Embedding Art into Landscape Partnerships

Caring for natural heritage is closely linked to how landscapes are valued culturally. This one day symposium will explore how contemporary artists can contribute to the environmental aims and strategies of landscape partnerships and environmental programmes.

Thursday 21stMarch 2019
The Garage, Northlight, Glen Way, Brierfield, BB9 5NH
Tickets free 

Landscape partnerships in Pendle Hill and Galloway Glens both have a focus on peat restoration and both have embedded art into their programs.

Join us for a day of conversations, stimulating presentations and roundtable discussion about peat restoration and how working with artists creates new cultural connections with landscape and environment projects.

This symposium will explore collaboration across disciplines, how and why working with artists can add value to landscape and environment projects, and the collaborative processes and work in progress between artists and peat restoration managers.

It will offer refreshed and novel thinking around community engagement, and consider unexpected outcomes that go beyond the obvious and immediate.

Artists: Nastassja Simensky, Kerry Morrison and Henrietta Armstrong


Dave Pritchard
Independent Consultant and Researcher in the environment and culture sectors

Dave Pritchard is a proponent of stronger links between the worlds of environmental policy, cultural heritage and the creative arts.  He has worked for 35 years in a variety of research, policy, legal, management and governance roles in all these sectors, and has held several non-executive directorships.  He is now an independent consultant for bodies ranging from the UN Environment Programme to the Arts Council.  Dave also coordinates the Culture Network of the Convention on Wetlands, and in the UK he chairs the Arts & Environment Network.

Kate Foster
Environmental artist
Ruth Levene

Ruth Levene is an artist based in Sheffield, working in video, performance, digital drawings, walks, installations, socially engaged and participatory work. Curious and concerned by the complex systems we live by, she is currently exploring water, farming and housing developments. Recent projects have included A Field of Wheat with Anne-Marie Culhane; a 42-person strong collective and a Lincolnshire farmer, investing and growing a 22-acre field of wheat and Plot 188, Notes From a Precarious Landscape with Ian Nesbitt a peoples exhibition in a new build house on the edge of Preston. She is currently working on a Co-Inquiry with The Arts Catalyst, working along The River Calder and its catchment researching water governance in relation to health, wellbeing and the resilience of communities and ecologies.

Dr Emily Taylor
Crichton Carbon Centre Project Manager
Kerry Morrison
Socio-ecological Artist and In-Situ Associate artist

Kerry Morrison is an artist and creative producer with a PhD in environmental Science (2015). With an interdisciplinary and socially engaged approach, social and environmental challenges within local contexts are examined resulting in new, shared experiences, unfolding narratives and environmental actions. In 2011, Kerry Co-founded In-Situ. Through embedded and responsive processes that build relationships, partnerships, and collaborative working, In-Situ nurtures into existence art that addresses local issues with the aim to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the environment. Kerry is currently an Associate Artist at In-Situ.

Andy Abbott
Environment Programme, In-Situ

Andy is an artist, musician, writer and creative producer living in Bradford. He is interested in the socially transformative potential of art in unconventional contexts. He has worked internationally, as an individual artist and in the DIY art collective Black Dogs, including commissions and residencies for Tate Modern, MK Gallery, Gasworks and Museum of Oxford.

In 2012 he was awarded his practice-led PhD from the University of Leeds with a thesis on socially engaged art and postcapitalism. Between 2015 and 2018 he produced an exhibition and events programme to pilot a Centre for Socially Applied Arts for University of Bradford. He also plays and records music – mainly on baritone guitar – for independent UK labels and the occasional short film soundtrack.

Cathy Hopley
Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme Manager

Cathy’s career in environmental management and community development has seen her working with a number of voluntary and statutory organisations across Lancashire and Yorkshire, and she has been with the Forest of Bowland AONB for nearly 15 years. Cathy has often worked with artists, whether that be creating landmark sculptures or enabling creative community engagement with organisations such as In-Situ, Pioneer Projects and Peer Group . She has been involved in shaping the Pendle Hill scheme since 2015, and took up her current post when delivery started in 2018.

Sarah Robinson
Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Farming and Wildlife Officer

This symposium is organised by In-Situ, as part of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership, with Crichton Carbon Centre and Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, and is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. 

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