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Centre for Arts and Learning 
Ecologies in Practice 2021 - 2022 

Earth is a fascinating place, and there are multitudes of human and non-human cultures that all add to the beneficial diversity of our planet. Yet, as we know, our world and the cultures within it have global issues to solve, including climate change caused by man-made pollutants, to the seas, land and air. There are now many initiatives to try and counteract the effects of the ‘Anthropocene’, and its inequalities, on our cultural environments. Some of these initiatives seek to build awareness of our relationships with ecologies in historical and cultural narratives. In arts practice, the cultural politics of archived histories, and questions of how we can encourage the emergence of new creative voices, are forming vibrant debates. Recognising the intensity of current research action and creative activism, CAL intends to find out about the specificities of learning for Ecologies in Practice in 2021-22. CAL will be developing practice ecologies that resonate with changing futures, and with the processes that artist-educators, researchers and curators work with, in communicating with different audiences.   

Ecologies in Practice could be pedagogies and processes that relate to the environment, that raise awareness of our connection with the world, including creative and therapeutic projects outside institutional spaces. Ecologies can be made in cultural relations to belonging, and the decolonisation of resources in the arts. Ecologies in Practice can also be found in the networks for diaspora in the arts and learning.  Our programme of events aims to contribute to initiatives that nurture interdisciplinary practice research, enabling comparative and supportive collaboration. 

Next Event, 1st November 2021:

ArtScapers, Forest of Imagination and the Living Tree

Registration & tickets: 
For the first event in the CAL Ecologies in Practice 2021-22 research programme, a group of researchers and artists who have collaborated in dynamic ecological practice will be discussing their projects: ArtScapers, Forest of Imagination and the Living Tree. These projects raise consciousness of our connections with changes in the environment through arts practice. Taking shared values and a learner-led ethos as the starting point, the three projects Esther, Penny, Andrew and Sasha will discuss have evolved through the interconnection of practices and communities.

Recordings of Past Events

Discomfort Zones: Blue Elephant, Online Forum Theatre Workshop, 23 June 2020

Discomfort Zones: Rob Pepper, The Art of Adventure, 1 July 2020

Discomfort Zones: Raju Rage, Under/Valued Energetic Economies in Arts Pedagogy, 10 July 2020

Affective Digital Presence: Miranda Matthews and Francis Gilbert, Affective Digital Presence in Creative Practice, 3 November 2020

Affective Digital Presence: Heather Barnett and Sarah Christie, Small Acts of Being, 25 November 2020

Affective Digital Presence, Jane Prophet, Co-designing Augmented Reality Apps with Community Participants, 9 December 2020

Affective Digital Presence, Kimberley Foster, Karl Foster, Victoria Mitchell, AND/BUT, 3 February 2021

Affective Digital Presence, Paul Sutton and Max Dean, Computers and Theatre: The Interactive Story of Prospero and Participatory Drama, 26 May 2021

Curating Inclusive Digital Practice in Museums and Galleries: Teresa Cisneros, Richard Martin, Trish Scott, 30 June 2021

Affective Digital Presence, Stephanie Jeanjean and Emilie Gossiaux, In the Mind's Eye: Online Non-visual Learning and Accessibility, 14 July 2021