on the plurality of creative approaches and their diverse use and impacts on landscape decision-making
18 November 2022 – RSA House, 8 John Adam St, London

There is a growing volume of research demonstrating how arts-based research can contribute transformative agendas to landscape decisions, including issues such as creative thinking, fostering empathy, developing metaphors, embracing uncertainty, and opening up deliberations. The AALERT 4DM project was funded by AHRC and the Landscape Decisions programme to explore and enhance understanding of the contribution arts research and practice can make in landscape decision-making. We interpreted decision-making in the broadest way ranging from individuals to policy development and decisions made in different sorts of institutions.

The Creative Reflections workshop will reflect on our experiences throughout the project alongside other national and international perspectives. It aims to enhance our understanding of the role of arts research and practice in landscape decisions and explore how creative approaches can be incorporated into policy and practice. 

This is a free hybrid event, and spaces will be filled-up on a first-come-first-served basis. Click here to register

We have a limited budget for covering travel expenses. Priority will be given to participants with low budgets and the need to travel long distances – to inquire, email or 

For more information, see Creative Reflections – A Synthesis Workshop 

Preliminary Programme

09.00 – 09:45 GMT     Registration and coffee

09:45 – 11:20 GMT     Session 1: Reflections Part I (1 hour 35 mins)

10:00 – Introduction to the event and housekeeping (5mins)
                AALERT team
10:05 – AALERT 4DM scope, experience, reflections (15 mins + 5 mins Q&A)
                Eirini Saratsi & Tim Acott
10:20 – Other perspectives: 4 papers (15 mins per paper +10 mins Q&A)
                Jon Bridge, David Edwards, Chris Fremantle, Simon Read 

11:35 – 11:50 GMT     Refreshment break (15 mins)

11:50 – 13:15 GMT     Session 1: Reflections Part II (1.25 hours)

11:50 – Other perspectives: 5 papers (15 mins per paper + 10 mins Q&A)
               Ewan Allinson, Jenna Ashton, Bram Thomas Arnold, Harriet & Rob Fraser,
               Andrew Howe

13:15 – 14:00 GMT     Lunch (45 minutes)

14:00 – 15:10 GMT     Session 2: Artistic practice, Sustainability,
                                    Policy (1h 10 min)

14:00 – Short talks: Arts Organisations, Policy, Communities (35 mins incl
                Dave Pritchard, Natural England (rep TBC), Martin Phillips 
14:40 – International Keynote: Ecoart, Ecocide and Policy change (35 mins incl
                Aviva Rahmani (

15:10 – 15:20 GMT     Refreshment break (10 mins)

15:20 – 17:00 GMT     Session 3 Discussion and critical reflections (1h 40 min)

15:20 – Small group discussions and feedback to the room (50 mins)
                To discuss key points and suggestions forward
16:10 – Panel Discussion open to the audience (40 mins)
                Panellist: Natural England (rep TBC), Aviva Rahmani,Victoria Leslie, AALERT (rep TBC) 
16:50 – Summing up and conclusions (10 mins)
                The AALERT team

AALERT video on Display throughout the day