Nick Reeves Award for Arts and the Environment - final reminder
We are now in the final week to receive nominations for this year's award, made by the Arts and the Environment Network of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) in association with CCANW.
The award is made annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of environmental arts, and this year nominations may be for contributions made anywhere in the world ie not limited to the UK. Deadline midnight 29 June. You can make nominations here.
Art and Ecology Alliances – mapping a new era of support and collaboration
Since the 1960s, the arts have played an increasingly important role alongside education and the sciences in engaging people and responding to emerging environmental challenges, most recently including climate change. In light of factors such as the USA's withdrawal from the Paris agreement and uncertainty about post-Brexit environmental safeguards in the UK, is it time to map out a new era of support and collaboration in the arts, and between the arts and other fields, towards more 'artfully' wise strategies for the future?
CIWEM's HQ in Central London
A meeting is being held at CIWEM in London on 10 July to review evolving frontiers of art-led responses to the ecological issues of our time. This follows a meeting convened by Arts Council England in March on 'environmental sustainabity'. The meeting room is already at capacity, but a summary will be circulated in a future bulletin and further meetings likely to be held around the UK. Organised by the Arts & Environment Network, in conjunction with art.earth, CCANW and the Art, Nature & Environment Research group.
Global Network of Water Museums becomes part of the UNESCO family
We are delighted to report that, following the recent meeting in the Netherlands at which CCANW organised presentations by artists and curators to over 70 Network delegates, a meeting on 15 June in Paris of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme passed a Resolution to admit WAMU-Net into its family, in acknowledgement of its water sustainability and water awareness efforts.
The successful team which submitted the Resolution to the 23rd Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO in Paris, with representatives from the Netherlands Permanent Delegation, the University of Venice, Civiltà dell’Acqua, and representatives of UNESCO-IHP and of water museums from Portugal, Romania and Iran.
CCANW will continue to demonstrate to the growing number of Network members around the world how the arts can help provide new perspectives on water sustainability, against a background of increasing scarcity, pollution, desertification, melting glaciers, and floods due to climate change.
The Ephemeral River – Global Nomadic Art Project UK
CCANW hosted the first Global Nomadic Art Project in the UK at Dartington between 9-18 June. Delivered by art.earth and facilitated by Richard Povall and Cat Radford, it involved 16 artists from 8 different countries working together in and along the River Dart. GNAPs are initiated and supported by the Korean organisation YATOO, founded on the idea that 'nature has no borders'. A publication will be produced in the coming months.
Participants in GNAP UK on the River Dart. Photo: Rachael Allain
'Our thoughts on learning about the World through nomadism have lasted for five years. They have now reached the Western end of Europe, having travelled from the East through 11 countries. During those years, we have learned and experienced so much from nature. We have travelled, shared and exchanged our thoughts and emotions with one another through our artistic sensitivity. This is a new way of artmaking - to collectively learn, feel and develop something from a place, its nature and culture. If the spiritual experience of the clear water from the River Dart flows from the hearts of the artists and can be shared around and with our neighbours, the ripples will spread far and wide.'
Ri Eung-woo, Director of GNAP.
YATOO's video exhibition 'Wind' – extended deadline
The artist group YATOO is our South Korean partner based in the city of Gongju. Later this year, it will organise the 8th Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, which will include a video exhibition on the theme of 'Wind'. Videos will be chosen from an open submission with an extended deadline of 10 July. You can see more details here.
Gallery bookcases, display cases and plinths for sale
Glass topped tables and plinths at CCANW in Haldon Forest
Later this week, CCANW is cataloging a range of gallery furniture and equipment for sale which had previously been used in its former space in Haldon Forest and the University of Exeter. Mostly made of robust birch ply, they include several adjustable bookcases and a glass fronted cabinet suitable for jewelery or ceramics, demountable display tables and plinths with plate glass or perspex tops. These items are currently in store near Totnes. If anyone is especially interested, an appointment can be made to view on 29June when we will be preparing the list and pricing items. There will be a 10% discount for other charities and CCANW Members. Contact Clive Adams
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.
Opportunities to work with CCANW in Stroud
Whilst continuing to work closely with art.earth at Dartington, CCANW's office is now based in Stroud and we would welcome voluntary help on occasional days with bookkeeping and administration. This could suit a retired person with accounting experience and anyone wanting experience in arts administration and fundraising, but having a particular interest in environmental issues. Contact Clive Adams.
Ecovention Europe: Portable Version. Internationales Waldkunst Zentrum, Darmstadt. 25 July - 23 September. Based on the exhibition Ecovention Europe previously shown in the Netherlands, this portable version is available for other showings. Part of Art Ecology 11 Aug - 23 September, conference 10 Aug.