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Date: Tuesday 30th May 2017

Meeting Room, Baltic 39

Northumbria University

39 High Bridge, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1EW

Mapping New Ground? Seminar on how artists are engaging with the Anthropocene through practice, theory and policy

This event is organised as part of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) Northumbria-Sunderland Consortium and made possible with financial support from the AHRC.

To contribute:

Students and staff are invited to contribute to the afternoon session by either preparing a A3 poster and/or preparing a ten minute ‘provocation’ on the theme of the day: ‘Mapping New Ground? Seminar on how artists are engaging with the Anthropocene through practice, theory and policy’.

If you wish to take part and present your thoughts on the day, please prepare a visual presentation of your ‘provocation’ on 1x A3 sheet of paper, which will be pinned up in the space, giving people time to look at them and reflect on them prior to the afternoon session. The submitted provocations will be collated into a zine at the end of the session, led by Prof Hawkins.

You may also wish to present/provoke/defend your presentation in the afternoon session (using speech, Powerpoint or any other means…). This presentation will then form part of the afternoon workshop discussion.

If you wish to submit, please send an outline of your presentation/provocation to by the close of Wednesday 24th May.

Schedule: Mapping New Ground? Seminar on how artists are engaging with the Anthropocene through practice, theory and policy

9.30-10am: Registration + tea and coffee

10am: Welcome and introduction of day and speakers Inge Panneels

10.15-10.45: Prof Peter Coates (Bristol University): Cultural Eco Systems Services (policy)

'What nature does for us/what nature gives us: an environmental humanities encouner with ecosystem service enterprise'

10.45-11.15: Dave Pritchard: independent adviser, culture and environment:

‘A new era for the role of the arts in environmental agendas’ (policy)

11.15-11.30: Comfort break with time to refill tea and coffee

11.30-11.45: Claire Pencak (artist): On the Improvisation Process

11.45-12.15: Prof Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway, University of London): on art/geography nexus and methodologies (practice)

12.15-12.45: Q&A: panel discussion

12.45- 13.30: Lunch

A3 posters and presentations of the afternoon workshop session will be on display over lunch.

13.30-15.00: Workshop: part 1: Geostudio: Rob Smith

(across the hall from the Meeting Room)

+ Trish Winter (On Cultural Mapping Practices in Sunderland)

Provocations of the Day: group spit into 2-3 smaller groups for in depth discussion + visualisation of the morning session

15.00-15.30: Tea and coffee break

15.30-16.45: Worshop: part 2:

Prof Mike Collier (WALK)

+ Reconvening of the group

+ Concluding remarks and summing up (IP) Collation of the zine.

17.00: Post seminar drinks in The Stand pub

(next door, with possibility to order food )


in the order of appearance

Peter Coates is Professor of American and Environmental History in the School of Humanities at the University of Bristol. He was the lead author of Perspectives on Cultural Ecosystems Services (CES) (2014), which followed the UK’s National Ecosystems Assessment (2011), which was in turn informed by the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, commissioned by the UN in 2001 and published in 2005. The CES starts to acknowledge the role of culture in the ecosystem.

Dave Pritchard is an ecologist and independent adviser. He 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.

Claire Pençak is a choreographer and dancer whose practice extends beyond the studio and theatre to working in an interdiscipianry context. Her work may materialise as performance, installation, writings from improvisation and place making projects. Recent projects include Practicing Deep Time, Make/Shift Networks and developing a river culture strand for the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme. She will be starting a partice led PhD at Northumbria University investigating the themes of liveability and re-embodiment in relation to planning - Making Future Plans: In Berwick.

Professor Harriet Hawkins research is focused on the advancement of the geohumanities, a field that sits at the intersection of geographical scholarship with arts and humanities scholarship and practice. She is co-director at the Geohumanities Research Centre at Department of Geography at the Royal Holloway at the University of London. Author of For Creative Geographies (Routledge 2013) and Creativity (Routledge 2016), co-editor of Geographical Aesthetics (Ashgate 2014) and editor of Cultural Geographies and GeoHumanities Journal (AAG).

Prof Ysanne Holt is Research Lead in the Department of Arts, based in Art History in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University. Her research is focused on themes relating to 20th and 21st century art in Britain, its critical discourses and institutions, as well as the broader processes and practices of cultural landscapes. In both of these contexts she has led the development of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional academic research networks as well as collaborative projects with national museums such as Tate Britain. She has a strong interest in the social and historical relations between forms of cultural production, and in this spirit was founding editor of the Routledge journal Visual Culture in Britain, now in its fifteenth volume.

Trish Winter is Professor of Cultural Studies at Sunderland University where she teaches ethnographic research methods to students, with a focus on participatory arts and folk arts. The Culture Map is a recent research project developing a new methodology for involving local people in the evaluation of arts-led cultural interventions.

Professor Mike Collier leads the WALK institute (Walking, Art, Knowledge and Landscape) at the University of Sunderland. Mike Collier is a lecturer, writer, curator and artist. He studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College before being appointed Gallery Manager at the ICA in London. He subsequently became a freelance curator and arts organiser, working extensively in the UK and abroad. In 1985 he moved to Newcastle to run the Arts Development Strategy at the Laing Art Gallery, where he initiated the Tyne International Exhibition of Contemporary Art. Collier is Co-Director of the publisher, AEN (Arts Editions North).

PhD students contributing to this event are:

Inge Panneels is an artist and academic, currently undertaking an AHRC funded PhD at the Visual and Materials Culture Department of Northumbria University. Her research is focussed on the mapping practices of artist specifically in the context of climate change. She also lectures at Sunderland University.

Rob Smith is an artist currently undertaking a PhD at Northumbria University investigating Doggerlands. He works in collaboration with artist Charles Danby.

Charles Danby and Rob Smith have been working collaboratively since 2011. Their work explores site and land use in the transforming industrial landscape of the UK. It employs a materially engaged use of video, photography and digital technologies alongside curatorial and archival approaches. The work presents a fluid 'distributed' idea of site that extends through time and location, proposing plural possibilities of new relationships between human/ non-human and site/non-site.

Further contributions will be confirmed nearer the event.






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