Su Grierson, who corresponded with us whilst on residency in Fukushima Province earlier this year, is giving a public lecture in conjunction with her exhibition Intersections. It’s in the Norrie Miller Studio at Perth Concert Hall, 7pm Thursday 26th September.
Su Grierson will talk about her art practice and multi-media art works in the exhibition. She will also focus on her recent ten week residency in Fukushima Province in Japan where she visited the disaster areas and met the displaced refugees.
With Working the Tweed, we have spaces left on an interesting Riverside Meeting Friday 30th August. It is on the site of a river restoration project, re-meandering a the Eddleston Water as part of a Natural Flood Management scheme. The presenters are very knowledgeable and linked to national research on natural flood management and sustainable land use strategy.
ayr converses is pleased to invite you to Be Strong Like Two People: Learning from Elders. Gavin Renwick will give a presentation on his experience of working with elders in the Canadian North West Territories 6-9pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Ayr Auld Kirk Hall KA7 1TT. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend.
Swallows nesting in Knossos Palace, Crete. Photo Chris Fremantle
Our behaviour is causing a mass extinction on the planet and birds are one of the many lifeforms suffering. Mark Cocker’s new book and the cover article, Wings of desire: why birds captivate us, in this week’s Guardian Review explores the relationship between humans and birds in practical, cultural and spiritual terms. It clearly articulates thousands of reasons beyond the loss of biodiversity for us to make more space for birds in our lives.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – ARTIST OR CREATIVE PRACTITIONER
The Forestry Commission is inviting tenders for ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ which will see two artists or teams of artists appointed to support the development of a new woodland park encourage local residents to get involved, get active and be inspired by their local woodland green space.
As part of the Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage funding for Year of Natural Scotland 2013, Forestry Commission Scotland has been awarded funding to support two unique Artist In Residence opportunities which will form part of an exciting project to develop a new inner city woodland park as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy.
A Breath of Fresh Air will see two artists or teams of artists, with a passion for the natural environment, appointed to support the development of a new woodland park and raise awareness within the local community of what benefits access to woodlands green space can bring.
The artists will work closely with staff from both Forestry Commission Scotland and Clyde Gateway to understand the aspirations of the project and with local residents and organisations to ensure the works produced reflect their views.
There are two contracts available. Contract 1 will require the contract holder to:
Organise and deliver a range of interactive / participatory workshops with local community members from across the city linked to the Commonwealth Woodlands Games Legacy project.
Create a range of concept proposals (Minimum 4) for two permanent installations and a series of linking sculptural interventions, including models and visual representations where appropriate, inspired by those communities and the partner organisations ethos and ambitions for the project.
Produce a public display of the options to allow feedback on the preferred option.
Work with the project board to identify the preferred option for development,
Work with the design and construction team to develop tender documents and installation requirements to allow the chosen works to be fabricated and installed as part of the wider project (to be funded out with the residency).
Ensure that the proposed installations are designed in a way which is durable, requires minimal ongoing maintenance and reduces the opportunity for vandalism or miss-use
Contract 2 will require the contract holder to:
Organise and deliver a range of interactive / participatory workshops with local community members and identified groups.
Create a range of temporary works which are inspired by the local community.
Showcase the work of both the artist themselves and those who contributed to the workshops in a range of locations which will draw attention to the project and raise the profile of the benefits of access to woodland green space.
Both residencies must relate their works to the unique offering of the new Cuningar Woodland Park as a flagship Commonwealth Woodland and the role access to woodland green space can play in encouraging healthy lifestyles.
The estimated total value of the contract is around £8k for contract 1 and around £6k for contract 2. This excludes t&s costs which will also be paid to the successful bidders.
The anticipated contract start date will be:
Contract 1: 1st September to be completed by 1st January
Contract 2: 1st November to be completed by 1st February
For further enquiries regarding this contract please contact Tom Wallace no later than 10th August 2013
To express your interest and to request more information please contact Tom Wallace no later than 10th August 2013 with submission by 14th August @16:00hrs
Miki, who along with Christine I met at Carrying the Fire where they were doing their Travelling Hearth project, asked me to post this, promoting Merz DIY this summer. It’s an opportunity to experiment with being thinkers, builders, dwellers. I should think the stuff on Let’s Remake might be useful.
Ilka Blue in Australia asked for this to be shared,
Slow Wing – an Australian satellite workshop of the Uncivilisation UK Festival
Byron Bay, 17th & 18th August 2013
Latorica in collaboration with The Dark Mountain Project present Slow Wing, a weekend workshop of storytelling from the deep.
Led by transdisciplinary artists Ilka Blue & Cherise Asmah, this will be an intense exploration of cultural and biological extinction as we search for ways to belong and adapt to a changing world. The workshop involves 2 full days of storytelling, walking, writing, deep ecology & creative practices that will conjure old & new stories of dying, death, belonging, place and mythologies of this land.
Slow Wing is free of charge but places are limited to 25 and will be offered through a registration process. For a registration form or enquiries please email email@example.com More details www.latorica.net
Subhankar Banerjee, who’s recent book Arctic Voices, highlights the oil business in the North from the perspectives of the people who live there, has written a piece for ClimateStoryTellers.org on humour.
Arctic Voices was well received,
“One of the great strengths of Arctic Voices is that it shows how Alaska and the Arctic are tied to the places where most of us live. In this impassioned book, Banerjee shows a situation so serious that it has created a movement, where “voices of resistance are gathering, are getting louder and louder.” May his heartfelt efforts magnify them. The climate changes that are coming have hit soon and hard in the Arctic, and their consequences may be starkest there.”—Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books
In the piece Laughing Matters he highlights the long history and importance of humour as a means to shame otherwise impervious politicians.
Imagining Natural Scotland have just announced their selected teams to develop work towards the August conference in St. Andrews. It includes a wide range of artforms and approaches to questioning how we imagine natural Scotland. The projects include a wide mix of methods, and should represent a good articulation of the range of artists’ ways of knowing, each somewhat juxtaposed and engaged with scientists’ ways of knowing.