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Dairy House

Dairy HouseOpen in Lightbox
Pop-up milk bar in Gatehouse of Fleet © Clem Sandison
Dairy HouseOpen in Lightbox
The pop-up milk bar at Cairnsmore of Fleet © Alex Wilde
Dairy HouseOpen in Lightbox
Contributing memories to the pop-up milk bar © Clem Sandison
Dairy HouseOpen in Lightbox
Listening to the sound piece at the pop-up milk bar © Alex Wilde
Dairy HouseOpen in Lightbox
Publicity image © Clem Sandison

Open Jar Collective commission from the Environmental Art Scotland festival, 2013

The Open Jar Collective were commissioned by the Environmental Art Festival Scotland to do a small research project in Dumfries and Galloway and share it with the festival audience.

Open Jar Collective consider the interconnections between the food we eat and how it’s produced and distributed. Over the summer we interviewed people and documented places connected with dairy farming in Dumfries and Galloway, gathering an understanding of relationships, passions and perspectives on food.

To share the results of our research we built a pop-up milk bar, which we will brought to the festival on Sunday 1st September. The bar toured Gatehouse of Fleet during the day and was part of the EAFS Gathering 3: The Land and Us at Cairnsmore of Fleet SNH Reserve in the evening.

The milk bar was created as a space for rumination and conversation that drew from our experience of visiting the farms and speaking to farmers, exploring issues and experiences of dairy farmers and their cows. Visitors to the bar were invited to drink a glass of milk with us and hear stories that we gathered and add their own to our collection.

This project brought some of the elements of the dairy farm out to the community; sounds, images, people’s personal memories and daily experiences. It would be great to further develop the idea and speak to more people involved in the distribution and consumption of dairy as well as the producers. There is another Environmental Art Festival planned for 2014 and hope to be part of this one too.