Guide to the Waalk

To get the full guide to the Bord Waalk trail, don’t forget to download the app from either the Apple App Store, or the Google Play store on your smartphone. Follow the links below. To know what to expect, we’ve put together some basic information about each piece here:

The Bords

1 - Recycled Terns - Diane Watson A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

My work will focus on the migration of the Arctic Turn, and plastic pollution of our seas. The life of a sea bird is particularly affected by the health of our oceans. It is estimated that 1 million birds die from plastic consumption and entanglement every year. The work I produce will reflect the distance the Arctic Turn might travel in its migration and its migration patterns that follow the sun.

I have created a design based on the shape of Turns in flight, each bird shape is made from images of plastic collected off the beach. The images will be printed on metal sheets and displayed inside the bus stop. The artic turns travel approx. 12,000 miles during migration, a bus stop where journeys start, and finish seems like a suitable location for the work.

2 - Bird Song - Aether and Hemera A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

A metal sculpture that represents the sound wave of a birdsong, can be the physical starting point for a journey of exploration and discovery of Northumberland’s native birds.

The installation is developed in the shape of a 3D rhythmic pattern of lines that mimic the harmonic sound of a birdsong; it aims at amplifying the presence of the local bird population while visitors can explore terns, razorbills, kittiwakes, shags and guillemots’ different calls using the App.

‘Birdsongs’ sculpture encourages people to stop and connect with the richness of Northumberland’s unique habitat and wildlife diversity.

3 - Flock Sphere - Rob Mulholland A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Flock Sphere was inspired by the abundant birdlife and location near the estuary. The sculpture has been created using cut stainless steel bird shapes that are interlocked and welded to form a three-dimensional sphere. An open entrance on one side allows people the opportunity to enter the sphere and become part of the bird flock, thus creating an immersive and unique experience. The ability to experience the sculpture from both outside and inside encourages interaction with the sculpture and offers the potential to develop one’s own creative approach through photography and video looking out from within the sculpture. This special viewpoint also allows the viewer to consider their own relationship with natural world and more specifically the relationship they have with the world of ornithology. This interrelationship between humans and the natural world is a key aspect of my artistic practise and is in line with my current interest as an artist.

4 - Tern Wings - Jon Voss A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Tern Wings is inspired by the elegant wings of a Tern captured in a moment of flight. The piece will stand approximately 3.5m tall allowing visitors to pass in and around the work, experiencing it from all angles and allowing exploration of these ‘mirror finish’ wing shapes from up close and in detail.

The piece is fabricated using highly polished stainless steel which is rolled and hand shaped to form the elegant lines of the more than 280 individual feather components that will go into the piece. These sharp and crisp feathers are each a mirrored sculpture in themselves coming together and interlocking in the hope of capturing the beauty of the elegant Tern on a grand scale.

5 - Dokies Egg - Alec Finlay and Chris Watson A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Our artwork is a collaboration. Chris Watson and I have worked together on several projects, most recently 2 audio walks that we shared as a free resource during lockdown.

This new project, ‘sea pies and a dokie’s egg’, is a calendar of birds, featuring recordings Chris made, many of them local, which you can enjoy on a walk at Amble.

We’re also going to work with Alistair Letch, to design an egg-shaped bird hide shelter with a view of the estuary. The construction of ‘The Dokie’s Egg’ is influenced by local coble fishing boats.

A sea pie is an oyster catcher, and a dokie is a guillemot – it can refer to any of the auk family.

The name was collected by Katrina Porteous; it is used at Newton by the Sea. Katrina is also making work at Amble. A book that she contributed to, Bill Griffiths’ Fishing and Folk, is another inspiration for our artwork. Bill was a wonderfully innovative poet who lived in Seaham, and he collected dialect terms up and down the North-east coast. I’m just as interested in names from further afield, which imitate bird calls or suggest something of a bird’s character, or mythology. How many of you can identify a cuddy duck, whaup, Coulterneb, Willock, handsaw, boondie or sea lark?

The poem I’ve written is an avian calendar for amble. The app which is being produced will allow people to listen to birds in their habitat – mudflats, salt-marsh, or river — whether they are present, or have yet to arrive on their annual migration.

