The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies

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The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies

Expressions of Interest for the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize are now open. We launched this exciting new collaboration with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) in December 2020.

We are also delighted to announce our external judging panel: Tundi Agardy, an internationally renowned expert in marine conservation, with extensive field and policy experience; artist Heather Ackroyd, of Ackroyd & Harvey, who has exhibited extensively in international galleries, public spaces and sites of special interest; and Karen Thomas, based at Kettle’s Yard, who works with artists, selected by the community, to explore local areas and create new artwork together.

You can find out more about our three judges, our plans for the artist residencies and how to apply here.

The ELP supports significant landscape restoration projects in key areas of Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Wales. From wetlands and marine habitats, to deciduous woodland and mountain ranges, every project seeks to establish more resilient and self-sustaining ecosystems; ecosystems that enable native species to flourish, and provide sustainable cultural, social, and economic benefits to people.

These new artist residencies build on the ASCP’s work to develop interdisciplinary art actions that respond to the biodiversity and climate crisis. In particular, how collaborations between artists and scientists can help transform the way we undertake conservation.

The arts play a pivotal role in addressing environmental change and provide a compelling route into understanding how people are connected to landscape. Place-based practice often articulates these connections in entirely new ways. Both ASCP and ELP are keen to encourage arts practice that celebrates these landscapes and communities, and that reveals the hopes, ambitions and opportunities that surround landscape restoration.

Artists are invited to be in residence in one of ELP’s eight implementation landscape restoration projects throughout Europe and beyond. Expressions of Interest close on the 7th February 2021. The opportunity is open to artists with strong links to the landscapes in the following countries: Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Wales.

Artists will be selected through a competitive two-stage process, judged against the stated criteria by the residency project team, project teams in each landscape and an external panel. Residencies will be accompanied by awards between $3,150 and $5,400 and will begin in June 2021.

We are looking forward to receiving proposals from a wide range of artistic practices.

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