Landscape. Place and Identity:
a multi-diciplinary symposium
We're sorry that the Symposium is cancelled.
Specialist workshops will proceed
with slight alterations to times and venue
Specialist Workshop Day including The Big Draw
Sunday 11th October 10:00 - 12:00, 14:00 -1600
Museum in the Park, Stratford
Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4AH
An exciting programme of 'hands on' workshops, engaging with ideas
of 'landscape' and offering the potential to develop skills and
The Big Draw | a Free event
Drawings of the Dawn Redwood made in Stratford
Park, hung in Dawn Redwoods in Shanghai.
Land artists Walking the Land are working with local people to
send 1000 drawn leaves of the endangered Dawn Redwood Tree (a specimen
is in Stratford Park) to it's native China.
Join Walking the Land artists to make drawings which
will be added to the growing leaf collection in Shanghai.
Time: 10:00 -12:00 & 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Stratford Park meeting outside The Museum in the Park
Drawing a Landscape of the Mind
Join artist Maxine Relton for a day of experimental drawing, interpreting
your visualisations of place. All abilities welcome.
Cost: £37 per person, plus £3-5 for materials depending
on use. All materials supplied.
Time: 10am - 4pm
Location: Museum in the Park, Stroud. Meet outside main entrance,
first hour outdoors, warm clothes advised.
Payment details: cheque made out to Maxine Relton, £37
payable on booking, small materials charge on the day
Contact: Maxine Relton, 5 The Street, Horsley, Stroud, Glos GL6
t: 01453 832597
Creative Writing in the landscape
Writer Philip Rush will use four key poems as cornerstones for four inter-related
poetry exercises. These poems will address: the narrative landscape, the spiritual
landscape, the emotional landscape and the prospect poem, though not necessarily
in that order.
Time: 13:30 - 16:00
Contact & Payment details:
Booking essential (Maximum 6 participants)
Performance, Process and Place
One of the areas leading conceptual artists, Dominic Thomas guides
you into developing new ways of seeing the landscape.
Suze Adams is a multi-disciplinary artist and currently part of
the PLaCe doctoral research team at UWE, Bristol. She is an associate
member of Land2 and exhibits regularly throughout the UK and
Carolyn Black has an MA in Fine Art and exhibited widely before,
(as she describes it) ‘moving over to the dark side’,
when she became involved in curating and commissioning temporary
public artworks. She has curated several events in Bristol, most
notably ‘dialogue’ in 2003. Following a year working
as project assistant to Claire Doherty on Thinking of the Outside,
she took up post as Projects Director for the Forest of Dean
Sculpture Trust. Carolyn is now pursuing a PhD relating to curatorial
decision-making and its impact on the visitor experience.
Trained as an archaeologist, over the past three years James Dixon
has been examining links between public art and contemporary archaeology
during which time he has been involved in the Cabot Circus project
in Bristol. He has been using contemporary archaeological methods/theory
to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between
planners, residents, consumers and the built environment with a
view to proposing new ways that developers and public art commissioners
might approach the local places in which they work. James is currently
completing his doctoral studies at UWE Bristol.
Colin Glen has a studio base at SVA in Stroud and regularly exhibits
work – locally, nationally and internationally. He is also
an art writer and publishes with magazines ArtMonthly and a-n
as well as contributing commissioned essays to artist catalogues.
Colin is currently reading for a research degree at the University
Owain Jones describes himself, broadly, as ‘a cultural geographer
with a range of theoretical and substantive interests’. These
can be grouped under the headings; nature-society relations, landscape
and place, geographies of children and childhood, geographies of
the non-human. Owain is interested in developing ‘non-representational’ approaches
to landscapes – focusing on memory, emotion, affect and performativity.
He is currently a Research Fellow with the Countryside & Community
Research Institute and based at the University of Gloucestershire.
