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Green Tease: The Art of Inhabiting Nature – Panel Discussion

Green Tease: The Art of Inhabiting Nature - Panel Discussion 2

Green Tease network members are invited to join Creative Carbon Scotland, Edinburgh Printmakers and special guests for a panel discussion as part of visual artist Ravi Agarwal’s exhibition and first solo show in the UK, Nàdar / Prakriti.

Ravi Agarwal has a diverse practice as an artist, environmental campaigner, writer and curator. He is founder of the Indian environmental NGO Toxics Link and has worked closely with WHO and UNEP on issues including hazardous waste. As an artist he works in the mediums of photography, text, video, performance and installation to explore issues of urban space, ecology, capital and globalisation.

This year Agarwal undertook a research residency in the Scottish Highlands supported by the John Muir Trust to inform a print studio residency at Edinburgh Printmakers, where he developed new print commissions for the Nàdar / Prakriti exhibition.

As part of his research, Agarwal considered the various pressures and challenges posed to nature in Scotland and India and community efforts for re-wilding, as well as the ongoing various multidisciplinary conversations to rethink urban sustainability as part of a larger ecospace.

Chaired by Creative Carbon Scotland’s culture/SHIFT Producer, Gemma Lawrence, this panel discussion will include talks and audience discussion with the following speakers:

  • Ravi Agarwal will reflect on how his art and environmental practice deals with complex ideas of nature as culture, politics and science.
  • Dr Norman Shaw, an artist and academic from the Scottish Highlands, will discuss the role of cultural perceptions of nature in the Scottish landscape.
  • Don O’Driscoll, a Property Manager for the John Muir Trust, will explore the role and practice of science and conservation models in protecting nature in Scotland.

Together they’ll consider the philosophical underpinnings of nature in our societies, examining our relationship to nature and how our conceptualisation of it influences the way we use it.

The conversation will look at fresh ways we might respond to the deep environmental problems of today’s world, and how sustainability might stem from a cooperation between different sectors and disciplines including artists, scientists, cultural theorists and others.

There will also be the chance to network with event participants interested making connections between artistic practices and environmental sustainability.

Event details

Registration: This event is free but ticketed. Please book your place here.

Refreshments: We’ll have tea, coffee and biscuits, including vegan options, to hand!

Travelling to the venue: Edinburgh Printmakers is centrally based, within 10 minutes walking distance of Waverley Station, and is well served by bus, walking and cycling routes. Directions to the venue are available here.

Accessibility: Creative Carbon Scotland is committed to actively promoting accessibility, equality and inclusivity in all of our work.

Please note, there is no lift access to the upstairs gallery space where this event will take place and as such it is not accessible by wheelchair. The stairs to the gallery space do have railings for those who need support when ascending and descending.

If you require help with physical access or interpretation, or if you have any other special requirements, please contact Edinburgh Printmakers in advance of your visit. They can be contacted by phone on 01315572479 or email at information on their accessibility support is available here.

Green Tease is an ongoing events programme connecting artistic practices and environmental sustainability across Scotland. Find out more about previous events and how you can run your own Green Tease event here.


28th July 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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