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Green Tease: How Can Cultural Practices Contribute to a More Sustainable Scotland?

In our first Dundee Green Tease, On Site Projects invites four Dundee-based arts projects/organisations to present on how their practices relate to environmental sustainability and to discuss the development of an arts and sustainability network in the city.

Contributors include Dundee Urban Orchard (socially engaged artists), NEoN (Digital Arts Festival), Sharing Not Hoarding (a curatorial project), and Sarah Cook (curator of LifeSpace) to introduce their work framed in response to CCS’s culture/SHIFT themes:

  • Approaching complex questions and wicked problems, associated with environmental sustainability and climate change;
  • Making the invisible visible, revealing hidden and underlying structures which impact upon environmental sustainability of current and future societies;
  • Exploring the contradictions and compromises associated with the transition to a more sustainable future;
  • Moving beyond communication, re-expressing for different audiences the scientific, social and philosophical ideas and concepts associated with the transition to a more sustainable future.

We’ll discuss opportunities for collaboration with those working with environmental organisations and opportunities for the arts to be a useful vehicle for engaging in sustainability related-issues.

This event is one of four taking place across Scotland in March 2017 which will explore the connections between culture and climate change with artistic and sustainability practitioners.

These events are taking place within the context of culture/SHIFT: an action-research framework developed by CCS over the past year to foster new cultural and sustainability collaborations, and explore their potential in generating wider cultural change. Find out about other culture/SHIFT season events.

*Please note there is no parking available at the Vision Building. Parking can be found nearby at the Greenmarket Multi or behind the Science Centre.

Event contributors

Dundee Urban Orchard

Sarah Gittins is a visual artist living and working in Dundee and North Fife. Sarah primarily makes use of drawing and printmaking to explore issues of social and environmental justice. For the past four years Sarah has worked with Jonathan Baxter on a socially engaged art project called Dundee Urban Orchard (DUO). DUO has worked with more than 30 community groups and organisations to create a network of 25 orchards across the city. DUO’s primary aim is to raise awareness of food sustainability through replanting and reimagining Dundee as an Orchard City.


Sarah Cook is a curator, writer and researcher based in Scotland. She is editor of the book INFORMATION (Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2016) and is co-author (with Beryl Graham) of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press, 2010; Chinese edition 2016). She co-edited with Sara Diamond Euthoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues (Banff Centre Press, 2011). She is the co-founder and co-editor of CRUMB, the longstanding online resource for curators of new media art.

As Dundee Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Sarah curates the programme for LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery and works as an associate curator with New Media Scotland and with Scotland’s only digital arts festival NEoN Digital Arts.


Donna Holford-Lovell is director and curator of Fleet Collective, a multi-disciplinary collective based in Dundee. She has a particular interest in bringing together many creative parts and finding new ways of working and challenging traditional modes of practice, including practice within economic, business and policymaking. Fleet Collective’s many parts are curated in a way that allows it to have an environment that encourages exploratory process and exciting outputs.

One of Donna’s major roles since 2010 has been managing and curating NEoN, an international digital arts festival across the city of Dundee. In 2012 NEoN (North East of North) was established as a charity and Donna is now one is its directors. NEoN aims to advance the understanding and accessibility of digital and technology driven art forms and promote high quality work. Having established itself as a high quality platform NEoN is now embarking on a wider annual programme and establishing partnerships with festival producers in European and East Asia.

On Site Projects:

Jonathan Baxter is an ‘artist and …’ He works across disciplines – both art and non-art related – using psychoanalytic methodologies and performative practices to variously open up, challenge and propose what is. Since 2009 Jonathan has combined the roles of artist, curator, peer-educator, and researcher to deliver a series of participatory art projects in Dundee. These include Dundee Artists in Residence (2009-12), Dundee Urban Orchard (2013-16) and On Site Projects (2013-ongoing). Alongside these projects Jonathan maintains a studio practice with a focus on object assemblage and archives.

Sharing Not Hoarding:

Owen Daily is a Dundee-based artist, designer and teacher who co-founded Nomas* Projects with “Cully” McCulloch. As a zero-budget, experimental gallery, discussion platform, and network Nomas* provides a framework to test permaculture principles in a socially engaged visual arts context. Owen is interested in the possibilities presented by the marginal, overlooked and public domains as a site for change.

David McCulloch (“Cully”) is an artist living and working in Dundee. He is the founder of Morphe Arts, co-founder of Nomas* Projects and is currently undertaking an MFA in Arts Society and Publics at DJCAD. Cully works mainly in video and print and is interested in the relationships between art and theology and what sustains creative practice in contemporary culture.

Venue accessibility: This event venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any access requirements or questions please contact

Green Tease is an ongoing informal events programme which connects creative practices and environmental sustainability. Find out more here. Green Tease events are free to attend with refreshments provided.


2nd March 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Unit 6, Vision Building, 20 Greenmarket
Dundee, DD1 4QB

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