Fisherman in Ghana, photograph taken by Tue Greenfort November 2005
Arts & Ecology is a programme supporting the
work of the
arts in examining and addressing
environmental concerns in an international arena.
Arts & Ecology explores the current practice of artists, writers, architects and
film-makers through a
series of conferences,
publications and projects that
local and global projects that attempt to communicate, challenge and sometimes propose
solutions to pollution, waste and loss of natural habitats. The issues at stake –
from the broad one climate change to the resultant problems of desertification, waste
and dwindling biodiversities will be examined through artists’ practices,
and through interdisciplinary dialogue with scientists, industrialists, government and environmental
A key notion informing the entire project is that of ecology as a study of an
individual’s relationship with their cultural, social and economic,
as well as natural, environment. As such this is a broad reaching programme and
aims to locate the arts as a central player in providing creative, and sometimes
radical, insights and solutions to the challenges facing contemporary society.
The information hub of this website provides a growing bibliography and directory
of the inspirational work of many artists, writers and agencies that is currently
taking place across arts forms.
Council England is delighted to be working in close partnership with
the RSA on this timely initiative. Artists have for some time
been engaged with ecological questions - providing perspectives that
can differ in important ways from those of scientists and
environmentalists. The programme will allow us to focus in on the
particular contribution that art can and does make, as well as creating
space for a dialogue with wider constituencies about shared, even,
Sir Christopher Frayling - Chair, Arts Council England
UP Arts & Ecology - Adaptable Ecosystems curated by Francesco
Manacorda.December 2006 London venue tbc.
- Coming up in Newcastle Gateshead, October 2006. A programme of
events, exhibitions and activities including a one-day seminar,
exploring the significance of climate change and bringing it to public
attention and engagement.