Environmental Art Festival Scotland
The Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS) was organised in 2013 and 2015 in Dumfries and Galloway, building on the legacy of environmental art in the region, creating debate and new temporary installations which explored our relationship to the land and issues of sustainability.
In 2013 Creative Carbon Scotland teamed up with EAFS and the Crichton Carbon Centre to explore the realities of implementing a triple bottom line approach to running the festival, considering environmental, social and economic sustainability.
This three way collaboration made the most of the different knowledge and expertise of the parties involved with the aim of developing a methodology for measuring the environmental, social and economic impacts of public art commissions and the festival as a whole.
New findings and knowledge generated from the research have been used to influence the second edition of the festival and other festivals across Scotland.
Part of our contribution to this project was to engage the commissioned artists to incorporate environmental considerations into the production and installation of their artworks. Key areas we asked them to think about include their travel and transportation of artworks, materials used, waste and recycling and lifespan of artworks.
Image: John Wallace, Cinema Sark, courtesy of Environmental Art Festival Scotland