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This Practicum, held on Monday 4 October 2021, relies upon local experts and knowledge to inform the audience of mostly artists and writers, with the aim of stimulating new collaborations between Irish and Scots who work creatively, to address and reimagine rural life (especially during the pandemic and post-Covid). 

In thinking speculatively, the following questions are posed:

  • Are there things that need to be reimagined?

  • What would make life better for regenerating the Scottish rural environment, its resources, animals and people?

  • Or making life more sustainable?


If you are an artist or writer interested in joining us on this Practicum please sign-up via Eventbrite. 

Practicum Itinerary | 4 October 2021 
Starting at 9.30am with a Coach Tour of surrounding Perthshire area, looking at different land uses and ways to frame rural practices, travelling to: 

  • The Hermitage and Ossian’s Hall folly 

  • Dunkeld Cathedral ruins and Market Cross 

  • Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve 

  • Five Lochs Road 

  • Meikleour Beech Hedge

  • with a stop at Thomas Thomson Berry Farm, Blairgowrie, to discuss some of the current issues facing berry farmers in Scotland. 


Light Lunch at the Royal George Hotel 

Session 1: Social Aspects of Rural Living 
Ian Massie, Councillor for Perth City North 

Ewan Allinson, Art is Not an Island film and the AALERT network

Colin McMahon, NHS Mental Health Community Practitioner 

Breakout Discussions 

Session 2: Relationship with the Environment 
Kenneth Stephen, The Scottish Gamekeepers Association 

Peter Wright, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) 

Breakout Discussions with coffee, tea and shortbread  


Session 3: Environmental Regeneration 

Audrey Duckworth, Binn Group  

Owen Selly, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) 

Adam Stead, ‘Alter-rurality: Art and Agriculture, my PhD’ 


Open Group Discussion 
Close of event with wine and informal conversation 


After this event and a similar one held in Ireland, the next step will be to connect our conversations and discussions through the website and web forum! We aim to link artists, writers and rural people across both Ireland and Scotland--and to help nurture collaborations and projects.

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