Environmental Arts Practice Research

Organised by the Land/Water and the Visual Arts research group at Plymouth University

Plymouth University, City Centre campus, April 25/6 2019

The aim of this conference is to expand on and question how art can contribute to understanding contemporary environmental issues and challenges.

Artistic research practice has a unique capacity to offer crucial insights informing our understanding of environmental issues in the era of the Anthropocene. The reflexivity inherent in arts research along with emphasis on expressive communication as outcome offers significant scope for bringing crucial yet complex relationships between vulnerable species, human action and climate change to wider appreciation amongst general audiences and key stakeholders.

Placing artistic interpretive methods alongside scientific interpretive methods carries some risks and challenges, particularly as artistic approaches may incite an open-ended, contemplative engagement with the scientific, sensorial and political layering of environment, that is not typical of mainstream science communication. Ways in which arts practice complements and extends scientific insight will be centrally addressed.

Papers presented will critically address issues, challenges, strength and benefits of inter-disciplinary practices looking beyond the visual arts.

The programme includes keynotes speakers, parallel sessions, portfolio viewings, a book signing event, networking opportunities, conference dinner and drinks reception.

Keynote speaker: Professor Camille Parmesan | Global Change Biologist and President Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” Laureate

Keynote speaker: Anne Noble | Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University, Wellington, and a New Zealand Arts Laureate

Keynote speaker: Tyrone Martinsson | Professor of Photography at Academy Valand, University of Gothenburg

Book signing: Yan Wang Preston | ‘Mother River’ and ‘Forest’ | www.yanwangpreston.com

The detailed programme will be published soon.

  • Conference registration starts at 12:00 (25 April)
  • Conference opens at 13:00 (25 April)
  • Conference closes at 17:00 (26 April)

Organisers: Heidi Morstang, Associate Professor in Photography | Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture

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[image: Longan woodland, University City, Chongqing, China, 2011. From Forest series © Yan Wang Preston