Land/Change is a micro-festival dedicated to teaching, learning and performances. It brings together writers, artists, local organisers and academics working with communities around the world to explore creative, critical and activist responses to landscapes and places under processes of change. ‘Places’ may be defined by histories which are both culturally celebrated and traumatic, and talks and presentations will address the ways in which arts and humanities approaches can be used to respond to environmental change and to help empower communities to determine their future.
Environmental History | Landscape Memory | Community Engagement | Ecological Crisis | Creativity | Hope and Action
Edson Burton (poet and historian, Bristol)
J.R. Carpenter (artist, writer, researcher, performer)
Mya-Rose Craig (Birdgirl, Black2Nature)
Lily Green (No Bindings press)
Sarah Hayden (poet, University of Southampton)
Madhu Krishnan (academic, University of Bristol)
Lila Matsumoto (poet and researcher, University of Nottingham)
Camilla Nelson (poet and publisher)
Olivette Otele (historian, Bath Spa University)
Jess Tamsin (organiser, Protestival)
Tony White (author, Piece of Paper Press)
The event will be held in the 5th Floor Conference Space, which is wheelchair accessible via Stokes Croft entrance and lift. If you have any questions about access please contact the organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or the venue directly at email@example.com
Some feedback from LAND/Change
‘Extraordinary breadth and properly interconnected’
‘Excellent. Lots of synergy between talks. Most interesting for me was the way in which environmental thinking is deeply entwined with BAME issues.’
‘Stimulates me to organise similar events in my hometown!’
‘Great mix of perspectives and interests. An opportunity for me to be exposed to people and causes I wouldn’t ordinarily hear of.’
‘Very interesting and inspired by Protestival!’
‘Mya-Rose was particularly brilliant!’
‘Really beautiful poetry, very stimulating and inspiring. Good range of the very academic and lightheartedness.’
Did any of the talks make you think differently about any issue/s?: ‘Olivette’s idea of sites of memory and history and the value of investigating and narrating this.’
— PREVIOUS EVENTS —
A series of events that took place in Autumn/Winter 2015-16 bringing academics together with creative practitioners and community groups to explore how we value and respond to place in the context of environmental and landscape change.
7pm 15 October 2015 | Dark Studio | Arnolfini, Bristol | Free
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Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a poet and academic. She holds degrees from Oxford and Royal Holloway and has studied at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York and Naropa. Creative work includes Her Body: The City, slam poems for quiet people and oh-zones and has been anthologised in Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe) and Out of Everywhere 2 (Reality Street). Critical work has appeared in journals such as Jacket, How2 and Green Humanities and her monograph on innovative poetry and gift is forthcoming in 2016. She curates ecopoetics exhibitions and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Newman University, Birmingham.
Dr. Amy Cutler is a literary geographer who works on poetry and British environmental cultures. She is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Humanities in the School of English at the University of Leeds. She is also the lead academic on a cross-disciplinary White Rose funded network, Hearts of Oak: Caring for British Forests, based at Leeds, Sheffield, and York, and involving woodland partners and site specific pilot projects in environmental management. In 2013 she curated the exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig, on forests, history, and social and environmental memory, and in 2014 she was selected for AHRC Science in Culture‘s shortlist of fifteen early career researchers in the UK doing the most inspiring work in arts-science collaboration.
Miche Fabre Lewin and Flora Gathorne-Hardy of Touchstonecollaborations are ecological artists dedicated to re-connecting culture and agriculture through food, soil and ritual practices. Their practice is rooted within an ethics and aesthetic of collaboration and is dedicated to co-creating convivial environments that invite the senses, imagination, intuition and memory. Miche is an artist-cuisiniere and culinary activitist, and is undertaking her doctoral thesis Rituals for Resilience with Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR). Having completed her PhD in community design, Flora worked as a Landscape Architect, and is now exploring farming with nature. Miche and Flora are both Research Associates at CAWR and Faculty Members at Crossfields Institute with the MSc Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology.
Maddy Longhurst from Blue Finger Alliance. The Blue Finger is a piece of fertile agricultural soil reaching into Bristol that is under ongoing development pressure. It is also the heart of an urban agriculture renaissance. What Bristol chooses to do with it’s best soil asset is a litmus test for it’s green principles. At a time when upscaling our local food production and soil health is so vital, how do we inspire an agroecological vision for land like the Blue Finger across the UK? How do we challenge business-as-usual and bring activism and policy change together for our common good, and what would a nature-centred urban food quarter bring to the people of Bristol?
Maddy Longhurst is co-ordinator of the Blue Finger Alliance, a voluntary network of individuals and organisations advocating for the protection of soils from degradation through land-use policy change, collaborative methods of changemaking and soulful connection to the land and the food we eat.
