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The question of what artists do is a subject of interest for ecoartscotland and weâ€™d like to highlight two pieces of evidence.
The first is the submission to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry onÂ Energy Subsidies in the UK. Â This submission has been made by PLATFORM whoâ€™s strap line is arts, activism, education and research. Â PLATFORM understand these aspects of their practice as a collective to be integral to each other, and that artists should engage with public policy and politics. Â The public hearing was broadcast by the UK Parliament and you can watch it here. Â PLATFORM understand this to be part of the programme of a social and environmental arts organisations.
The second is the essay on biodiversity by Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, which although it includes a number of their texts/poems and references their images, is a strategic argument about biodiversity and land management. Â It offers a set of conceptual tools that they have used for conceiving of ways to build stability in biodiversity, using economic, cultural and conceptual arguments. Â The Harrisons also believe that it is the role of artists to engage with public policy and politics.
ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.
It has been established byÂ Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate withÂ On The Edge Research,Â Grayâ€™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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