Today the Endangered Landscapes Programme announces the launch of the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize. This is part of an exciting new collaboration with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Arts, Science and Conservation Programme (ASCP). Artists from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Wales are invited to take part in the project.
ASCP develops pioneering interdisciplinary art actions that respond to the biodiversity and climate crisis. In particular, the programme explores how collaborations between artists and scientists have the ability to transform the way we undertake and portray conservation.
The arts play a pivotal role in addressing environmental challenges and provide a compelling route into understanding how people are connected to the landscape. Place-based practice in particular can often articulate connections to a landscape in entirely new ways. Both the ELP and the ASCP are keen to encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary arts practice that celebrates these landscapes and communities, and that reveal the hopes, ambitions and opportunities that come with landscape restoration.
Artists are invited to be in residence in ELP’s eight implementation landscape restoration projects throughout Europe and beyond, including Danube Delta project. Expressions of Interest open on the 7th January 2021 for one month. The opportunity is open to artists with strong links to the landscapes in the following countries: Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Wales.
Artists will be selected through a competitive two-stage process, judged against the stated criteria by the residency project team, project teams in each landscape and an external panel. Residencies will be accompanied by awards between $3,150 and $5,400 and will begin in June 2021. We look forward to receiving proposals from a wide range of artistic practice.
You can find out all about our plans for artist residencies in our eight landscape restoration projects, the external judging panel and exactly how to apply on the project page: https://www.endangeredlandscapes.org/landscape-residencies
Danube Delta restoration project
The project “Restoring the Danube Delta, Europe’s largest wetland” funded by a grant from the Endangered Landscapes Programme is the delta’s largest transboundary restoration project to date. The project involves the recovery of natural landscapes, their ecological processes (such as natural grazing) and associated flora and fauna across at least 40,000 hectares (400 square kilometers) of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. The project is implemented by Rewilding Europe and local partners: Rewilding Ukraine, Rewilding Danube Delta and Verde e Moldova. You can learn more about the project and rewilding activities in the area here: rewilding-danube-delta.com