The NERC led Treescapes Programme specifically articulates a requirement for Arts & Humanities involvement. The Programme Ambassadors are using #treescapes and we’d encourage practice-led researchers in the arts, curating and producing to use #arts4treescapes to discuss the programme and to highlight relevant practices and projects.
For example, as a ‘starter for 6’, the following are all significant, widely-published researchers working through practices with significant engagement with trees, woods and forests in arts, performance and literature:
Collins+Goto‘s work with the Blackwood of Rannoch:
Amy Cutler‘s Leverhulme Fellowship on trees and forests
Cathy Fitzgerald‘s work with the Hollywood Forest and promotion of continuous cover forestry policy in Eire
Dee Heddon‘s Walking Library
Amanda Thomson‘s work including A Scot’s Dictionary of Nature
In terms of the ways that cultural programming speaks to #Treescapes there are two current examples worth considering:
Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s programme Shades of Tay, undertaken in partnership with The Enchanted Forest and including including The Birch Tree Speaks by Timberlake Wartenbaker, A Man Stands in a Forest by Peter Arnott, and Beautiful Boy by Douglas Maxwell.
The Hayward Gallery’s current exhibition Among the Trees (introductory video below)
Look out for #arts4treescapes on Tw (and probably Insta too)