Hello, any update in April 2020 is shrouded in uncertainty – with Walking Forest delayed until Autumn or possibly 2021 and other Spring/Summer live events cancelled for now. What I can share is that I had a great evening back in Feb with Prof. Tim Lenton speaking at the Brancombe Project Tim introduced the latest climate science and his particular specialism tipping points and then handed over to me by talking about Gaia and James Lovelock’s work and then I talked about my different creative responses to the climate and ecological crisis as well as giving the audience some time to explore their own responses more intimately in pairs. We then had a good amount of time for questions which we answered together. Though I’m not a big fan of this traditional format for talks I think it worked pretty well and we both hope to do something similar again. I’ve been invited to take part in Artist Voices for A Space Arts in Southampton speaking about art in the public realm. This will be a digital sharing available in June/July. An interview between myself and Tom Powell, earth system scientist and collaborator is now available in Culture, Community & Climate – conversations and emergent praxis edited by Richard Povall and published by art.earth. We will be launching the Tidelines website in the next few weeks – there will be a number of ways people can start contributing creatively. I also wanted to flag up the closing of Encounters Arts in May after 17 years of creating original socially engaged art work with integrity. I have been lucky enough to have been a creative associate with Encounters for 11 years and it has been a wellspring for my artistic development and collaborative practice. Fortunately, I will be able to keep working with Ruth Ben-Tovim and other Encounters associates on Walking Forest, a project which was hatched through an Encounters’ creative lab.
What is keeping me together right now is taking part in a 100 verse Twenga with long term collaborator and poet Little Onion/Paul Conneally and hosted by Eastside Projects. I love this form of collaborative writing.