Culture

Artists at Bamff

For over a decade Bamff has held host to many notable artists, musicians and writers who have often used the estate and house as core components inspiring their work.

These include – Vedran Smailovic, Young Fathers, Christine Kydd, James Cheung, Aisha Zia and Nicholas Lezard

Currently residing at Bamff are folk singer Sophie Ramsay and composer Dave Maric. Sophie is gradually taking over responsibilities at Bamff for the rewilding project.
Dave is continuously creating sound and visual media inspired by the location. He will collaborate in late 2020 with Scottish artist Beatrice Searle (a regular visitor and contributor to Bamff cultural life).

Brother to Sophie, and also regularly working at Bamff, is the acclaimed artist George Finlay Ramsay who is planning to create future residencies in site specific locations.

Residencies at Bamff

Landscaping With Beavers – June 2019

In June 2019 the first rewilding related workshop residency took place at Bamff which brought together artists and academics and focussed primarily on beaver activities. 

Led by Jamie Lorimer and David Overend, this workshop gathered geographers and artists who share an interest in the landscaping practices of animals in order to explore:

  • How do beavers sense and make landscapes?
  • What do beavers and their humans tell us about the arts of multispecies collaboration, such as the turn to nature in water management?
  • What might be gained from combining the fieldwork practices of artists and geographers?

Over three days at Bamff they learnt about the beavers and their habits, and participated in a set of planned experiments in landscaping with beavers culminating in performances and installations.

Jamie and David returned with another group in March 2020 to continue their research into beaver activity and experiences.

Future plans

– include the development of existing structures dotted around the estate to be used as spaces for a whole variety of future events and festivals – placing rewilding at the centre of activities and providing the local community, artists and visitors with educational as well as inspirational impetus.