November 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Dartington Hall, Devon UK 


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What constitutes ‘a good death’? How do we know death, personally? What room do we make for the dead – within our relationships, our ways of speaking, our shared geographies? And how might the insights of end-of-life care and death practices help us to navigate the fundamental unsustainability of the dominant culture, and to better imagine what comes after it?

While many experience death as sudden or violent, dying more often comes to us gradually. That there is a deep resource of hope, wisdom and resilience to be found in confronting and preparing for death’s arrival is something long understood, across all cultures. What, then, might such preparation entail in the context of anthropogenic mass-extinction?

We welcome proposals from practitioners, thinkers and makers, from celebrants, scientists, and carers – inviting these and others to an assembly that will incline us all towards the unpredictable encounter, and towards apprehending death in ways that renew our understanding of what it means – and what it asks of us – to be alive. Art.Earth has a well-deserved reputation for the breadth and depth of its gatherings: at the darkening of the year in 2020 we’ll turn to the many ways in which the unsought visitations of dying and change bear upon and underpin our lives.

We invite you to a creative summit where an end-of-life carer may find themselves sharing a conversation with a poet, a dancer and a climate scientist, and where the nature of our theme may steer such conversations towards the urgency, honesty and radical hospitality called for by a time of accelerating change.

Invited Themes (these are for broad guidance only, please feel free to step outside these bounds) 

  • End-of-life care, funeral practices, death culture.
  • Species and habitat loss; death of traditional cultures, skills, languages.
  • Mass-extinction, Ecocide Law, civil disobedience; rage, ritual and grieving.
  • Living with dying: assisted dying and Living Wills.
  • Encountering the dead and near-death experiences.
  • Anticipatory grief; Deep Adaptation and Climate Psychology.
  • Extinction Rebellion, Earth Protectors, Culture Declares Emergency.
  • Art, grief and spiritual practice; ecological and cultural healing.
  • Paradigm shift and the death of ideas: decolonising cultures, hearts and minds.


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