Eight residencies in landscape restoration projects in Europe

Accompanying individual awards of $3,150 and $5,400

Following completion of residencies, an additional prize of $2,500 to the most exceptional artist

The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize

The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize is a new collaboration between two programmes at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative: the Arts, Science and Conservation Programme and the Endangered Landscapes Programme. Both the ELP and ASCP are keen to encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary arts practice that celebrates the landscapes and communities supported by the ELP and that reveal the hopes, ambitions and opportunities that come with landscape restoration.

The arts and cultural practice are a powerful means of reawakening our sense of the familiar, connecting to the past, and exploring possible futures. They play a pivotal role in addressing environmental challenges and are a compelling route into understanding how people are connected to landscape. Art can often articulate emotional connections to a landscape in entirely new ways.

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. – Heather Ackroyd, Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies judge.

Following a two-stage application process, eight artists, or collectives, will be selected to be in residence in the eight endangered landscapes currently receiving Project Implementation Grants. Residencies will begin in June 2021 and run through until April 2022, coronavirus restrictions permitting. The additional prize will be awarded to the artist of outstanding merit at the end of the residency period.

Expressions of Interest for the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies closed on the 7th February 2021. Covid-19 permitting, we hope to announce successful artists in June 2021.

Update (31/03/2021): We had hoped to be able to let all applicants know the outcome of their Expression of Interest by the end of March. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be unable to do this until later in April. Please bear with us during this time, and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Expressions of interest and invited Stage Two applications will be assessed through a combination of the ELAR team, the project teams in each landscape and an external judging panel (below).

External judges

Heather Ackroyd

Heather Ackroyd, of Ackroyd & Harvey, has exhibited extensively in contemporary art galleries, museums, public spaces and sites of special interest both nationally and internationally. The artists give high profile keynotes and public presentations and contribute writings and photographs to books and journals.

Their multi-disciplinary work intersects art, activism, architecture, biology, ecology and history, and references memory and time, nature and culture. Anthropogenic climate change and biosphere degradation are key subjects in their practice interfacing their profound interest in local ecologies and global environmental concerns. In 2019, Ackroyd & Harvey co-founded Culture Declares Emergency in response to the climate and ecological emergency.

Tundi Agardy

Tundi Agardy is an internationally renowned expert in marine conservation, with extensive international field and policy experience. In 2001, shortly after founding the policy-science think tank Sound Seas, Tundi began thinking about how to recognize the value of natural ecosystems for humanity. This led to her involvement with the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA), which in 2005 published the first global evaluation of the status of ecosystems in relation to human well-being. Tundi headed the coastal portion of this comprehensive assessment and was co-author of the summary document “Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Biodiversity Synthesis”. Since that time, she has worked on understanding ecosystem services and human perceptions of nature, in particular the important cultural services that serve as a motivator for so much of marine conservation, management, and restoration. She is a member of the Endangered Landscape Programme’s Oversight and Selection Panel.

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas is the Community Officer at Kettle’s Yard, the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. Karen works with artists, selected by the community, to explore local areas, collaborate with local residents and create new artwork together. Jim Ede, founder of Kettle’s Yard spoke about the everyday miracle of nature and many artists in the collection have been inspired by landscape, the environment and nature.

Karen joined Kettle’s Yard in 2013 and works with its collection and contemporary artists to develop engagement activities with communities in and around Cambridge. She has previously worked as part of the Learning team at Firstsite gallery in Colchester, in the project management team for arts research project Vital Communities, and most recently, as Arts Development Manager to South Cambridgeshire. Additionally, Karen is a trustee of arts and wellbeing charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination.