Research paper published by the Valuing Nature Programme as part of their Demystifying Series.
We live in a period of unprecedented environmental change that demands us to completely re-think the ways we collaborate in doing research and evolve our systems of governance and economics. Informed decisions require the integration of knowledge from different perspectives, and the participation of diverse stakeholders including civic society. Navigating multiple types of value in the study of natural environments can challenge assumptions, change attitudes and ultimately improve our decisions, in often unexpected ways.
This report provides an account of what creative practice has brought and can bring to research. It aims to endorse existing practices and trigger new thinking in doing research related to landscapes and environments, and their associated ecologies and management, by revealing the ways in which artists can operate as researchers, either independently or as part of multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary teams. It also addresses issues of the relationships between artist and non-artist researchers and offers positive suggestions about what arts research can bring to inter- and trans-disciplinary research contexts.
Ideas presented in the report have been informed by exchanges between academics and professionals, from the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, as well representatives from policy and practice interested in the contribution of the arts in landscape, environmental, and valuing nature research agendas. Insights have been instigated by discussions that took place during the AALERT (Arts and Artists in Landscape and Environmental Research Today) workshop held at the National Gallery, London in February 2018 and funded jointly by Valuing Nature and the Landscape Research Group.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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