Landscape Wilderness and the Wild University of Newcastle 26th-28th March 2015.

Here’s a link to a conference being organised by the dept of Landscape Architecture and Planning at Newcastle University in a couple of weeks, where I’ll be talking about my project Forgotten Fruit in the context of wilderness and sense of place. Follow the link for more information on the event and for bookings.

Panel Beating #4 — The Cenotaph Project & the public sphere

If I wasn’t already working on a conference that weekend I’d almost certainly be going to this!

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Stuart Brisley, The Cenotaph Project, 1987-91, Installation (with Maya Balcioglu). Image: Maya Balcioglu. Stuart Brisley, The Cenotaph Project, 1987-91, Installation (with Maya Balcioglu). Image: Maya Balcioglu.

I am delighted to be participating in an event on 24 October 2014 with Stuart Brisley, Maya Balcioglu and Dr Sanja Perovic, as part of the Kings Arts and Humanities Festival 2014.

This is an output of an ongoing research collaboration exploring Brisley’s deployment of the Republican Calendar in works produced since 1973. This revolutionary calendar was created by Sylvain Maréchal in 1788 and implemented during the French Revolution. Maréchal was a poet, avant-garde playwright and newspaper editor and his decimal calendar was used by the French government between 1793 to 1805, and briefly by the Paris Commune in 1871. Dr Perovic is a leading researcher in this field, and her groundbreaking book on the subject, The Calendar in Revolutionary France, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.

Also drawing on my research with Stuart Brisley…

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Somerset Heritage Office, research times.

Jethro Brice and Seila Fernandez Aconada’s excellent research project about the history of flooding on the Somerset levels Some:when, they’ll be talking about this at Of the Earth 24th&25th October 2014 Plymouth University.


I recently had the pleasure of spending a day in research at the Somerset Heritage Office in Taunton. Traces of the Flatner are everywhere in the history of the Somerset Levels and Moors and a number of books that I found there were fascinating. Flooding is obviously a complex issue in Somerset, however, the more I know about it the more I feel passionate about this project. It is interesting to note the special relationship of Somerset with water by revisiting history, the culture, the traditions, the landscape – all are based on this particular connection. I have found a number of impressive images of the area around Langport and how this community is well knowledgeable about this.

I would like to thank the staff at the Somerset Heritage Office for being such a helpful and passionate team, for helping out with ideas facilitating ways to find information within their archives.

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Of The Earth: Art, Design, Writing and Environment 24th and 25th October Plymouth University Registration now open

Registration for the conference Of the Earth is now open, the conference will explore the multitude of ways in which artists, designers and writers are aligning themselves to environmental issues and politics, with keynote presentations from Jules Pretty (OBE) professor of environment and Society University of Essex, Jem Southam Professor of Photography Plymouth University, Land Water and the Visual Arts Research Group and Judith Tucker ( University of Leeds and Land2 research group) & Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University). In addition there will be poetry readings and talks by writers as part of Plymouth International Book Festival and presentations from 30 international artists and researchers. I’ll be posting a few links from participating researchers in the next few weeks so watch this space.

Please follow the link below for more information and registration.

Newstead and Annesley Heritage Project

Newstead and Annesley Heritage Project

Here’s a link to the Heritage Project website which I wrote and researched for Newstead and Annesley Country park, a former industrial site in nottinghamshire which I discussed in the debate on re-imagining brownfield land. The website includes photographs and oral history interviews collected from within the community relating to the nearby colliery villages and booklets relating to the area’s history and ecology.

Rescuing our Brownfield spaces, as part of The Great Debate Newcastle Salsa Cafe April 3rd 2014.

Video documentation of a debate I took part in discussing how to manage brown field sites. i talked about my work in Newstead Nottinghamshire and the role the arts can play in the interpretation and re-imagining of brown field land.