Environment Artist in Residence: Morag Currie

Environment Artist in Residence:

Morag Currie 


Lyth Arts Centre is excited to announce musician and composer Morag Currie as our Environment Artist in Residence. The residency is a new collaboration with Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) and their People Ocean Planet initiative, University of the Highlands and Islands Environmental Research Institute in Thurso and NatureScot, Scotland’s Nature Agency. 


Morag, who is from Thurso, will use traditional music techniques to explore the intersection between society, economy and ecology and interrogate what a ‘just transition’ to renewables looks like. Connecting with the themes of the critical COP26 climate negotiations, due to take place in Glasgow later in 2021, the residency will engage with people that live in coastal environments where offshore and marine renewable energy developments may affect them. Morag’s project will have a particular focus on the Pentland Firth, highlighting its maritime heritage alongside its contemporary role as a hotspot for tidal energy. 



Morag has over 15 years’ experience as a performer and teacher, playing both viola and traditional fiddle. She has worked as a session musician with ensembles and groups throughout Scotland as well as teaching with Renfrewshire Music Service, The Glasgow Academy and the University of Strathclyde. In 2019, Morag completed a Masters in Music and the Environment at the University of the Highlands and Islands.


In an innovative collaboration that combines culture, community and science, the project aims to improve understanding and engagement with ocean issues and opportunities in local communities. Supported by the partners of the project, Morag will work with groups in Caithness and nationally exploring themes like development and nature coexisting together, the role of science in our lives and society’s relationship to the ocean and coast. The project will culminate in a performance at Northern Lights Festival, Lyth Arts Centre Year of Coasts and Waters Celebration around Wick Harbour rescheduled to September 2021, as well as new music and film and presentations at academic conferences. 


For more information or how to find out how your community group, school or organisation can get involved, please email charlotte@lytharts.org.uk