Artists in residence chosen for an ecological project
A rewilding project in central Wales has selected its artists in residence, as part of the Endangered Landscape Artist Residencies program.
The TAIR collective, made up of artists Manon Awst, Beth Celyn and Judith Musker Turner, has been selected as artists in residence for Summit to Sea.
The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies program has introduced eight residencies in various landscape restoration projects, such as Summit to Sea, across Europe.
Summit to Sea project leader Siân Stacey said the project had recently “transformed” after it was criticized for not including local communities in its “early stages.”
The £ 150,000 scheme, which aims to increase biodiversity and restore ecosystems in a large area of central Wales, has recently entered its design phase.
The project is keen to work with the local population during the design phase, and TAIR will now work closely with Summit to Sea to support its current exploration phase of the co-design process.
They will complete a participatory art project that will use the arts to ensure that the people and communities involved in the project feel their voices are heard.
They plan to create a multimedia work of art using materials collected by and with communities, bringing together stories and testimonies along the way that will be developed into a multimedia performance.
TAIR said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this prestigious residency and to have the opportunity to work with Summit to Sea.
“We are passionate about the ability of the arts to connect and inspire people, and believe they have a key role to play in addressing the challenges facing our environment.
“We look forward to working with local communities to ensure they feel heard, represented and empowered through the Summit to Sea co-design process. “
The Artist Residency and Endangered Landscape Arts Award is a new collaboration between two programs of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative; the Arts, Science and Conservation program and the Endangered Landscapes program.
The residencies aim to encourage a collaborative and interdisciplinary artistic practice that celebrates the landscapes and communities supported by the ELP and which reveal the hopes, ambitions and opportunities that accompany landscape restoration.
TAIR is a new collective, although the artists have already worked together on other projects, notably as part of the female poetry collective Cywion Cranogwen.
Manon explores the sites through installations, films and performances, Beth is a singer-songwriter and poet from Denbigh, while Judith Musker Turner is a poet and textile artist based in Derwenlas.
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