6 - East window in St Cuthberts church A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

7 - Peace sculpture - Stephen Lunn & Ashlee Donaldson A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

In 2018, Amble Town Council erected a new memorial to honour all those from the town who through their efforts and sacrifice had helped to bring peace. The arch symbolises the journey from conflict to calmer times with the poppies at the base representing those who did not return to their loved ones and the eternal symbol of peace- doves- at its height representing that to which all generations aspire. More details are available on the information board nearby.

8 - Bird Heads - Andrew Burton A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

I made these sculptures of birds’ heads over a period of several months, working in my studio in Newcastle. They are made from very thick slabs of clay which I join together in a spontaneous way. For tools, I use sticks, bats, scrapers – and my hands. I am quite physical with the clay. Once the form is right, I begin to work on the head in more detail until I think it expresses the idea I want.

Then I have to make sure all the clay is thoroughly joined and unified – otherwise the sculpture is sure to crack and break during the firing. I also have to hollow the clay out, and thin down the clay walls. Because the sculptures are still quite thick, they have to dry slowly, and very thoroughly. Then I fire them in a kiln, also very very slowly and to a high temperature so they are strong enough. After a first ‘bisque’ firing I glaze them, then fire them again. Making the heads is therefore a slow process.

For research, I visited the coastline and islands around Amble, making drawings and photographs. I had to decide which birds to represent-l also made curlews, terns and ducks but eventually I decided that a combination of gulls and puffins would work best. Originally, I had thought about siting them closer to the water, maybe on the harbour front. But after meeting in Amble many times and looking a different possible sites, we decided to site a group in the town square.

9 - Uplift - Jonny Michie A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Uplift is a sculpture highlighting the beauty of the Roseate Tern – a rare sea bird that can be spotted soaring over the Amble Coastline.

The design captures the dynamic movement and grace of this terrific creature, Focusing on the initial take off as the bird hurls itself into open air. Evoking the thrill of flight.

The sculpture is made from 3mm Brass sheet. This durable material will withstand the coastal climate and develop a natural patina over the years.

The sculpture measures: 0.8m (H) × 1.3m (W) x 0.6m (D)

10 - Cracked Eggs - Stuart Langley A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Life, that of birds and humans, is fragile. Three oversized mirrored eggs balance precariously as an abstract sculptural form which invites audiences to ponder and question the concept of existence. Their mirrored surface reflects the spectators’ activity and places their image onto the artwork which is punctuated by intensely coloured cracks alluding to either the beginning or destruction of life. An arrestingly simple composition inspired by the basis of all bird life, the work encourages contemplation and awareness of the importance of inter-species support to guarantee the wellbeing of birds and humans alike.

11 - Big Puffin - Ben Greenwell A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

A mysterious giant stone sculpture of a puffin has been found near Amble on the Northumberland coastline!

2m high x 3m width x 2m length – Sandstone effect epoxy resin.

The ‘Great Puffin’, wings outstretched prepares for take-off over this beautiful landscape it calls home. It is inspired by the abundant ancient artworks from the early bronze and iron ages that can be found in the area, and stylistically is a hybrid of both. Fabricated to look like it has been carved from local stone thousands of years ago, he stands proud like an ancient god; symbolising the spiritual significance of the intimate relationship ancient man and his after bears have with the surrounding natural landscape and nature within.

12 - Murmuration - Frances Anderson A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Murmuration is inspired by many years of observing, filming, photographing murmurations at East Chevington Nature Reserve Northumberland. Starlings are a bird of community and communication, they share and accept responsibility, different flocks coming together for safety and sharing of information over the winter months. An acceptance and togetherness that has particular relevance to the world we inhabit today. The ideas for the sculpture were developed through printmaking, laser cutting and then finally sculpture.

The work is fabricated in Corten Steel which, as it ages, rusts creating a protective coating. Murmuration stands approximately 2m high and 3m long with the impression of a starling murmuration cut from it. The steel is curved to mimic the flight path and flow of the birds and making it more aerodynamic against the prevailing winds.

13 - Brick Tree - Rodney Harris A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

A four-metre-high hand carved giant tree stump with bird nesting holes that provide suitable cavities for shelter and nesting birds. The tree sculpture is carved from local clay made into bricks; a material normally used for building human houses. The aim is to create a positive environmental impact whilst creating the memory of historic local landscape and to explore the relationship between landscape, the built environment, and ornithology. Following consultation with the RSPB the height and size of the nesting holes is specifically designed for the Tree Sparrow, an endangered species found at Hauxley Nature Reserve.

