Newton Harrison 

On The Deep Wealth of this Nation

A vision for Scotland and the Dee catchment

Announcement –  We are deeply saddened to learn that Helen Mayer Harrison passed away on 25th March 2018.


The Barn is honoured to be working with internationally acclaimed artist Newton Harrison, who along with his wife Helen Mayer, has been a leading figure in global arts ecology since the 1960’s. The project started in 2017 and will continue over the next few years.

Work with the Harrison Studio and the Centre for the Study of the Force Majeure forms the core of the Barn’s Art & Ecology programme for 2017-21, and will engage with environmental agencies, farming, fishing, forestry, government, academia, local communities and the creative sector.

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Newton Harrison in Deeside, August 2017. Photo by Kelly Skye.

The Work


Recent events:

On 9th March, the Barn hosted the launch of Newton’s Vision for Scotland. The Deep Wealth of This Nation, Scotland is an original vision to see how one small country can mobilise to be the first industrialised country to move past the carbon cycle and become the first nation to give more to the global environment than it consumes.  A description of the work and its context is here:

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This vision, which takes the form of a poem, transcends political and social boundaries and encourages collective action at all levels in society. 

The event premiered a short film and an exhibition of six art works which elaborate the poem, created by Newton Harrison and the Centre for the Study of the Force Majeure.  The film is here and the artworks are shown in the image gallery above.

The event was attended by 80 people in the Barn with Newton streamed live from California via a ZOOM webinar. 19 people from Europe and the USA also joined the discussion via webinar.

A short film of the evening is here. The whole ZOOM webinar is available here.

*Copyright of Images - The Centre for the Study of the Force Majeure (CFM), The Barn, The James Hutton Institute and SEFARI.  No reproduction of these images is permitted without the written the consent of the Artist/Project partners.


Upcoming events - Summer 2018

Newton Harrison will be making a return visit to Aberdeenshire in September. His visit will include an exhibition, presentation/conversation and ceilidh at the Barn, as well as an event in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 11th September and the conversation and ceilidh will be on the 14 or 15th

Booking details will be confirmed on this site during May

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Background to Newton Harrison's work

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