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John Muir Trust Creative Freedom Prize

Ice Watch , just 5cm diameter, has won the 3d artwork category of The John Muir Trust Creative Freedom Exhibition.

Ice Watch 2023. Glacial Flour on watch face with light

The exhibition foregrounds the John Muir Trust’s vision for a world where wild places are valued for present and future generations. Celebrating the Trust’s belief that society thrives when wild places are given the freedom to repair themselves, the Creative Freedom Exhibition features a range of multimedia artworks, including paintings, comic books, photography, movement art, and VR, all inspired by the importance of wild places.

The trust operates with the purpose ‘to conserve, protect and restore wild places for the benefit of all. I hope that in being part of the exhibition my work can in its small way contribute to their important conservation work which focuses on ‘Inspiring people about the benefits of wild places across the UK and showcase how wild places tackle the climate crisis and reverse biodiversity loss.’

Ice Watch will be on display along with ‘Long Shadows Cast’ also shortlisted , in the Creative Freedom Exhibition at the Pitlochry Wild Space from 18th March – 25th May 2024.

Ice Watch was made while on residency with @museesvalais_wallismuseen 2023. the residency was supported by @creativescots VACMA award @cabnscotborders @dumfries_and_galloway_council @licaatlancaster @lancasteruni @ahrcpress Impact acceleration account. The research is part of the wider ‘Emergency!’ project that was developed through fellowship at @henrymooreinstitute 2021-22

Long Shadows Cast installed at John Muir Trust, Pitlochry, Scotland


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