjoy food and refreshments.

Flyer (A5) Whyld

The Time it Takes trailer

The Time it Takes trailer 

the time it takes

to arrive
to live
to make a land
to find
to fall
to settle in
to work
to build
to seize the day
to journey
to be happy
to make a story
to dance

to pick up the pieces
to laugh
to sing a song
to love
to grow
to bury the dead
to lose
to uncover the past
to walk
to imagine the future
to leave
to return

the time,

it takes

Dance artists: Rosalind Masson, Simon Ellis, Dai Jian
Camera: Katrina McPherson
Editing: Simon Fildes
Music: David Lintern & James Weaver
1st A.D. & digital workflow: Sabine Klaus
Production Assistants: Ben Estabrook & Tanja London
Production Runner: Mairi Thomson
Seamstress: Ciorstaidh Monk
Colour grade: and mastering : Jim Allison
Dubbing mixer: John Cobban
Thanks to: Andy Mackinnon, Paul McCallum, Ronnie Mackinnon,
Ceolas –,
Stòras Uibhist-,
Polochar Inn –,
Eilidh; Issy & Sylvia McPherson, Kirstie Simson
Music tracks: “Firehills” & “Mont E”.
Shot on location: Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Funded by Creative Scotland & Goat Media
Directed and Produced by Katrina McPherson & Simon Fildes
© 2013