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.




other art work

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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.


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Ken Bambury Art Pages


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).


Ken Bambury

11107469_10204358972839242_6792298001372080519_nArtist statement

I have worked outdoors as a gardener for over thirty years, and I have observed nature in all its seasons and weathers. With this life experience I have built up a considerable working knowledge of plants and animals and countryside matters and have an affinity with a variety of natural materials. I have a very practical hands on intuitive approach to my work and my approach to art is a concoction of all the above plus folklore, traditional craft skills and some survival skills taught during my time in the parachute regiment.

The process of creating my work is to spend time immersed in an environment and to react intuitively to very acute observations of the flora and fauna of a site i.e. any pollution issues, any perceived imbalance in the ecology of the area, by sketching and taking photos I begin to describe a series of ideas in a sketch book. Then by a process of elimination based on practicalities and any other restraints such as time and money, I decide as to which areas interest me the most and are feasible, after undertaken some research, usually historical and on how other artists may have approached the subject. I can then make an informed decisions, and begin the process of realising my observations in fully worked up pieces using are range of media which I think would best suit the work which may take any form.

Hoping they will portray my viewers my ideas on environmental impact and the effect of human activities on our wild places.