Organised by the AALERT 4DM project this workshop will consider arts-based research related to landscapes and the environment, and discuss barriers and opportunities for further integrating these approaches into decision making.
Providing opportunities for discussion and constructive dialogues between diverse disciplinary perspectives and professional practices. It will bring artists (practitioners and researchers) into conversation with other academics and stakeholders (including land managers, policymakers and natural and social scientists) to critically reflect on emerging interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary examples involving arts research from the UK and abroad.
The workshop will also be used to help set the agenda for AALERT 4DM regional case studies planned for later in the year.
During March LDP project Tipping Points and their partners Northern Heartlands have been holding a virtual conversation between farmers, conservationists, researchers and artists. Prompted by the idea of meeting in the messy middle, and a desire to promote discussion that was the opposite of the arguments and pile-ons that so often fill social media, Love and Soil has been a space to be thoughtful, connect and find shared meanings.
Open by registration on a password protected website the Love and Soil conversation has provided a troll free space where participants are actively sharing opinions in a positive way, engaging in discussion and developing understanding about, and respect for each other.
Love and Soil began with writer Amy-Jane Beer’s plea for farmers and environmentalists to ‘hold hands’ a bit more and bring together people who recognise that we are all on the same side.
The conversation will come to a close on 28th March, but that won’t be the end of Love and Soil – after the conversation closes the Tipping Points team will work with a film producer to curate a thirty-minute film of the ‘slow conversation’, giving a flavour of the discussion that will be available to view online so that a wider audience can get involved, opening up further opportunities for discussion.
In this era of polarisation when it feels even more important to find more positive ways to connect with each other digitally, the Tipping Points team and Northern Heartlands hope that the ‘Slow Conversation’ has provided that opportunity.
General overview to event scope and structure by AALERT
SESSION 1: UNDERSTANDING DECISION MAKING
Short talks by a number of participating projects
To outline their practices and explain how they understand decision making in the context of their project. Open discussion – speakers to respond to each other and take questions posted in the chat
AFTERNOON SESSION2.00 – 3.30 pm
Stimuli presentation on barriers and opportunities in influencing Decision Making – by member of the LDCT – TBC
SESSION 2: INFLUENCING DECISON MAKING
General discussion to reflect on issues raised in the morning session and explore:
How do we believe creative approaches can influence decision making?
We hope that the discussions will lead to a written output that will complement the writing themes that emerged from the Landscape Decisions discussion events in July on the general theme of “Principles for participatory landscape decision making, the role of creativity, and best practice for interacting with landscape stakeholders”
List of Participating Projects
AALERT 4DM – Arts and Artists fro Decision Making
Changing landscapes, changing lives: how can narrative and biographical perspectives improve landscape decision making?
Connecting disadvantaged young people with landscape through arts
Creative landscape futures: making decisions with the arts and humanities
Decommissioning the Twentieth Century:
Design Innovation and Land-Assets: Towards New Thinking & Communities
Energy Landscapes, Heritage and Community
HydroSpheres: co-design for landscape decision-making
Imagining the measure of change: art, science and the estuary community
Landscape Futures and the Challenge of Change: Towards Integrated Cultural/Natural Heritage Decision Making
Landscapes of the Mind
Multisensory multispecies storytelling to engage disadvantaged groups in changing landscape
TREESCAPES – Making visible the cultural values at risk from tree pests and diseases through arts approaches.
Unlocking Landscapes: History, Culture and Sensory Diversity in Landscape Use and Decision Making
Tipping Points: Cultural Responses to Wilding and Land Sharing in the North of England