Creative Landscapes is a series of free live online events and podcasts to explore and celebrate creative collaboration between artists, producers and land managers both in Wales and across borders, and the mutually beneficial and inspiring work in the outdoors that fruitful collaboration can create.
Innovation, empathy, and inclusion are needed to rise to the challenges of the future. Join in as we share perspectives and explore what is possible when we work together, both here in Wales, and linking across the globe.
Taking place as part of the Wye Valley River Festival re-imagined online in 2020 and the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s ‘Landscapes for Life’ week, Creative Landscapes is curated by Articulture, in collaboration with the Festival team.
The Wye Valley River Festival is a celebration and until recently an invitation to explore and encounter spectacular happenings – often for free- that brings the Wye Valley alive. In 2020 the team has shown great resilience and adapted to bring you an on line festival and Creative Landscapes is part of that offer. It is supported by Wye Valley AONB, Visit Wales, Welsh Government, and the Arts Council of Wales.
Image – WVRF Llandogo – Credit – Paul Blakemore
Articulture is an organisation dedicated to the development of arts in public space in Wales, working with audiences, artists, producers, venues, land managers, local authorities and Business Improvement Districts. They have been key collaborators of the Wye Valley River Festival since the inception of the Festival in 2014.
articulture-wales.co.uk, @Articulture_, facebook.com/ArticultureWales
Live Online Events
The story of the Wye Valley River Festival
Join us for this live online event on Wednesday 25th September at 8pm
A treasure trove of anecdotes and insights into the story of the festival over the last six years – from its birth through to the present day. Wye-based actor and comedian Miles Jupp (whose work includes Radio 4’s The News Quiz) talks to Sarah Sawyer, Wye Valley AONB and Phill Haynes and Jon Beedell, Festival Creative Producers, charting the highlights and challenges of an ambitious collaboration that keeps evolving and growing, opening up land and culture to all.
A recording will also be available shortly after the event. Access – Captioning available in English and Welsh.
Image – WRVF Collection
Creative landscapes – Future Generations
Join us live online on Friday 24th September 11am – 12noon
Wales is the only country in the world where the wellbeing of future generations is government policy with the ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations Act’. In many ways the Wye Valley River Festival’s ambitions resonate with the goals of this ground-breaking policy, from creating cohesive communities and a vibrant Welsh culture, to creating a more equal and globally responsible Wales.
Rosie Strang, Co-Director of Articulture talks to Phil George, Chair of Arts Council of Wales, and Clare Pillman, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales and Board member of National Theatre Wales, about how cross sector collaborations between culture and environment here in Wales and across borders can help us meet our current challenges of inequality, pandemic and climate emergency, to take care of our future generations.
A recording will also be available shortly after the event. Captioning – available in English and Welsh
Image – Articulture Gathering – Credit Giles Bennet
Creative Landscapes – Collaboration
Join us live online on Friday 24th September 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Join Lisa Heledd-Jones of StoryWorks and some of the artists, producers, and land managers from the Creative Landscapes podcast series (insert live link to podcasts) in live conversation to reflect together on working collaboratively both now and in the future.
A recording will also be available shortly after the event. Captioning will be available in English and Welsh
Image – Rocket Ship Blaenavon. Credit Tin Shed Theatre
Open space for new outdoor arts projects
Join us live online Friday 24th September 3pm – 4.30pm
Do you have a creative idea for a new project outdoors? Are you a land manager looking to develop new projects or events? Articulture is an organisation dedicated to developing outdoor arts in Wales and invites creatives and land managers from Wales, England and beyond who are interested in working in this way to drop in to an informal open space with a cup of tea to bounce around ideas, ambitions and questions.
Book – Free registration in advance, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Participants will need a reliable internet connection and Zoom to take part.
Access – Please do contact us to discuss any access requirements you have in advance, so we can provide facilities for you to take part. Articulture warmly welcome people from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities including Black, Asian and minority ethnic/POC, refugee, D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, working class and/or LGBTQI+ to this space.
Image – Articulture Gathering – Credit Keith Morris
Creative landscapes – Collaborations
Podcasts Available from Monday 21st September
Listen to the inspiring and thought-provoking stories exploring creative collaboration between artists, producers and land managers both in Wales and across borders. Six short podcasts take us on a journey across diverse ideas, locations, communities and challenges, rooted in Wales and connecting across the globe. Guests include Cadw, Natural Resources Wales, Krystal Lowe, Migrations, and Marc Rees. Produced by Lisa Heledd-Jones of StoryWorks.
Listen – Listen to podcast collection here (insert link to podcast platform) Access – Written transcripts available in English (TBC)
Krystal Lowe, Freelance Dancer, Choreographer, Writer
Matthew Gough, Educator, Choreographer, Performer, Dramaturg
Dr Ffion Reynolds, Heritage & Arts Manager, Cadw / Historic Environment Service
cadw.gov.wales, @caws_llyffant, facebook.com/CadwWales
Georgina Harris, Director, Tin Shed Theatre
tinshedtheatrecompany.com, @TinShedTheatre, facebook.com/TinShedTheatreCo
Marc Rees, Creator and Curator
marcrees.com, @mrmarcrees, facebook.com/marc.rees1
David Gough, Freelance Artist, Cultural Practitioner, Educator, and Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Services
Alison Neighbour, Scenographer, Performance Design, Installation Artist
alisonneighbourdesign.com, @ali_neighbour, facebook.com/alison.neighbour.1
Gavin Jones, Community Engagement Officer, Living Levels Partnership C/O Natural Resources Wales
livinglevels.org.uk, @ourlivinglevels, facebook.com/ourlivinglevels
Image – The (Future) Wales Coast Path – Credit Alison Neighbour
Karine Décorne, Freelance Curator and Creative Producer, and Artistic Director, Migrations
migrations.uk, @MigrationsHQ, facebook.com/MigrationsCymru
Carolyn Robertson, Project Manager, Cairngorms Capercaillie Project, Cairngorms National Park
Image – In the Eyes of the Animal – Luca Marziale
Joseph Roberts, Lead Specialist Advisor: Recreation and Access, Natural Resources Wales
naturalresources.wales, @NatResWales, facebook.com/NatResWales
Simon Coates, Head of Cultural Services, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
taliesinartscentre.co.uk, @TaliesinSwansea, facebook.com/taliesinfanpage