Arts & The Environment

Overview

I am involved in ongoing research and development work to explore ways of working that reduce environmental impacts, explore nature connection and raise awareness of the climate crisis. 

Most recently I have explored sustainable arts practice in leading the Boundary Way Project – you can join information sharing in this sector via the Boundary Way Twitter and Instagram updates.  

The Boundary Way project has recently been highlighted by Julie’s Bicycle as an example of how cities are using the arts to highlight issues around biodiversity. Recent projects have included, the Beyondness of Bees Project and Magnifying Mushrooms.

The Boundary Way project was used as a case study example on a recent webinar that explored how cultural heritage sites have explored biodiversity and habitat protection and encouraged people to connect with their local natural environments- you can listen to the webinar below. 


Boundary Way Arts and Heritage project -partnership with Julie’s Bicycle 

As part of the Boundary Way arts and heritage project I set up a partnership with Julie’s Bicycle,  a London based charity  that  supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. The team took part in two workshops with project manager Lucy Latham from Julie’s Bicycle to examine how the arts can play a role in inspiring climate change action. 

Lucy outlined the science behind climate change and the significant role of arts and culture to inspire climate change action. She highlighted a range of artist’s responses and helped us to examine our own practice and the role our work can play. 

Since then I have continued to develop this work and embed sustainability into our working processes. This has encompassed; 

  • A session led by plot-holders Howard and Phil exploring  the principles of permaculture and how these can be applied to development and programming at Boundary Way.  
  • Experiments with a range of creative activities using found materials from our site including; land art, natural toolmaking, cookery, plant dyeing, Hapa Zome, crayon rubbing and sensory play.  
  •  We are developing an environmental policy for the project and explored ways of working that minimise our environmental impact. 

Webinar: Improving Biodiversity (Opportunities for Cultural Heritage Venues and Sites)

“How do historic city centres support biodiversity and habitat protection, reinforce natural processes and connect with their local natural environments? This webinar will take a look at case studies and recommendations from different cultural heritage sites on how biodiversity has been incorporated to add both natural and cultural value.”

I was a guest speaker on the Webinar, Improving Biodiversity: Opportunities for Cultural Heritage Venues and Sites, with Julie’s Bicycle on 23rd May 2019. The Boundary Way Project was used a case study for this webinar.


Sustainability Statement

In my working practice I am committed to reducing and avoiding where possible any activities that will impact negatively on the environment, working in a way that is inclusive and focusing on projects that raise awareness of biodiversity, nature connection and wellbeing…

Read my Sustainability Statement here.

The Beyondness of Bees 

Boundary Way hosted this exhibition and workshop in April and May 2019. The project, inspired by honey bees was devised by artists Sue Brisco and Elise Stewart. Their idea focuses on microscopic examination of bees as inspiration for artwork in drawing and textiles. It goes beyond the familiar and explores first-hand a bee’s magnified hairy body vital for pollen grains to attach for pollination, or the ethereal translucent architectural details in the wing or the fascinating compound eye with hundreds of individual lenses. It also explores ultra-violet bee vision with light box drawings.  

The exhibition presented microscope observations and drawings of bee specimens made directly from the eye piece and demonstrates how these have been translated into stunning stitch piece embroideries.  

Sue and Elise received funding for this project through a Creative Black Country Open Access Award and developed it in collaboration with Wildside Activity Centre.

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