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Steep Trail Conference – Collaboration : Improving the Model
12 June 2013
Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AA
The event is free but places must be booked. To book your place email email@example.com or call Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop on 0131 551 4490.
The nature of collaboration, particularly cross-disciplinary, is examined with a view to asking how current models of collaboration function, and ways in which they could be improved.
This day-long conference is being organised as part of Steep Trail, an international project set up by Polarcap, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, to explore the legacy of John Muir and his continuing relevance to current environmental and cultural debate in the 21st century with a keynote speech by Dr Iain Biggs of the University of the West of England and chaired by Ben Twist of Creative Carbon Scotland.
The project has developed through several strands, art/eco labs were established along the East coast of Scotland which brought together artists, scientists and environmental activists to follow John Muir’s example of physical and intellectual exploration through walking and talking. Participants met over two days to discuss their work within the contexts of climate change, public dissemination and social impact. Talks about the project have allowed other organisations within and outside of Scotland to use this model, and artist exchanges and exhibitions set up between China and Scotland in 2012 have widened the context of the discussion.
Using themes identified from these activities, the conference seeks to bring together strands of shared concerns between artists, scientists and writers including conservation, sustainability, climate change and the role of contemporary art in helping to foster effective dialogues.
Ben Twist (Chair): Carbon and Arts Management Consultant, Creative Carbon Scotland
Dr Iain Biggs: Director PLaCE, University of the West of England
Prof David Munro: Historical geographer, author of ‘Scotland: An Encyclopedia of Places and Landscape’
Mary Modeen, artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine art and Art and Philosophy at the University of Dundee. Convener PLaCE, Scotland
Claudia Zeiske, Director Deveron Arts,
Rania Ho, artist in Beijing, Co-founder of Arrow Factory, Partner at Kupa Studios, Steep Trail exchange artist to Scotland
Graeme Todd, artist, co-founder of Polarcap and Steep Trail exchange artist to China
Dr Alexandra Wortley, Royal Botanic Gardens and Hamer Dodds, artist, cross disciplinary practitioners
Chris Fremantle, producer, researcher, writer cultural historian,
Supported by Steep Trail Project, University of Edinburgh: Knowledge Exchange, East Lothian Arts Services: ELC and Creative Scotland
How to get there:
Lothian Buses (26, 44) 30-40 mins from outside Waverley Station Edinburgh.
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It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge Research, Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.
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