Wild Eye: An exciting new outdoor art and nature project for the North Yorkshire Coast

Wild Eye: An exciting new outdoor art and nature project for the North Yorkshire Coast

Whitby Sunrise (c) Charlotte Ellis.

Wild Eye is an inspiring new nature and art project that brings together leading artists with great opportunities for people in the Scarborough and Whitby area and visitors to observe and engage with the outstanding wildlife found along the North Yorkshire coast. It launches this September.

Wild Eye aims to develop a greater understanding of the incredible wildlife found across the North Yorkshire Coast through artworks and events, raising awareness of issues around nature, biodiversity and climate change.

Wild Eye has been developed by the award-winning art and science organisation Invisible Dust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with support from Coast and Vale Community Action (CaVCA), English Heritage.

The launch programme this autumn features free art and wildlife family events in Whitby and at Scarborough Castle, a chance to listen to the sounds of dolphins recorded by Scarborough Sixth Formers with acoustic artist Rob Mackay and a series of nature-inspired podcasts made by sound artist Lucia Scazzocchio, who spoke to 30 local residents about their views on the marine environment. 

Other Wild Eye projects taking place this autumn include a community-led art project in Whitby, in collaboration with artist duo Juneau Proejcts, which explores the importance of improving the water quality of the Esk Estuary.

A project with community at its core, Whitby and Scarborough residents are being invited to have their say on future Wild Eye artworks and commissions.

Future plans for Wild Eye include the development of a world-class outdoor trail of new, nature-inspired artworks across the North Yorkshire Coast from some of the UK’s leading visual artists, including a sculpture at Scarborough Castle by artist Ryan Gander, in partnership with English Heritage; a Porpoise Viewing Platform on Scarborough’s famous Marine Drive, a collaboration with SeaGrown seaweed farm and a nature viewing site on the cinder track an old railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

The project is currently gathering views on the creation of this trail, which Wild Eye hopes to develop between 2022 - 2025. If you’re a Scarborough or Whitby resident, you are invited to fill out the survey here.

A programme of upcoming family events can be found here

Wild Eye is funded by the government’s Towns Fund through Scarborough Borough Council and English Heritage’s Shout Out Loud programme. Invisible Dust is funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.