The clay bricks have been carved into the giant tree stump and bird holes have been added for their nesting sites. The next stage is to slowly and carefully dismantle the work into bricks and dispatch to the brick factory for firing. The sculpture is in two sections that will be joined on construction.

14 - Roseate Terns - Celia Smith A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

15 - Sanctuary - John Kefala Kerr A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Sanctuary is an audio installation that draws connections between the avian and the human by transforming people’s singing voices into ‘birdcalls’ and birdcalls into human-like vocalisations. Scored for a hybrid ensemble of singers, musical instruments, digital sounds and an unlikely chorus of people and birds, the work encourages reflection on the intersections between bird and human life in terms of how each has a common need for a safe haven.

I think of Sanctuary as a kind of meditation, offering bird trail walkers the opportunity to pause for fifteen minutes or so and experience Little Shore as an al fresco concert hall. This small beach close to Amble harbour is frequented by seabirds, and I like to think that people listening to Sanctuary might interpret the displays of bird flight there as part of the piece’s overall drama.

Sounds for Sanctuary were gathered from a variety of sources, including recordings of local people and members of Harbour Lights choir whose ‘birdified’ voices form part of the work’s sonic texture. Along with soprano Alison McNeil’s wordless singing (listen out for her brief duet with a skylark), and a hybrid score of orchestral and electronic instruments, these elements combine to treat human and bird utterances as interchangeable: transposing, juxtaposing and intermingling their ‘voices’.

My research involved observing and listening to birds, and reading various articles about bird flight, habits and habitats.

I found migration a particularly telling metaphor for the contested ethics of human exodus and resettlement, and this guided me in sculpting the sometimes plaintive, sometimes playful music. As did stories about birds: in particular, The Origin of the Birds by the Italian author Italo Calvino. Calvino’s short tale highlights the sheer of otherness of birds, and I was especially drawn to one scene where the central character, Qwfwa, takes refuge from a flock of attacking birds by hiding under the wing of a giant bird. I equate this idea of a safe haven to the stretch of coastline that plays host to the Amble bird sculpture trail, and which provides a habitat and a shelter for birds and people alike.

16 - The Bird Roads – Katrina Porteous & Geoff Sample A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

The Bird Roads is a series of six short audio podcasts by Geoff Sample and Katrina Porteous, intended to be enjoyed in the named areas along the Bord Waalk sculpture trail between Low Hauxley and Warkworth. Each podcast lasts seven or eight minutes, and is best heard in combination with the land, sea, wildlife and artworks of each site. The sites are:

  • Low Hauxley
  • The Dunes
  • Amble Harbour
  • Amble Lookout
  • The Braid
  • The Estuary

Each piece includes the voices of local residents and some of the artists involved in the trail, together with Geoff’s wildlife recordings made on location, and specially-commissioned poetry written and read by Katrina. While each podcast may be enjoyed on its own, Katrina’s accompanying notes explore some of the historical and natural background to each piece.

The Bird Roads podcasts may be enjoyed in any order, or listened to as a series beginning at Low Hauxley and ending by the estuary on the Warkworth Road. We hope that, through these pieces, listeners may pause and perhaps connect more deeply with this richly rewarding landscape.

The Artists

Aether and Hemera A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Aether & Hemera studio was founded in 2008 by Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Benghi, to produce work that lies at the intersections of interactive design, media architecture and contemporary art installation. They aim to explore the relationships between perception, spaces and embodied experiences for creating art that connects people with their environment.

Aether & Hemera’s diverse works – in lighting sculpture, video, and installation – have been exhibited internationally at a broad range of events and locations, including Canary Wharf (UK 2012, 2017), Vivid Festival in Sydney (AU 2013), Amsterdam Light Festival (NL 2014, 2016), Enlighten Canberra (AUS 2014, 2017), Baltimore Light City (USA 2016, 2018), Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew (UK 2018), Jerusalem Light Festival (IS 2016, 2018), Dubai Emaar Art (UAE 2018), Constellation Festival (FR 2018), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (SCO 2019).

