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1 February 2019
Brexit: in support of a second referendum

The Creative Industries Federation, which represents the UK’s world-leading creative industries, is urging the leaders of the UK's political parties to support a second referendum rather than crash out of the EU.
'The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy. They contribute over £100bn in GVA and employ 1 in 11 people. The free movement of goods, services, capital and people have underpinned the sector’s success and our ability to attract talent, tour freely, and trade on our doorstep is vital to the ongoing success of the creative industries and to the UK as a whole. This is why 96% of our members intended to vote to remain ahead of the referendum, and why crashing out of the EU without a deal would have catastrophic consequences for the sector'.
Alan Bishop, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, 16 Jan. 

Arts Council England: new no-deal EU exit guide. Download here
An exchange of letters with Sir Nicolas Serota 

Shortly before Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England, wrote an  article in the Guardian supporting the idea that the arts had a leading role to play in tackling climate change, CCANW director Clive Adams had written to him as a member of the Arts and Environment Network of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. You can read their exchange of letters on CIWEM's website and slightly edited versions in the February issue of their magazine The Environment.

International and Transdisciplinary Initiatives

In December, Richard Povall of led students from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in a presentation of the Science Walden project in Venice. Part of the Festival for the Earth, an initiative of CCANW associate curator Maria Rebecca Ballestra, their workshop New Order, New Values, New Economies drew a capacity audience at the spectacular Ateneo Veneto.

Immediately afterwards, CCANW convened at meeting at Ca' Foscari University of Venice to discuss ways that the Global Network of Water Museums (WAMU-Net) might work with some of the leading organisations in Venice involved in the field of arts and ecology. We were joined by CCANW associate artist Elizabeth Ogilvie, curators Sue Spaid and Andrea Lerda, Ben Parry from Bath Spa University, Flora Gathorne-Hardy of touchstones, gallerist Caroline Wiseman and Tse-Hui Teh from UCL. We will be devoting a forthcoming bulletin to activities during the Venice Biennale. news continues to refine the programme for the major event of this summer, Evolving the Forest which uses art and reason to talk about some of the important issues facing the future of our forests here and across the world. A timely event at a time of planetary fragility and damaged natural defences. Read more at – places are selling fast.

Short courses include Capturing the Light on cameraless photographic techniques with artist William Arnold in May; Swimming – labour of imagination with Kari Furre and Nancy Sinclair (June 9-14), Branching Out: collaborations with trees with artists Camilla Nelson and Alex Metcalf (June 21-24) and, we hope, Body Weather with Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon at a date TBA. Read all the details at
Finally, on June 6, we are delighted to host a talk by Dark Mountain’s Dougald Hine to introduce our focus for 2020, Death and Dying: inhabiting loss and impermanence. Full details TBA.

Support CCANW & become a Member today

Neither CCANW nor its partner at Dartington 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 website. Both organisations also offer mentoring.

CCANW bulletin supplement

The following supplement details our new collaboration with Bath Spa University and lists other recommended courses, exhibitions, conferences, talks, articles, books and open submission opportunities. 

Bill Jones is a writer and illustrator based in Stroud, with a particular interest in plants, historical costume and puns. His first book, The Life and Times of Algernon Swift, an illustrated novel in puns, was published in 2017 by Head of Zeus and well reviewed in the TLS ('sheer relentless glee') and The Big Issue ('a complete joy'). He sells his work as greetings cards and small books of cartoons. His website is
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