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‘The Morrich’ project

Morrich More is an extensive area of strand plain and dune grassland on the South shore of the Dornoch Firth. It is walking distance (at low tide) from Inver and is an area of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. It is also forms part of RAF Tain, which is the largest MOD live fire aerial weapons range in the UK.

I live in Inver and have begun a process of investigating this fascinating area by exploring it on foot, taking photographs and video, making sound recordings, researching online and talking to my neighbours. During the 1943 evacuation of Inver, the area was used as a secret practice site for the D-Day landings and remnants of anti-aircraft defences and MOD buildings from WWII can still be seen. Access to the Morrich is still restricted today as the RAF use it for manoeuvres: red flags across the area signal training days. The Morrich is both an area of natural beauty and a practice war zone. I want to reflect on my personal experience of living within walking distance of the ‘Danger Area’ – seeing, hearing and feeling the low flying Typhoons and Chinooks as they pass overhead.

With support from Dance North’s Regional Artist Support programme, I will be working with Penny Chivas in February to begin the research and development of a movement response to the Morrich. This residency will take place in the Seaboard Hall in Balintore – a local community centre near my home – and I have arranged a sharing of work in progress at the end of our week together to which I’ve invited my neighbours, my local dance community and the network of artists supported by Dance North.

I’ll be keeping a blog throughout the research which you can see here.

Artist Bursary award from Janice Parker Projects

In November 2016, Julia was awarded an Artist bursary by Janice Parker Projects and the Saltire Society for her Interactive Experiments project to collaborate with young people from SOAR Youth Projects and create a new interactive performance. Julia will deliver the project over the course of a year, visiting SOAR playscheme in school holidays and running monthly workshops at an ‘experiment lab’ at Ardross Community Hall. As Julia has worked with SOAR before, this is a fantastic opportunity to play, create and explore ideas, whilst developing creative relationships with young people with learning disabilities. See the Interactive Experiments page for what’s happened so far.