Todays ephemeral art includes

Leaf ball made of willow twigs and bark cordage and forest floor leaves

Grass pyramid,   grass seed and  stems phalaris arundinacae and seed pods of wood avens, geum urbanun.

Silt trap , dry stream bed,sun and ragwort flowers senecio jacobaea.




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Ken Bambury.

Dundee artist.



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.



Horticultural career

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.

Art career

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

DJCAD Masters 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.





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 cartcart3434andcart box

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.

ninewells garden w/shop

Next workshop is not until October as part of  Blairgowrie and Rattary Art festival.






The Bear and the Bee pastel painting SOLD


Goldfinches on Thistles (pastel)

Gooseander chicks  (acrylic)



Admiral and Orange tips (acrylic) SOLD



Stag party in Glen Shee  SOLD



bees on balsam  SOLD


other art work

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Thumb piano -Sold

This was one of the items made as part of my course work in 3rd year it is made from bicycle part and spring rake and wood from an old drawer.

i am currently working on a set of bagpipes made from Japanese Knotweed stems  and an strange alien sounding Slovakian flute called a Fujara made from and Elder to follow.


Dundee artist Ken Bambury

Thought i would add this picture done in pastel pencils in 2010. Title Bear face fight.


bearv face fight