Public Policy

Could artists do this?

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The question of what artists do is a subject of interest for ecoartscotland and we’d like to highlight two pieces of evidence.

The first is the submission to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on Energy Subsidies in the UK.  This submission has been made by PLATFORM who’s strap line is arts, activism, education and research.  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.  The public hearing was broadcast by the UK Parliament and you can watch it here.  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.  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.  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 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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CSPA Quarterly Calls for Submissions

The most recent issue of the CSPA Quarterly, which called for work related to International initiatives, is now available on  The issue includes contributions from ARTPORT, Arts In The One World, Forum for the Future, Moe Beitiks, Roberta Holden, Emily Mendelson, and Shinji Turner-Yamamoto.  Installation, public policy, photography, and theater are all represented in Issue Five.

Submissions are now being accepted for issues seven and eight.  Topics for these issues are Art and Agriculture and Nature vs. Nurture.  The sixth issue, to be released in June, will feature projects that make the invisible visible.

Art & Agriculture

Our livelihood depends on both, yet both seem to be endangered in the non-commercial realm.  What happens when art and agriculture collide?  This issue will feature projects that are related to today’s agriculture and will explore the connection between the two.

Art & Agriculture Deadline for Submission:  June 1, 2011

Nature vs. Nurture

For this issue, we are interested projects and stories that match nature to nurture, art to science, human to machine.  What defines nature in urban environments, and what is our natural relationship to it?  What is happening to our sense of cultural sustainability in a digital age?  Are societies impacted more by art or science?  And, how are natural and synthetic environments interchangeable?

Nature vs. Nurture Deadline for Submission:  July 1, 2011.


The CSPA Quarterly explores sustainable arts practices in all genres, and views sustainability in the arts through environmentalism, economic stability, and cultural infrastructure.  The periodical provides a formal terrain for discussion, and seeks to elevate diverse points of view.


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