They have been awarded grants and commissions from AFHC (Arts for Health Cornwall 2008), Arts Council England (2010, 2011, 2013), Sustrans (2010), Inspire Northumberland (2010), Arts for Health Manchester (2010), NHS North Yorkshire (2011), Newcastle upon Tyne Council (2011), Scottsdale Arts (2014), Quays Culture (2016), Scottish Maritime Museum (2016), Whitgift Foundation (2017), EPSRC (2018), Emaar Public Art (2018), Durham Council (2018), Light Art Collection (2018).

Recognitions include, Aesthetica Prize (Finalist 2013), NAE Culture Cloud (Finalist 2013), Official Raspberry Pi Magazine (Winner 2016), Lighting Design Awards (Finalist 2019), DARC awards (Finalist 2019).

Alec Finlay & Chris Watson A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Alec Finlay is an artist & poet whose work crosses a range of media and forms. Finlay has recently been awarded the 2020 Cholmondeley award for services to poetry. Much of his work considers how we relate to landscape and ecology, including place-awareness, hutopianism, rewilding, and disability access. Recent work includes HUTOPIA for the Fondazione Prada exhibition Machines á penser’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is currently artist in residence with Paths for All.

Finlay has published over forty books and won seven Scottish Design Awards, including two Grand Prix Awards (2001, 2015). Recent publications include the Scottish Design Award best publication winner a far-off land (2018); gathering published by Hauser & Wirth (2018); th’ fleety wud (2017), minnmouth (2017), ebban an’ flowan (2015), and Global Oracle (2014).

Chris Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then, he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals and habitats from around the world. As a freelance composer and sound recordist Watson specialises in creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place.

His television work includes programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound recordist for the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012).

Watson has recorded and featured in many BBC Radio 4 and World Service productions including ‘The Wire’ which won him the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Broadcaster of The Year Award (2012). His music is regularly featured on the BBC Radio 3 programme Late Junction’. He has also worked extensively for RTE Radio 1 on series such as ‘Sound Stories’.

Andrew Burton A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Andrew Burton is a sculptor who lives and works in Newcastle, where he is Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University.

His work situates sculpture and installation in relation to landscape and architecture. He often takes an experimental approach to materials and processes, combining materials traditionally associated with sculpture such as clay with other materials that are more ephemeral – like plants, or embodying impermanence in the way the sculpture is made. Recently, he has been working in Africa collaborating with artisans and traditional craft workers as well as other artists. This work occupies a space between art, craft and the day-to-day object and is characterised by the importance of the human hand in the making process.

His work for the Amble Bird Trail is a return to figuration, a strand that has run through much of his sculpture. Here, it releases the expressive potential of clay to speak to powerful emotional characteristics we associate with birds.

Andrew’s work has been exhibited in Britain and across the world. Recently, he has completed artist’s residencies at the Bundanon Trust and Hill End in Australia, where he made work about a landscape of corrugated iron and eucalyptus trees. In 2019 he was invited by the Korea Ceramic Foundation to create a work that would speak to reconciling tensions between North and South Korea – the resulting work gathered together one hundred ancient kimchi jars.

Ben Greenwood A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Ben is a sculptor and artist from North Yorkshire. In his work he adopts a ‘hands on’ approach, moving between classical bronze to modern resins and everything in between. The defining feature of his work is a true affection for his subjects and a playful, unaffected style. Alongside working on public and private commissions Ben make sculptures, props and scenic elements for film, TV, theatre, museums, events and retail.

Celia Smith A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Celia Smith is an artist who draws with wire, as others draw with pencil. For her, creating sculptures out of wire is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy.

The majority of Celia’s sculptures are of native British birds. She aims to capture not only their shape but also their movement and character. A lot of time is spent drawing and studying the birds and often, small wire studies and life-size pieces are made directly in front of the subject.

Diane Watson A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Diane Watson was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1968, developing an early fascination with pattern and colour inspired by the wallpaper sample books brought home by her painter and decorator father. Diane went on to study Ceramics at Loughborough and later a degree in Textiles which led to a teaching post where she eventually became course leader for Fashion and Textiles. Diane also has an MA in Ceramics, graduating from Sunderland University in 2009.

