It is some time since I have written about the Landscape & Arts Network, of which I am a long-time member. Actually, to my surprise, it’s been over three years, during which time we have all been on many journeys and adventures, both inner and outer.
Three years ago, I explained that 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. I followed this with a few examples of the sort of projects that LAN and its members engage in.
Today the Network still flourishes, guided by the same principles. There continues to be a wealth of activities and opportunities that will interest anyone concerned with creative involvement in the landscape – whether urban or rural, local or far, far away. To get a flavour of current events, some of which are coming up very soon – take a look at their website: www.landartnet.org.
You will find news of Edible City coming up on June 16th, which explores various aspects of London and food-growing. And there is Layers of Response II, a unique opportunity to investigate and respond to the stone landscape of Nidderdale, Yorkshire. (That’s coming up on the weekend 31st August – 2nd September).
Then there is member Jeffrey Higley’s crowdfunding appeal, requesting support for a new performance collaboration Another Time. “In this collaboration, a world both ancient and mythological, yet full of contemporary concerns is brought to life through masks, music and dance”.
One thing I don’t think I mentioned in my earlier post, is the by now extensive library of informative and fascinating articles contributed by members and special guests. For many years, these were contained in a printed periodical: the Journal. Today, articles are sent by email to LAN members, before being published online at a future date. Through the years, these articles have done much to underpin and maintain the vision and aims of the Landscape & Arts Network since it was first founded by Francis Carr in 1993.
To be kept up to date and enjoy the many benefits of membership, you can join the Landscape & Arts Network free of charge from their website.
I will write occasional posts here too, though let’s hope I won’t be keeping you waiting another three years for the next one!
PS I am currently the Landscape & Arts Network representative for most of South West England. I welcome all enquiries, and will happily pass on any news relating to this part of the world.