— WATER —
7pm 19 November 2015 | Light Studio | Arnolfini, Bristol | Free
Jethro Brice works across media and fields of professional practice, collaborating through socially-engaged and academic practices to facilitate and expand public discourse around changeable landscapes. Since graduating in from the Glasgow School of Art (2006), he has worked independently as an environmental artist, and is now undertaking doctoral research in cultural geography at the University of Bristol. Jethro uses found materials and borrowed languages to elicit layered histories of place through drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. Workshops and participatory projects expand this practice, developing new approaches for an unsettled future and a contested past. With Seila Fernandez Arconada he produced Some:when (some-when.co.uk), a participatory public art project responding to the floods on the Somerset levels, initiated with a grant from the Somerset Community Foundation. He is currently working with early career archaeologist Sally Evans, tracing changing environmental histories in the muds of the Severn foreshore, as part of the NERC-funded Paper Makers project. Recent exhibitions include The Power of the Sea at the Royal West of England Academy and The Water Knows All My Secrets at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery.
Marianna Dudley is an environmental historian of modern Britain, and Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the University of Bristol. She has worked on military landscapes (An Environmental History of the UK Defence Estate was published by Bloomsbury in 2012), Somerset orchards, and authored two public walks for the RGS-IBG’s ‘Discovering Britain’ series. Her most recent research takes water as its focus. It recognises the rise of recreation in the modern age as a critical shift in how we imagine, use and protect ‘natural’ spaces. As researcher on the AHRC-funded ‘The Power and the Water: Connecting Pasts and Futures’ project, she has focused on the River Severn and particularly the community of surfers that connect with the Severn Bore.
Owain Jones is a Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University. He works mainly in cultural geography and has published a number of peer-reviewed research articles in international geography and related social science journals. He has two main areas of research and writing interests; geographies of nature-culture and children’s geographies. Within the former he focuses upon animal geographies, place/landscape/dwelling, and tidal geographies (and temporal rhythms of landscape).
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— ROUTE —
7pm 10 December | Light Studio | Arnolfini, Bristol | Free
Ian Barrett is Regional Director of Sustrans South West, a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. Ian is passionate about creating better, healthier, more sustainable places for people and wildlife. He’s a highly motivated policy-maker, with a strong track record of developing successful partnership projects to deliver positive change on the ground. Ian is also a non-executive director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership Community Interest Company.
Iain Morrison and Leiza McLeod have been writing and performing together for more than 10 years. Previous projects include Gimme the Beat Girls (2009), a staged show of sung versions of texts by women writers of America’s Beat Generation presented at Arnolfini, and This Is Not The Place, a poem-mapping project with performance and publication elements presented in Bristol (2008) and in Edinburgh (2013) as part of a residency at Forest Centre Plus.
Jonathan Prior: I am a human geographer based at Cardiff University. In my research, I am broadly interested in how people value what we may think of as nature (landscapes, plants, animals), and how these values shape our attitudes toward things like environmental conservation. I am also a sound recordist, and have produced sound maps, audio tours, sound walks, and field recording installations. Listen here: http://12gatestothecity.com/
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— STREETS —
7pm 21 January 2015 | Dark Studio | Arnolfini, Bristol | Free
Holly Corfield-Carr is a poet and researcher working on site-specific practices in contemporary writing. Her poems have appeared on a passenger ferry in Bristol Floating Harbour, a guard tower on the Antrim Coast and the Portwall Lane car park as part of the public soundwork MISSORTS. A pamphlet, documenting a series of performances in an eighteenth-century crystal grotto, was commissioned as part of the 2014 Bristol Biennial and published by Spike Island where she worked as writer-in-residence in 2013. She received the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015 and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012.
Cara Courage is an arts consultant, writer/commentator, curator and project manager with a professional background of 20 years, and a final year placemaking PhD candidate at University of Brighton. Cara’s research interests span the arts and the urban, in relation to co-production, arts practice and process agencies, civic participation and social movements and the arts and city space and place. Cara is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council, Fellow of the RSA and Academician of Academy of Urbanism and co-founder/editor of architecture publication EDGEcondition and of social practice arts journal BLINDFIELD and writes for the national and sector media.
Edmund Hardy is a writer and publisher. Complex Crosses (published 2014, Contraband Books) is an experimental critical history of poetry from Homer to the present, focusing on the figure of chiasmus. He co-runs Capsule Editions and Intercapillary Space, a magazine. He recently published a ballad for children in Cambridge Literary Review, as well as an essay on the political philology of democracy in Radical Philosophy magazine. He is currently also working on a comic dialogue novel of ‘sides’ and a travel-meditation on architecture and letters in the medieval landscape of the present.