Sustainability Residency 2016 Press Release


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18th – 30th July, Ruskin 205, Cambridge School of Art
Show of works and farewell party Ruskin Gallery on Saturday 30th July 5-8 pm

This July the School of Art will be hosting once again the yearly artist-led project for practitioners and researchers working in the field of sustainability. The residency is designed to be a space for expanded practice, cross-disciplinary collaborations and dialogue. This year’s themes are Growth and Insulation, which will be used as entry points to the complexities of sustainability.

This year the project will build up on previous editions by putting together a varied programme with an excellent array of speakers. We have invited Dr Michael Hrebeniak from the Faculty of English at Cambridge University, who will be talking about cultural environmentalism and Professor Susanna Rostas from the Social Anthropology department who will talk about her research on the indigenous concept of ‘Lekil Kuxlekal’ or ‘how to live well’. We will also explore conservation and the Red List with researchers Charlie Butt and Maria Dias from Birdlife International working at the newly constructed David Attenborough centre. We will visit the Reisner Lab, where scientists will show us cutting edge research on solar fuel, and the Sainsbury lab where scientists investigate plants response to climate change. To contextualise our artistic practices, we will engage in dialogue with artist duo Ackroyd & Harvey, whose recent show Conflicted Seeds addressed challenges and benefits of conservation and biodiversity loss.

The residency also collaborates with other art centres and community organisations in the region and this year we have organised a sharing skills workshop at Wysing Art Centre as well as a take over of the kitchen at Cambridge Foodcycle, whose volunteers liberate food discarded by supermarkets and cook for the community in Cambridge every Saturday. The residency has also built strong links with the Global Sustainability Institute in Anglia Ruskin University and this year one of their researchers, Davide Natalini, will collaborate with coaching and sharing expertise workshops which will promote understanding of computer modelling research for environmental catastrophe scenarios.

The residency also benefits the School of Art’s current and past students who are invited to take part in the discussions and experiences alongside the selected artists participants. Participant artists and researchers engage in a dialogue which usually develops beyond the residency scope as new networks are created, such as the spin off e:collective artist collective and other collaborations, commissions and published papers across Europe and beyond.

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