Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies open for Expressions of Interest

Posted: 7th January 2021

Photo: Volodymyr Goinyk

Last month, the Endangered Landscapes Programme launched the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize, in partnership with the Arts, Science & Conservation Programme (ASCP) – another collaborative programme managed by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. We are delighted to announce that invitations to submit Expressions of Interest for the competition are open as of today – 7th January – and will remain open for one month.

The arts play a pivotal role in addressing environmental challenges and provide a compelling route into understanding how people are connected to landscape – an understanding which is deeply embedded in the ELP’s approach to restoration. Place-based practice in particular can often articulate connections to a landscape in entirely new ways. Both the ELP and the ASCP are keen to encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary arts practice that celebrates these landscapes and communities, and that reveal the hopes, ambitions and opportunities that come with landscape restoration.

The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize is a call to contemporary artists and makers who are interested in being in residence at one of the ELP’s landscape restoration Implementation Project sites. Residencies of up to ten months will explore and celebrate, through individual artistic practice, how communities connect to these transforming landscapes, where restored ecosystems will allow wildlife to thrive once again. Awards of between $3,150 and $5,400 accompany each residency.  Artists with close links to an Implementation Project landscapes in the following countries are eligible to apply for a grant: Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, Scotland and Wales.

The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies is a call for contemporary artists and makers to help reawaken our connection with Europe’s landscapes. Photo: Peter Cairns / scotlandbigpicture.com

Expressions of Interest and invited Stage Two applications will be assessed through a combination of the Artists Residencies team, the project teams in each landscape and an external judging panel. We are excited to have our external judging panel, who hold a wealth of expertise in the arts and conservation:

  • Artist Heather Ackroyd of Ackroyd & Harvey, has exhibited extensively in contemporary art galleries, museums, public spaces and sites of special interest both nationally and internationally.
  • Internationally renowned expert in marine conservation Tundi Agardy, who has extensive international field and policy experience, and is also a member of the Endangered Landscape Programme’s Oversight and Selection Panel.
  • Karen Thomas, who is the Community Officer at Kettle’s Yard and works with artists, selected by the community, to explore local areas, collaborate with local residents and create new artwork together.

Judge Heather Ackroyd on the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies offered her take on the Artist Residencies:

I think it is very affirming and encouraging to see art and culture regarded as an integral approach in regenerating landscapes and habitats, and a key part of the conservation programme.

We look forward to receiving proposals from a wide range of artistic practices, and encourage you to find out more information about how to apply, eligibility criteria on the Endangered Landscapes Artists Residencies page. The deadline to apply for a grant is 23.59 GMT, 7th February 2021.

The Endangered Landscapes Programme is managed by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, and generously funded by the Arcadia Fund – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.



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