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Artists and scientists working together in creative programmes >>

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Invasive alien species

If we consider the term 'invasive alien species' culturally and holistically across arts and sciences together, each subject may throw greater light on the other and open up the potential for deeper and more creative communication.
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Invasive Alien Species illustration by Deepthi

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Climate Change

Climate change will have profound and largely negative impacts on biodiversity. Plants, reptiles and particularly amphibians are expected to be at highest risk. According to research published in the journal Nature Climate Change (May 2013) looked at 50,000 globally widespread and common species
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Habitat loss

Habitat loss is the single greatest cause of biodiversity loss.

Reflection in artistic media of subjects suffering habitat loss, or recording of creatures that have subsequently lost habitats, such as the hippopotamus in ancient Egypt
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Over-exploitation

Over-exploitation is caused by the over-use of certain materials that might be rare or under threat. This factor maybe stimulated by commerce, greed, taste, fashion - e.g. tropical hardwoods for garden furniture, fur from endangered species for fashion garments.
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Destruction of a forest contrasted with a hardwood deck chair

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Pollution

Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into the natural environment that causes adverse change.

Artists recording pollution phenomena and the consequences it has on the human body / the world's most polluted places.
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Projects 

Beuys' Acorns
Ackroyd & Harvey

In 2007 artists Ackroyd & Harvey gathered and germinated hundreds of acorns from Joseph Beuys's artwork 7000 Oaks.

Beuys's seminal artwork, "7000 Oaks" took place in Kassel, Germany. The 250 surviving saplings make up "Beuys' Acorns", an on-going project dedicated to nurturing the plants in tandem with a series of public conversations.

The growing trees, displayed in the Sculpture Garden, act as a catalyst for discussion about humankind's relationship with nature and growing concerns about environmental change.

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Basketry: Making Human Nature

The exhibition brought together traditional and contemporary basketry from Western Amazonia, North America, Oceania, Africa, Japan, South-East Asia and Europe. It revealed the extraordinary uses of basketry technology and consider its place in human culture. Tim Johnson —artist in residence for Basketry, talks about Weaving with species: working as an artist with plants and other natural material in diverse natural habitats. More...

Events 

ART & NATURE SUMMER SCHOOL 2015
Dates: 1 - 14 August

A lively partnership of artists and scientists, led by artists Isabella Martin and Kaitlin Ferguson, will present the popular Art and Nature Summer School for 2015, now in its fifth year.

Children will have the opportunity to explore the Sainsbury Centre galleries and the rich diversity of the UEA landscape. Using skills from art and science, children will learn about local fauna and flora and get involved with lots of hands-on art making and scientific activity.

This year’s Summer School will explore the art and science of mapping, and look at how environments of all kinds can be translated into visual maps.

On the way we will explore how maps of many different kinds can help us to understand our environment as well as learn about:

local biodiversity

habitat loss

invasive species

climate change

Working in the UEA grounds and the Sainsbury Centre, the four days of hands-on making and enquiry will culminate in an exhibition in the Education Studio.

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Art & Bio Study Day at UEA
Tuesday 4 December 2012

An Art & Bio Study Day was held at the SCVA. The aim of the Art & Bio Partnership project is to explore and develop greater understanding of the rich connections between art and biodiversity through a series of open forum discussions.

The Study Day commenced with brief presentations by participants from the likes of Mark Avery, Tom Williamson and Nick Selby to name a few. The day concluded with an informal networking session.