Paying homage to community, heritage, and authenticity
In an increasingly fast-paced world, we can sometimes forget what is most precious: community, heritage, and authenticity. It’s often the case that remembering who we are and where we come from can help us flourish, so this issue celebrates a return to our roots, in more ways than one.
We travel to John O’Groats to watch the Mey Games. Historically the smallest fixture on the Scottish Highland Games Association calendar, it is now the most diverse. The community-run contest champions the introduction of adaptive events to the UK programme.
We discover the importance of learning and applying heritage building craft skills with both overseas Summer School students and our own home-grown talent. We head to Coventry to see how a regeneration project will provide a new creative space for local musicians.
Also, we discuss the importance of food provenance, before getting down to earth in the Walled Garden at Dumfries House, examining the iconic flowers that have historically inspired artists and craftspeople, before detailing examples of such work within the Palladian-style mansion itself.
Students reveal how their studies progressed after spending time at the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China, one of the most strategic points on the ancient Silk Route. Finally, we spend a morning harvesting bulrushes with Dumfries House Estate worker, Scott Caddis. Reconnecting to the land – to tradition – can give us all the space we need to grow. We hope we can inspire you to do just that within our latest issue.