Respond! , as I have mentioned before, is one of the current projects of the RSA Arts and Ecology programme. It is an online project which, among other things, is designed for the United Nation’s Environmental Programme World Environment Day on June 5th.
The Respond! team are taking a snapshot of all the arts and ecology activity happening in the UK throughout the month of June, and have asked people to notify them of their events so they can be listed and published. The response has been phenomenal.
Here are just a few of the many inspiring events listed that took my fancy. But best click on to the Respond! site itself, to get the full picture, and fill the heart with its optimism and energy.
Poetry for adults and children:
Ecopoetics on Haldon
Haldon Forest Park
Ecopoetics is the study of the ways that creative writing can address ecological issues. Historically associated with Romantic and pastoral poetry, this investigation now extends further into new realms such as urban environments and digital technologies.
Featuring work by 15 poets, including Sean Bonney, Allen Fisher, Cynthia Hogue, Redell Olsen, Maggie O’Sullivan and Alice Oswald .
Skylines is curated by Devon-based poet, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett .
Heaven and Earth
London SW1P 4RG
3 June – 6 September 2009
This major exhibition is Richard Long’s first survey in London for eighteen years and is a unique opportunity to understand afresh the artist’sradical rethinking of the relationship between art and landscape.
Richard Long remains one of my earliest and strongest influences, and I will make a special effort to get up to London to see this exhibition. It will almost make up for having to miss a wonderful exhibition of Thomas Joshua Cooper’s landscape photographs on this month. He is another early hero. I have a feeling you might be reading more about both of them on these pages soon!
Hard Rain | Swansea
Outside National Waterfront Museum
Swansea SA1 3RD
From June 5
Hard Rain combines the astounding images of award-winning photographer Mark Edwards with the poetic lyrics of the legendary Bob Dylan, to explore the impacts of climate change, global poverty and wildlife extinction in a startling and original way.
Mark Edwards is one of the most widely published photographers in the world and the first to specialise in environmental issues, for which he has won awards from the UN and the Royal Geographic Society.
Accompanying Hard Rain will be a brand new photographic exhibition – Vital Signs Swansea – which features local activities and projects that contribute to sustainability. Vital Signs is a new development in the Hard Rain Project and Swansea is the first place in the world to participate. Welsh photographer David Woodfall was specially commissioned to produce a set of images to show how local people are responding positively to the global challenges presented in Hard Rain.
A programme of public events and workshops for schools and community groups will take place in support of the exhibitions starting with a family fun day on Saturday June 6 from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
Presented by Swansea Environmental Forum and Vital Signs Swansea
Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009
Jun 19 – Oct 18 2009
Barbican Centre, Dalston Mill and RSA
The RSA Arts & Ecology Centre collaborates in creating the events and commissions for the Radical Nature exhibition. Starting with a key event at the RSA, over 50 events will take place at the Barbican gallery between June and October.
The beauty and wonder of nature have provided inspiration for artists and architects for centuries. Since the 1960s, the increasingly evident degradation of the natural world and the effects of climate change have brought a new urgency to their responses. Radical Nature is the first exhibition to bring together key figures across different generations who have created utopian works and inspiring solutions for our ever-changing planet.
Radical Nature draws on ideas that have emerged out of Land Art, environmental activism, experimental architecture and utopianism. The exhibition is designed as one fantastical landscape, with each piece introducing into the gallery space a dramatic portion of nature.
Work by pioneering figures such as the architectural collective Ant Farm and visionary architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, artists Joseph Beuys, Agnes Denes, Hans Haacke and Robert Smithson are shown alongside pieces by a younger generation of practitioners including Heather and Ivan Morison, R&Sie (n), Philippe Rahm and Simon Starling.
Every Thursday LATE until 10pm.
Richard Buckminster Fuller, 1895 – 1983.