After leaving teaching, Diane threw herself entirely into her own practice, taking long contemplative walks along the beautiful northeast coastline with her rescue dog Bobby, which inspired her environmentally-themed work. These walks have borne many discoveries, starting out as a quest for exciting flotsam and jetsam but culminating in an awareness of the extent of the damaging impact of plastics which are washed up on the seashore.

Microplastics have been found in beer, honey and 90% of sea salt, one in three fish contains plastic, we are eating it! Diane’s response is to raise awareness of plastic pollution. By using photography, print, and installation her work challenges the viewer to inspect these objects in an unfamiliar context. She seduces the viewer with abstract shapes and patterns, once she has captured their attention the images unravel, and you start to recognise the strange array of objects. Her aim is to provoke a reaction to ongoing environmental issues.

Her collection of thousands of plastic tops, toys, bottles, lighters, and other discarded items are used to create kaleidoscopic patterns reminiscent of the 1970s wallpapers of her childhood.

John Kefala Kerr A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

John Kefala Kerr is a British-Greek sound artist, composer and writer. A prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the University of Sussex, John has had work presented at festivals and venues in the UK, USA, Europe and Japan, including the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York; Wigmore Hall; St John’s Smith Square; South Bank Centre, London; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Select 107 FM; Teatro Rossini, Pesaro; Atelier St Ann, Brussels and De Singel, Antwerp.

John’s output includes instrumental, vocal, site-specific, installation and multimedia works. These are often conceived in close proximity to everyday events, situations and circumstances. His cycle of four site-specific operas, Beyond Belief, for instance, was commissioned in the wake of the Cumbrian foot and mouth crisis. Sited respectively in a sports centre, church, cinema and marquee, the cycle featured a cast of over 100 professional and non-professional performers, including magicians, hairdressers, piano tuners and gardeners.

John is a recipient of the Dio Award, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Contemporary Music Prize and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composer’s Prize. In 2003 he received the UK Arts Council Encore Award, and in 2006 his work for orchestra and mixed chorus, Panagia, won the gold medal in the Volos International Composition Competition. Collaboration credits include, Tandem Dance, Northern Stage, David Massingham Dance, Quarantine Theatre Co. Grand Gestures Dance Collective, Merlin Films and the animator Maki Kobayashi.

John’s past work includes Eight Bells—an elegy for violin and soundtrack developed in collaboration with marine scientists at the Dove Marine Laboratory. His ‘sound opera’ A Sign in Space was commissioned by Durham Cathedral and received a Journal Culture Award in 2012 and his site-specific sound installation Book of Bells—created for the 2013 Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition-toured UK festivals, including Sonorities, Belfast and BEAST, Birmingham. As artist-in-residence at the UK National Railway Museum in 2014, John developed a multimedia opera (Steamsong), which was premiered at the Durham International Festival. In 2017 he developed Blood Choir, a work for mixed voices and soundtrack in which performers test their own blood glucose levels to determine the sung notes. In 2018 he was appointed Composer-in-Residence at Newcastle’s historic Grainger Market where he developed a mini opera (Arcadia) in one of the vacant shop units.

In 2020 John completed an installation for the National Centre for the Written Word, and composed the score for the 2020 Straight8 Film Festival winning film, Fly Home. During periods of covid lockdown, John contributed new works to Skipton Camerata’s Lockdown Diaries’ and Ghenadie Rotari’s ‘Quarantine Diaries’ projects. In 2022 John was appointed Associate Artist at An Tobar and Mull Theatre.

John’s debut novel Thimio’s House is published by Roundfire Books and his poetry has appeared in anthologies by Live Canon, Arachne Press and Crowstep Journal.

Jon Voss A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Jon Voss is a professional artist and architect, trained at the Bartlett in London. In 2004 Jon moved to Sydney Australia, where for the next 11 years he pursued his passion for art and design. Since 2014 he has been living in Southern France where he is now creating new exciting works of sculpture, illustration and kinetic art.

Jon’s art is a considered juxtaposition. It’s both a boyish fascination with our heavily industrialized world, and an unapologetic adoration for our natural world. While these two loves typically live in constant conflict, within Jon’s art the barriers and lines between the two are blurred and distorted.

“A large part of what I do comes from a love of machines and all things mechanical, however the form is borrowed from the immensely complex and elegant lines of nature. It is this unlikely but intriguing symbiosis of these passions that drives what I do”.

