Source to Sea

Source to Sea was our cultural programme of events and activities set in the Moray coastline to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

In July and August, Moray residents were invited to take a walk along the coast and find out about the rich and varied ecology, geological history, landscapes and diverse wildlife of Moray’s coast with naturalist expert Eleanor Foster from local environmental education charity, Wild Things and Findhorn Bay Arts’ artist Rachael Forbes. Walks took place in Spey Bay, Garmouth, Findhorn, Culbin, Burghead and Cummingston.

In July, Dumfries and Galloway-based artist Mark Zygadlo’s WaterOrgan, a colourful kinetic artwork, was moored on the River Findhorn next to Logie Steading and Findhorn Bay. A pipe organ on the deck of a catamaran and pumped by a paddle wheel driven by the river’s flow, the WaterOrgan gathers data from the river through a series of electronic sensors and processes it into sound sequences played in real-time. Mark Zygadlo was also in conversation at an evening event at Logie Steading.

In August Findhorn Bay Arts’ artists-in-residence, Coleman & Hodges, presented an evocative interactive installation of images and sound from a collective capturing of time and place from across Moray and including Cullen, Burghead, Forres and Elgin. This marked the culmination of their residency with Findhorn Bay Arts, during whichthe artists worked with 75 local residents across Moray to install pinhole cameras in their houses and gardens, each of which took a single long exposure image over four months in the winter of 2020.

These beautiful images capture both the landscape and the sun’s journey across the sky as the Earth turns, a reminder that everything we see, however still or monumental, is in motion, both through space and through time. There will be accompanying audio of the participants’ thoughts and feelings during that time. The results are breathtaking and form a powerful collective memory.

In September, performance art company Oceanallover presented Ecdysis (In Vivo), an hour long visual poetry performance and music event involving dancers, musicians, and sculptural costume. An Oceanallover collaboration with the legendary MC Sgt Pokes, it is provocative and inclusive, experimental and uncompromising. The performance featured live vocals from Pokes and Breezy Lee with costume by Dumfries and Galloway based artist and performance maker Alex Rigg in collaboration with the unique couturier, Mr Pearl.

And finally, Edinburgh-based Vision Mechanics made a welcome return to Moray with STORM on Saturday 11 September in Burghead. Over 2000 people from the local community gathered to see STORM walking through Burghead to tell the story of the oceans in crisis.

Findhorn Bay Arts also opened its summer mini market shop from July to early October. Open three days a week throughout the summer (Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-2pm), the mini market shop sold the very best fresh and organic produce from local local growers and producers, including fresh and organic produce, speciality foods, homemade cakes and bakes, flowers, plants, chutney, jams, eco crafts and daily lunch takeaway specials, in addition to tickets for Source to Sea events.

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