If Our Trees Could Talk is a new storytelling commission focused on the unique habitats of Scotland’s rainforests and those who live and work in these unique environments. The commission and related residency was awarded in February 2022 to the Glasgow-based artist Katrine Turner.

Katrine works between live performance, film and participation. She creates work for both children and adults and has developed a strong collaborative practice working with young people. Her work is often concerned with speculative futures, the climate crisis, and the end of capitalism. Most recently Katrine was lead artist-in-residence on the Imaginate and Refuweegee ‘Where We Are’ project, was commissioned by Tramway to create an alternative helpline for the end of the world, and her socially distanced interactive performance ‘The Climate Crisis Can’t Be Cancelled’ toured into six primary schools as part of Platforms’ ‘Dear Green Place’ programme.

The commission and residency will result in a digital audio artwork, weaving together stories from environmentalists, climate scientists, local communities and school children, and will be launched at a celebratory Climate Cafe event – as part of Cove Park and Argyll & the Isles Coast & Countryside Trust’s Argyll Beacon programme – in late May 2022.

Image, Katrine Turner, ‘The Climate Crisis Can’t be Cancelled’ (photography by the artist).