Jonny Michie A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Jonny Michie is a sculptor from the North of England. He specialises in utilising a range of 3D fabrication techniques in his work. These include modern computer technologies as well as traditional analogue methods of construction. He believes that the convergence between these two worlds is where true innovation happens.

Jonny studied Glass and Ceramics at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. During this time, he developed a foundation in traditional craft processes. These included designing and creating stained-glass windows and casting.

Afterwards he became interested in digital 3D modelling. He began to incorporate Computer-aided manufacturing processes into his work. This allowed him break free of the flat confines of stained-glass window construction and create more complex 3 Dimensional sculptures.

Jonny spent some time working in the film industry as a prop designer and maker. This was a fast paced, hectic environment. He was involved in a wide variety of productions, often simultaneously. During this time, he became familiar with a range of materials and making techniques.

Jonny has exhibited his work at several venues across Britain. In 2019 he was awarded the ‘International Artist of the Year Award’ by the Glass Art Society.

Stephen Lunn & Ashlee Donaldson A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Father and daughter blacksmiths, Stephen Lunn and Ashlee Donaldson from Northumberland, have each created memorials to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The pair, who work for the family business JS Lunn and Sons, were both inspired to create memorials that symbolise peace and remember those who lost their lives in conflict. Amble Town Council worked with Stephen to create a new permanent memorial, with residents of the town having their say in what phrases they would like to see on the arches of his sculpture, resulting in one referring to service and the other to peace.

Stephen Lunn was awarded the Tonypandy cup by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, just days before he completed work on the stunning new peace sculpture which has been placed in Amble’s Memorial Gardens.

Katrina Porteous & Geoff Sample A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Katrina is a Scottish-born poet and local historian based on the North Northumberland coast. Her work explores connections between human culture and the natural environment, and her special interests include Northumberland’s inshore fishing tradition. She has written extensively for radio, and her publications with Bloodaxe Books include The Lost Music (1996), Two Countries (2014), and Edge (2019).

Katrina enjoys collaborating with scientists, musicians and other artists, and created Longshore Drift with maritime artist James Dodds, and several pieces with electronic composer Peter Zinovieff. She also writes in Northumbrian dialect and is President of the Northumbrian Language Society.

Geoff Sample is a field recordist, natural history author and sound artist, with a special interest in birdsong and the cultural history of hearing music in nature. His books and audio guides have been published by HarperCollins, including the best-selling Collins Bird Songs & Calls. He has enjoyed a long collaboration with Marcus Coates, including the multi-screen installation Dawn Chorus (Baltic 2007), and other contemporary artists whose work explores elements of animal culture, sound and the natural landscape including Hanna Tuulikki, Caroline Bergvall, Daisy Ginsberg, and Mike Collier.

He regularly contributes to radio, most recently producing and presenting the BBC Radio 3 series A Birdsong Garden, commissioned as part of Culture in Quarantine.

Rob Mulholland A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Rob Mulholland, born in Glasgow, graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1986. He has exhibited work throughout the UK and Internationally.

His practise explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. Utilizing a wide variety of forms and materials his sculpture installations interact with their surroundings. He incorporates mirrored surfaces in his sculptures to reflect the given environment and alter the viewers perception of the space. The reflection is purposely distorted inviting the viewer to question their individual relationship with their surroundings. This nexus between people and the natural world is further developed in recent works such as ‘Natural Creation’ which illuminates this symbiotic relationship.

He is interested in elements of deconstruction and has interpreted this with sculptures such as Skytower and Evolve in which kinetic forces appear to have torn through and re-shaped the sculptural forms. These sculptures explore the boundaries of physical mechanics allowing him to develop his practise further. His work is both gallery based and sited in public spaces.

