Five cross-disciplinary events will foster debate and dialogue between academics, artists, practitioners and wider land-use stakeholders.
A Scoping workshop to reunite the AALERT 4 DM community and define priorities and issues to be interrogated during three regional workshops. Regional workshops will interrogate specific projects with strong arts research components through a staged process of inquiry.
1. The WetlandLIFE workshop aims to explore and understand how arts-based approaches can help to inform landscape decisions, identifying barriers/opportunities and reflecting on how successful project outcomes and impacts are recognised.
2. The Artists and Peatlands workshop aims to reflect on these examples and develop a clear overview of the benefits of involving artists in peatland research and restoration to inform future programme development. This will be contextualised with research into the roles of artists in interdisciplinary and climate research as well as in social-environmental contexts. It is informed by the experiences of 3 key examples: Galloway Glens/Peatland Connections, Flows to the Futures, and Re-Peat.
3. The Artists in the Landscape workshops aims to develop a clear overview of the benefits artists bring in landscape decisions in the context of private land. The discussions will be informed by the experiences of Kestle Barton and Trelowarren Estate on the Lizard. Through a series of presentations and walks led by Dr Bram Thomas Arnold, we will explore the advantages and challenges artists bring in transdisciplinary groups of scientists, landowners and other stakeholders working on projects blending cultural activities, art, hospitality, and the politics of food production in the vicinity of wilding and regenerative agriculture.
4 – 5. Two residential writing retreats will reflect on, analyse and synthesise findings of the networking events in order to produce key outputs. During these meetings members of the advisory group, artists and stakeholders from each case study will work together to form a series of outputs that will contribute to the evidence base of the new holistic decision-making framework for UK Landscapes and land assets.
A synthesis workshop that will consider the lessons and outputs from the scoping and regional case studies workshops and define dissemination strategies. All five meetings will interrogate the experience of existing case studies where arts and humanities are contributing to landscape decisions through multiple dimensions of value to define opportunities and logistics.
More information about these events will appear here in due course.