DIY 14: 2017 - Peter McMaster: Performing Landscapes

A 4-day retreat in the highlands of Scotland, exploring eco-centric approaches to performance making


Project summary

This 5 night and 4 day retreat is designed to allow participants to engage with eco-centric approaches to performance making. Hosted by the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in rural Aberdeenshire, the majority of the work will be conducted outside, enquiring into the potential for the natural landscape* to be seen as collaborator in performance making practice. How can we shift the perspective from ourselves to ourselves with ‘other’ when it comes to being an artist? How far can this definition of ‘other’ extend? How can our approach be influenced by the nature of a river system? What can a nesting pair of birds tell us about collaboration, and what do we see of ourselves in all of this?

*A landscape is the visible features of an area of land, its landforms and how they integrate with natural or man-made features.

How to apply

Using the link below, artists are invited to apply for this opportunity in writing or by uploading video. Short statements on you and your practice, your interest in the DIY, and any previous relevant experience are required.


Dates, times and location

Dates: 12 July to 17 July
Times: Arrival on Weds daytime, with departure early on Mon (4 days, 5 nights)
Accommodation is included, and a small travel subsidy can be provided too.
Location: Scottish Sculpture Workshop

The artist

Peter McMaster is a performance artist with an interdisciplinary approach. Sometimes making experimental performance works for a theatre, sometimes making solo performances in the wilds of Scotland for no audience members at all, Peter’s ideas often emerge from a continuing desire to be a ‘better man’ in the world, but don’t always manifest as being explicitly about that. He has travelled with his work internationally, as well as having a specific local focus upon Scotland where he has lived for the past 12 years. He has been a guest artist tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for 5 years and this will be the second DIY he has been invited to host. He is very excited to return to it!

If you have questions about this project, please contact Peter.

Peter's other projects:

Artists In Residences

'Men & Space a Tragedy'

'27' tour throughout England, 2017


This DIY is supported by Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

Part of DIY 14: 2017 - Call for Participants


Scottish Sculpture Workshop
1 Main Street
AB54 4JN