We are delighted to make the 2018 Award to the arts and environmental charity Common Ground, whose achievements over the past 35 years were celebrated in an exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park this year. Founded in 1983 by Sue Clifford, Angela King and Roger Deakin, 'local distinctiveness' has been at the heart of their work, working with artists and inspiring people through campaigns such as Apple Day, Parish Maps, New Milestones,
and Trees, Woods and the Green Man.
In recognition of the expanded global scope of the Award, special commendations were also made for the exhibition Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies 1957-2017, guest curated by Sue Spaid at the Museum Het Domein in Sittard, The Netherlands; and to The Branch, an ecological art lab and pocket farm in Osaka, Japan, designed and built by Patrick Lydon and Suhee Kang. A 'portable version' of Ecovention Europe is available for further showings - Contact Sue Spaid
The Nick Reeves Award is made annually by the Arts and Environment Network (AEN) of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) in association with CCANW. You can download the press release here.
We were saddened to learn of the death in March of Helen Mayer Harrison who, along with Newton Harrison, were recipients of the first Nick Reeves Award in 2010. Details of previous winners are here.
Making a creative case for the environment
You can read a summary of the meeting led by AEN and held at CIWEM in London on 10 July which reviewed the evolving frontiers of arts-led responses to the ecological issues of our time. The site also hosts AEN's Manifesto 'We Assert!' and other information about the Network.
Global Network of Water Museums
Following its last meeting in The Netherlands at which CCANW organised a session on the 'The Arts and Water', WAMU-Net has now been established as an initiative within UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme. Network members will participate in the 'Great Rivers Forum' in Wuhan, China from 29-31 October, and the next meeting of the Network will take place in June in Valencia.
Arts and Water Q&A session L to R: Roel Arkesteijn, curator at Museum Het Domein; Basia Irland, artist; Clive Adams, CCANW director; Yasmine Ostendorf, CCANW associate curator; Betsy Damon, artist. Curator Sue Spaid, Eve Mosher, Nancy Nowacek and CCANW associate artist Amy Sharrocks also made presentations.
Science Walden reaches out to North Korea
On 27 September, Radio Free Asia broadcast an interview with Professor Jaeweon Cho which invited collaboration with North Korea over the Science Walden project. He described how collaboration with South Korea could help address water and electricity shortages, improve soil quality and reduce environmental pollution and inequality. The project is one that CCANW will continue to promote over the coming years, and a presentation will be made during the Festival for the Earth (see below). You can hear the broadcast in Korean here.
Festival for the Earth returns to Venice 3-4 December
This major annual Festival is conceived by the artist Maria Rebecca Ballestra as an art project for social transformation that aims to instigate creativeness directed at positive transformation processes in science, humanities, economy, ecology and art. Alternating with Monaco, the Festival returns to several locations in Venice, with one session held at the Botanical Garden of Padua.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will give opening speeches; followed by keynote presentations by renowned climatologist Nigel Tapper, who contributed to the study that resulted in the joint award of the Nobel Prize to Al Gore and the IPCC, Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Fagin and Goldman Prize winner Rossano Ercolini. These presentations will be accompanied by workshops, artist talks and events, including a workshop led by the Science Walden project.
You can see further details here. Participation is free and registration opens on 15 October – don't delay!
Art.earth news: Evolving the Forest - call for participation
Art.earth have announced their next international symposium which takes place at Dartington June 19-21 2019. The event is co-convened by The Royal Forestry Society and Timber Strategies, and also incorporates the annual conference of the Royal Forestry Society. It marks the centenary of the Forestry Commission.
The call for participation has a deadline of November 19. This is addressed not only to artists but to all those involved, however tangentially, with trees, forests and forestry. So please pass the word, and please send us your brilliant ideas. Our international gatherings have gained a reputation as a 're-invention of the academic conference'; we are anxious to include as wide a range of voices as possible and as wide a range of presentation types as possible.
Visit the art.earth website for current news and activity including available short courses.
Celebrating the centenary of the Forestry Commission
2019 marks the Forestry Commission's centenary, and 100 years since the passing of the Forestry Act. Throughout 2019, the Forestry Commission will celebrate 100 years of forestry through a cultural programme marking its achievements and history, as well as looking forward to the next century.
To find out more about what's going on in your local forest, and how you can get involved, visit Forestry England
CCANW associates news
We welcome curator Alfredo Cramerotti, artist Elizabeth Ogilvie and curator Rosemarie McGoldrick into our associates scheme and congratulate Lara Goodband on her appointment as curator of contemporary art at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter. Amy Sharrocks will be holding her first major solo exhibition at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum from 30 November to 24 February, Bergit Arends is now Deputy Head of Collection Care Research at Tate, and Maria Rebecca Ballestra is the organiser of the seriously ambitious Festival for the Earth – see above. Associates details.
CCANW Interns news
Aspiring young filmmaker Nielsan Bohl has been helping to create these bulletins, make short films and presentations. You can see two films he has made for CCANW presentations in Rio de Janieroand Exeter. Our first international intern Livia Russell, a student at Cambridge University, will be working at the WAMU-Net office at Ca' Foscari University of Venice during May-June next year.
Support CCANW & art.earth: become a Member today
Neither CCANW nor its partner at Dartington art.earth currently receive any public funding. You can show your support for us by joining our membership scheme. In addition to discounts on sales, services, conferences and courses, you can post information about your work and activities on the art.earth website. Both organisations also offer mentoring.
CCANW bulletin supplement
Our new supplement details a new collaboration with Bath Spa University, and lists the latest list of recommended lectures, articles, newsletters, exhibitions, projects and books. You can download it here.