Arts and Sustainability: Artists’ Residency, 2016
In September 2016, eight artists were invited to participate in CCS’s third annual Arts & Sustainability Residency.
The group worked with facilitators Jan Bebbington (Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development, Director, St Andrews Sustainability Institute) and Lex ter Braak (Director, Van Eyck Institute, Maastricht, Netherlands), and partneredwith Cove Park.
Over an intensive three-day programme, participating artists were asked to reflect upon and develop their understanding of how their practices connected with themes surrounding the burgeoning field of the Anthropocene, and the wider cultural shift towards a more environmentally sustainable society.
Key questions and themes discussed included:
- The contested starting points of the Anthropocene and the social, political and creative implications contingent on each of these;
- The cultural responses that an understanding of geological deep time provokes;
- The historical role of the artist in society;
- Developing robust theories of change which can provide practical hope in addressing the transition away from unsustainable practices.
Read the full Arts & Sustainability 2016 Residency Report here.
This residency was supported by Creative Scotland and The Dr David Summers Charitable Trust and is run in partnership with Cove Park.
Report design: Gordon Beveridge