The Great Outdoors 2012 at CAT: Connecting artists and audiences with the outdoors in Wales

Friendly Debate

Friendly DebateWe would like to congratulate everyone that took part in The Great Outdoors 2012 last week, which was organised by Articulture Wales. CAT was glad to play host to the event and it was great to see so many passionate people working together to promote Welsh art in the outdoors. No fewer than a hundred and thirty representatives took part in what was, without a doubt, a hugely successful conference.

WISEThe event was run by Articulture Wales, a local arts organisation in Machynlleth that promotes performance and puppetry, and included inspirational talks from creative practitioners of various arts, including John Fox from Welfare State International, John McGrath from National Theatre Wales and Ali Williams from No Fit State Circus. It was Wales’ first national conference for outdoor performance and artists from all areas of the UK gathered to discuss their ideas. Open discussion was encouraged in order to generate ambitious new outdoor performance projects. Everyone who attended had plenty to contribute and it showed in the debate that followed. There were also fantastic workshops and the day finished with an informal series of conversations between the delegates. It was great to see so much creativity in such an inspirational setting.

The BarEarlier this year CAT hosted the Emergence Summit, a major arts and sustainability event exploring how artists and scientists can work together to co-create the future. Part of the event was a five-day Land Journey across Wales, engaging participants with the outdoors and the beautiful, natural landscape of the Dyfi Valley. Although Emergence held a strong sustainability agenda, the Great Outdoors focused primarily on performance in the outdoors. However at CAT we feel that outdoor performance in itself engenders greater respect, awareness and care for the environment as it engages artists and the audience with landscapes and the environment. We believe that the arts and science can realise a shared goal of creating a more ecologically sound future rich with creative expression. This event was no exception. We are certain that everyone involved went away brimming with bold new ideas. CAT certainly did!

ConversationIf you have a project and are interested in exploring themes of sustainability and renewable energy in partnership with CAT, please get in touch with us: rosie.strickland@cat.org.uk

 

Thursday podcast: interview with Mair Hughes and Bridget Kennedy, artists in residence

Bridget Kennedy and Mair Hughes are CAT’s first artists in residence. This week, their exhibition Scientific Stranger is on in the WISE lecture theatre. Part of Powys Art Month, their project Utopian Realism has seen them research ecology, geology, phrenology, futurology, and the legacy of communitarian and founder of the co-operative movement Robert Owen.

In this interview, they discuss what they’ve found interesting about CAT, and what has been inspirational about working and exhibiting here. They also talk about the themes they have been exploring in their work and the role of artists in the environmental movement.

For more information about the artists, their work and their project, check out their blog.

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