Masters results are in, I have just been to collect my white envelope and opened it to find I now have a masters degree in fine art, Art Society and Publics with a “distinction.”
With stage curtain draw and open from behind screen. This screen is also functional horizontally as a live humane moth trap great for engaging people with nature.
My art practice utilises traditional art materials and natural resources on site, in the making of art, to experience, and draw attention towards local nature, and environmental issues.
In the showing of this work my aim is to be flexible; responding to its function, needs, and audience. Work could be presented as an “information hub” explaining the concepts of my practice and/or showing work in situ, or an event or a traditional gallery as 2D work and 3D works or images of 3D site specific work.
The approach to my art practice is to remain as reactive to situations and places as possible; making my practice constantly in progress and permanently developing by responding artistically to the community’s needs and balancing them with the aims and interests of my practice. This can take any artistic form, which achieves my goal of: working with communities facilitating, encouraging and sharing the engagement with the natural environment through art-based projects which can have a therapeutic effect on our mental and physical health as a result.
The challenges for me are: working within financial/funding and budget constraints, and adopting the role of facilitator, on community-engagement projects. This has repeatedly emerged as an unexpected but enjoyable challenge, inspiring future work through sharing ideas and suggestions springing from current projects.
1978- 2010 30 year plus career in horticulture, employed in both private and public sector in a number of supervisory and training roles in horticulture.
2012-2014 Portfolio course
2014-2017 B.A. FINE ART. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
2017-2018 (currently undertaking) M.F.A. Art Society and Publics. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
2010 Public voted favourite painting Dundee Art Society exhibition. (The bobbing dipper, water colour)
2011 Winner of best amateur painting Meffan Gallery Forfar open competition. (lock and latch, pastel)
2012 Winner of Harry Vaughan cup D.A.S.exhibition judged by curator of Mc Manus galleries Dundee and voted public favourite painting Dundee Art Society exhibition. (Tap O the hill, acrylic)
2013 Public voted favourite painting Autumn /winter exhibition Dundee Art Society
2014 Royal Scottish Academy society of painters in watercolour, Edinburgh, winner of student category (stag on the hill). Public voted favourite painting Dundee Art Society exhibition (stag party in Glen Shee Watercolour)
2015 judging duty at Royal Highland Show Ingliston Edinburgh handicrafts.
2016 Winner of Sculpture prize in conjunction with Woodland Trust Scotland. Woodpecker Installation).
2018 Prize residency at Dumfries house, with The Royal School of Drawing.
DJCAD Degree show
I have been asked if I would like to submit work for the Dundee botanical garden book project. Hope to do one or two botanical paintings. Have completed one so far a botanical study of Eucalyptus tree. Another one under way of the Monkey puzzle tree.will post soon.
Degree show going extremely well won prize of a residency award with The Royal Drawing School, and sold two paintings so far, many thanks to all who have supported me.
DUNDEE ARTIST KEN BAMBURY
just a few words to say the hand cart is progressing and i start working on the chassis Tues 3rd. the picture below is of the catering/storage box which will sit on the back of the cart
19/06/18 The MFA ASP course is now building to a conclusion which of course the finale is an exhibition in the cooper gallery Dundee. Although presently at the planning stage for this exhibition, i should feel excited about this i am more concerned as to how i can best show my Art practice, being almost entirely based in the outdoors, in the ” white cube space called a gallery?”
I have decided i should attempt to engage with the public and offer information in a number of ways explaining what my art practice is about. to do this i plan on showing my multi functional hand cart, which will accompany me on the walks i plan to undertake and serve as a mobile outdoor workspace/catering/ shadow puppet theatre, i have designed and constructed, (pictures to follow) this will as in an outdoor setting form the centre piece to my art practice.
Dundee artist Ken Bambury just started masters course Art Society and publics, looking forward to meeting and seeing new fellow students and their work, possibilities I hope for collaborating as i have ideas about collaboratively making very large scale land art work.
My art now is aligning itself with a more land art feel hence my interest in making and the revival of traditional skills I am now researching ancient fire lighting techniques, metal forging, and stone balancing.
28/01/2018 My practice is still developing, now i am looking at the whole experience of a journey into wild spaces, to produce art work and using this as a way to facilitate people in engaging with nature. To date i have been researching an area which has been familiar to me for many years, it is the cairngorm national park in particular corrie fee area it is a renowned international, site of scientific interest, due to its unique geology and there for the many rare sub arctic alpine plants in the area. at this stage i feel this will undoubtedly lead to some kind of botanic art. unfortunately i cant get out there due to weather conditions and the amount of snow to observe these plants.|so i wil content myself with looking through university archives of this area as i believe the university had a field hut in the area.
Taking part in university botanical garden “plant power day” work shop for making flutes/whistles out of Japanese knotweed hoping for good weather.
another workshop at ninewells community garden, great success 10 new happy whistle makers.
Next workshop is not until October as part of Blairgowrie and Rattary Art festival.