The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies: a new collaboration launched

Posted: 8th December 2020

Photo: Sergey Kantsyrenko.

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prizean exciting, new collaboration between two programmes managed by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI): the Endangered Landscapes Programme and the Arts, Science and Conservation Programme.

A new collaboration

The Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) – generously funded by the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – is supporting an optimistic vision for the future of Europe’s landscapes. This vision sees landscapes enriched with biodiversity, establishing resilient, more self-sustaining ecosystems that benefit both nature and people.

CCI’s Art, Science and Conservation Programme (ASCP) develops pioneering interdisciplinary art actions that respond to the biodiversity and climate crisis. In particular, the programme explores how collaborations between artists and scientists have the ability to transform the way we undertake and portray conservation.

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 our own 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 ELP is supporting nature recovery in some of Europe’s most treasured – but threatened – landscapes. The recently launched Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies will create new opportunities to connect with these places, which humans and nature both depend on. Photo credit: Volodymyr Goinyk.

About the residencies

Artists are invited to be in residence in the ELP’s Implementation Project landscapes throughout Europe. Expressions of Interest open on the 7th January 2021 for one month. The opportunity is open to artists with strong links to the landscapes in the following countries: Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Wales.

Artists will be selected through a competitive two-stage process, judged against the stated criteria by the residency project team, project teams in each landscape and an external panel. Residencies will be accompanied by awards between $3,150 and $5,400 and will begin in June 2021. We look forward to receiving proposals from a wide range of artistic practice.

To find out more about our plans for the Artist Residencies, the external judging panel and information on how to apply, please visit the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies webpage.

Expression of interest to apply for an Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies grant will open on 7th January 2021. Photo credit Ben Porter.


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