ARCTIC LION is an arts lab concerned with the relationship between culture and the environment. We produce original experimental art, drama and writing. We want to foster novel ways of creating art that questions assumptions of conventional forms by drawing inspiration from research in environmentalism, and environmental design. We want to build the platform for new artists and writers so that we get a range of flavours that is so important to the innovative and diverse nature of art and culture. Sustainability of the arts is at the heart of Arctic Lion. We live in an age where artistry can be taken for granted and artistic practice can be difficult to pragmatically sustain. Arctic Lion seeks to engage in a cultural and creative discussion about the functionality of the arts, reorienting creative work as a means to help society because multi-disciplinary, artistic exploration can be a path to understanding and overcoming societal issues. We want to show that the environment is an artistic resource and a subject that the arts can engage with. 

The arctic lion is an extinct animal and mythological creature, meaning it is both a symbol of ecological conservation and of cultural story telling.



Hamish Muir founded Arctic Lion in 2017.  Hamish is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and researcher. His creative work includes set design for theatre, bespoke installations, satirical illustration, playwriting, and poetry. He draws on his background studying civil engineering at Imperial College and art history at the University of Glasgow. Hamish has worked in the commercial and public art world. He is currently a PhD student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, researching sustainability in the design of theatre performance. He has worked with leading theatres in the UK in the development of creative solutions that make sustainable operations fruitful artistic opportunities. Arctic Lion is a forum to explore and experiment with cross pollinating ideas in culture and the environment in line with his research.


James joined Arctic Lion in 2018. James writes about how music of the past and present affects wider aspects of culture, with focus on the time and place in which the songs are performed. James is a civil engineer from London but is currently living in Seville, which he uses as a source of inspiration to explore how the craft and process behind music creation is influenced by travel and changing ones environment. He relishes the opportunity to produce creative work, and be involved in the projects at Arctic Lion.

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