Encampment of Eternal Hope: For the Love of Soils - A People’s Collection

03nov11:00 am3:00 pmEncampment of Eternal Hope: For the Love of Soils - A People’s CollectionNorth Light Arts / Natalie Taylor invite you to bring us a small sample of soil which you think is significant and come and tell us about itThe Briggait, G1 5HZ11:00 am - 3:00 pm OrganiserRBGEEvent TypeCultural, Arts & Social,Meeting,Workshop & TrainingThemeClimate Justice,Food & Agriculture

Event Details

Drop in between 11 am – 3 pm, Wednesday 3rd November

North Light Arts invites you to take part in a project devised by artist Natalie Taylor to raise awareness of the plight of our global soils. Proper management of soils and protection from overuse of chemicals and erosion is vital in order to maintain our soils’ ability to grow our food sustainably. Careful management can also sequester air borne carbon very effectively.

Global agricultural soils are approx 30% degraded to the point where they are no longer able to support crop growing. See: this Guardian article about soils and this one from the UN.

For the Love of Soil- a People’s collection aims to collect soils from across Scotland and beyond to showcase a story based collection in advance of the World Congress of Soil Science in Glasgow, July- August 2022. The soil you bring could be used for growing your own food in a small garden or it could be a large managed farm, feeding many in the community. It could also be used for planting trees and sustaining local biodiversity. Some of these soils will be added to The Keeper of the Soils cape, a project highlighting this issue during the year leading up to a soil conference in Glasgow, July 2022 and starting with the Pilgrimage celebration event at Dunbar harbour on 17th Oct.

We warmly invite you to bring us your soil and make a label explaining its significance. artist vision of the soil/ food web. We will also have soil-based paint which you can use to respond to photographs of soil dwelling creatures.



Natalie Taylor:

Edinburgh based artist Natalie Taylor is currently creating participatory projects on the role of soil in our lives during a year long Fellowship with North Light Arts in Dunbar. Much of her previous sculptural, painted and filmed work has focused on our relationship with seeds, food, biodiversity and plants. Large scale environmental artworks have recently been commissioned by the Goethe-Institut, for London and Weimar, and will continue in a project commissioned by North Edinburgh Arts in 2022.

Walker & Bromwich:

Glasgow based collaborative duo Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich are known for their large- scale iconic sculptural works, participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds. At the core of their practice is the exploration of the role art can play as an active agent in society, evolving environments and situations within which people can begin to re-examine the world around them.


Project supported by:

Climate House, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and SEFARI Gateway


(Wednesday) 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


The Briggait

G1 5HZ



Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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