Landscape & Arts Network

Today, interdisciplinary and collaborative working is commonplace. In large property development and regeneration programmes we see artists involved in all stages of the design process. It is no longer the case of being invited to tack on a nice bit of sculpture at the end of the build.

We have also seen over recent decades a huge rise in the numbers of ecological artists working with environmental specialists to restore damaged landscapes. Many can be found on Green Museum, of course.

And there is that vast and productive field of Arts/Science practice, where artists and scientists collaborate to explore scientific subject matter.
Below is a photo from Anna Dumitriu, founder/director of the Institute of Unnecessary Research . The photo is from her Normal Flora Project, which investigates the fascinating unseen world of bacteria and moulds that always surrounds us .

Normal Flora

The Landscape & Arts Network  (LAN) was one of the very first Arts and Environment membership organisations to advocate and practice interdisciplinary working and full engagement with real life as it is lived – as well as carrying out a strong educational role. Today, it continues to be a widely-respected resource for everyone concerned with creative activity in the environment. Here are one or two images, showing a range of events: 

When Southwark Council agreed to the development and construction of Tate Modern in London, it was on the understanding that a Community Garden would be provided as part of the development. LAN members played a pivotal part in bringing this garden into being. Now it provides a tranquil and and relaxing space for local residents, away from the crowds of tourists attracted by Tate Modern.
           the community garden: right next to the massive Tate Building.


Designing and creating the garden took a great deal of work over several years, including specialists and many people from the local community. Here is the garden’s labyrinth in process of being built…

Landscape & Arts Network members design and help create new community garden.

… and here is the Opening Celebration in 2006.

walking the labyrinth at the opening ceremony


I took the photo below during one of the Landscape  & Arts Network’s  inspirational weekend visits. It is of one of the Nine Standards near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. They are very old. Other than that, I haven’t a clue what they are about. ... visit to the Nine Standards, Cumbria














I prefer this.kirkby-stephen_31_wp




                                                                                                                                                    And back in London, at the Jeannie Avent Gallery from March 6 – 15, there’s an Exhibition of Works by artists Tam Giles and Jane Higginbottom. Both are responding to the fundamental forces of nature.
Tam Giles shows work based on those processes that involve time and change – especially the ebbing and flowing of tides:tam20tide201

… whereas Jane Higginbottom’s sculptures and paintings are based on the effect of changing light upon plants and trees:janehcuckmere20vale2

I only wish I could get up to London to see it.

If you have an interest in the field of arts and environment,  it would be great to have your comments and news here on this blog!

About throughstones

I am primarily a visual artist, living on the North Devon coast, a beautiful semi-rural area in South West England. I am interested in full engagement with 'place' and the eternal movement of life - particularly as it relates to what we call 'the natural environment'.
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2 Responses to Landscape & Arts Network

  1. Sarah Firmin says:

    I think your comments are short to the point and …easy to read….. a blessing when our brains are already overcrowded with information. and time seems to be permanently on the run
    My interest in the environment is still to do with the psychology of our environmental set up so i suppose I am not really a dedicated follower of the “outdoor scene” as such . unless it grabs me by the throat and gives me a spiritual lift out of the ordinary.
    Do you think I am still a bonafida follower/member of LAN or am I a slightly off offcentre promoter
    Lots of love…. of course Sarah


    • Thansk for commenting Sarah, and sorry to be so long in replying. I had to drop this blog for one year, whilst pursuing my studies.
      Engaging with the outdoor world is very much a spiritual experience I would say: a sense of “heightened aliveness”. And the inner processes that this engagement triggers are fascinating!


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