Recent commissions / Exhibitions:

2020 – K Woodlands Sculpture Trail, East Kilbride, Scotland
2020 – Osnova Gallery, Moscow – private commission
2019 – Sculpture installation – UK Pavilion and Garden at Beijing Expo 2019.
2019 – ‘Elemental tower’ Cypress Waters, Dallas, Texas, USA
2018 – ‘ Settlement’ Heysham, Morecombe Bay, England
2018 – ‘Natural Creation’ North Pennines, England. UK
2017 – Cheng Long Environment Art project – Taiwan
2017 – ‘Vínculo eterno. Madre e hijo’ at Nido de Quelzalcoat, Mexico City.
2017 – DZNE. Sculpture commission, Bonn University. Germany
2016 – ‘ Evolve ‘Glasgow Commonwealth Games Legacy – Major public commission. UK
2016 – ‘One Flock’ Art installation Portsmouth, Virginia USA
2016 – Fotokunst, Zingst, Germany
2016 – Oatlands Artwork Commission, Glasgow Scotland. UK
2015 – ‘ Emergence ‘ NHS Scotland, Sculpture for new Community Health Centre. Scotland. Uk
2015 – Artcurator Gallery, Sculpture commission, Moscow, Russia
2015 – ‘Rise of Oudinarde’ Perth, Scotland. UK
2014 – ‘Transmigration’ 17th International Sculpture Symposium, Icheon, Korea
2014 – ‘Lest we forget’ Installation for BBC London. England. UK
2013 – ‘The Watchers’ Mainau Island – Konstance – Germany
2013 – ‘Skytower’ Sculpture Commission – Forestry Commission Scotland UK

Rodney Harris A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Sculptor and Printmaker Rodney Harris is based at Spike Island Studios in Bristol, UK, where he has held various positions including artist trustee on the board of Directors.

He has been commissioned by a wide variety of public and private organisations internationally for Public Artworks, mainly in structural materials such as brick or glass, that respond to site specific, environmental, and cultural themes.

He is part of an award-winning collaboration with artist Valda Jackson, Jackson and Harris, winners of the Marsh Award for excellence in Public Sculpture by the Public Statues and Sculpture Association (PSSA) in 2017.

He is co-founder of the Earth Art Fellowship and Gallery at Bristol University, following his Leverhulme Trust Artist Residency in 2015. He has collaborated with other international artists on Gallery based projects, live art, performance, and installation projects, in Korea, Turkey, US and UK.

St Cuthbert's Church A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

The east window, in St Cuthbert’s Parish Church Amble, shows St Cuthbert with his Cuddy Ducks sitting around his feet. The church is open daily so you would be most welcome to come in and see the window. The church was built in 1870 by John Thomas Carse who had a building firm here in Amble

St Cuthbert became a popular medieval saint of Northern England and is regarded as the patron saint of Northumbria. He lived as a hermit on the Farne Islands which is the nesting place for Eider Ducks, known locally as ‘Cuddy’s’ or ‘Cuthbert’s Ducks. Cuthbert introduced special laws in 676 protecting the Eider Ducks, and other seabirds nesting on the islands; these are thought to be the earliest bird-protection laws anywhere in the world.

The beautiful East window first lit the chancel in 1927. The central panel shows Christ with St.Cuthbert and Cuddy ducks on his left and St. Oswald, crowned, on his right. The inscription, in the right hand corner, is in memory of John Thomas Carse of Amble (1851-1904) whose affectionate and respectful brass memorial had been placed on the North wall. John predeceased his wife Mary Ann who survived until 1927 when the window was dedicated to them both.

Stuart Langley A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Stuart drives a varied practice output as public realm works which consider light, colour, neon, sculpture, digital and interactivity.

An ongoing interest in ideas of fantasy and utopia found in theme parks and coastal resorts drives him to realise work which captures our gaze to encourage free thinking and imagination. Since being awarded a commission for Lumiere Durham 2013 he has worked intensively to build a body of work which focuses on revealing magic in the mundane.

Frances Anderson A plus sign inside a circle A minus sign inside a circle

Frances Anderson works across multiple art forms: photography, film, textiles, site specific installations, live art, printmaking and 3d design, kinetic art and kites. Her work comes from an immersive process and embedded practice whatever the context, inviting the viewer to see and experience through her eyes. Although based in Amble Frances shows her work internationally and has had several solo shows in the UK.

Her work is held in private collections across the world, and she has won several international awards for her photography. Much of her work is influenced by the natural world around us and her experiences and relationship with water as a Channel swimmer greatly influence her work. Frances is Co-Director of Dry Water Arts Centre in Amble and has worked extensively over the past 25 years in participatory arts across the North East.

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