Andrew Langford is currently based at the University of Northampton
where he is Research Leader in Fine Art and Design in the School
of The Arts. His image making has involved a wide range of photographic
and digital technologies and conceptual approaches to collage
and to document. His most recent work entitled, Winter Growing
Fields: Landscape and Estrangement uses photography to explore
the impact of rapid change around the agricultural and business
use of semi-arid desert lands in Almeria, Spain.
Hellen O’Connor is a geologist attached to Gloucestershire
Geology Trust and to the Museum in the Park, Stroud.
Bronwyn Platten has exhibited internationally in numerous group
and solo shows – most recently as part of the touring exhibition
Figuring Landscapes launched at Tate Modern earlier this year.
Platten has worked extensively with diverse community groups
and, since 2003, with NHS trusts in Aberdeen and Manchester as
both artist and curator. She is currently undertaking a PhD at
the University of Salford developing a collaborative arts-based
approach to communicating experiences of embodiment.
Dominic Thomas’ interdisciplinary practice focuses on critically
and socially engaged solo and collaborative production through
performance, video, site-specific installation, writing and project
work. He has a particular interest in self-organisation and self-education
within artist-led activity and has been initiating and co-ordinating
artists’ projects in the UK and beyond since 1997.
Jem Southam is Professor of Photography at the University of Plymouth.
His series of photographic images have been exhibited widely and
his texts published extensively. His most recent work is the result
of a commission from the Lowry; a study of the Cumbrian coast called ‘Clouds
Maxine Relton lives and works in the Stroud valleys and leads art
workshops at home and abroad. She exhibits widely, has a permanent
gallery of her own work and is an elected academician of the
RWA. Her paintings and prints are held in private collections
all over the world.
Philip Rush is an English teacher and writer. His poems
have appeared in reputable and disreputable magazines, both here
and in the United States, and he is represented in the Carcanet anthology,
New Poetries IV.
His recent books, a collection of poems called Big
Purple Garden Paintings and a sequence called How to Listen to Classical
Music, are both published by Yew Tree Press (available through Amazon).
Yew Tree Press also put out a pamphlet of poems (Improvisation) and
a recent exciting collaboration with illustrator Nadine James (I-Spy
Initially trained as a zoologist, Simon Ryder studied sculpture
at the RCA where he co-founded artNucleus (www.artnucleus.org),
a collaborative agency set up to produce site-sensitive artworks
for challenging locations. Over the past decade he has completed
a wide range of residencies and commissions, most recently working
with the interaction designer Anthony Rowe to produce the first
in a series of ‘Tuned Landscapes’: enveloping spatialized
aural environments based on ecologically sensitive landscapes
through which the viewer can interact with the source landscape.
Walking the Land
Tom Keating teaches digital media to individuals, communities and
organizations. He currently works for Stroud College and is involved
in projects with The English Folk and Dance Society, Remembering
Rodborough and Walking the Land. Using various digital media to
isolate and exaggerate his findings, Tom’s personal work
explores environments where nature's design overlaps with human
Richard has worked within landscape design, urban fringe and countryside
management and as director of one of the twelve Community Forests
in England. As a free lance facilitator and consultant he has
worked in the wider sustainability and cultural fields since
the 1990's. Following an MA in Drawing as Process, Richard has
spent more of his time working directly with communities on the
sustainability agenda as an artist. Current work includes a mix
of consultancy and arts projects such as Green Infrastructure
project with Natural England, working with local artists to address
concerns regards the Severn Barrage proposals, various projects
about how people value their place and a thread of work concerning
woodland and endangered tree species.He is a director of Stroud
Nature and Capel Mill Development Company.
Kel Portman is a mixed
media artist whose work examines an interaction with landscape
and place – often
as the result of a personal or group journey, observation or
event. It often involves a combination of media with multiple
viewpoints and interwoven overlays that replicate the dynamic
interaction with the land. Kel has exhibited widely in the UK
and abroad and has extensive experience of teaching in Europe,
Asia and America.
A former Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, London and Fulbright
Exchange Professor, he now works with Walking the
Land and is actively involved with Gloucestershire Digital Arts Forum,
PhotoStroud and Stroud Valleys Artspace.