Artful Ecologies 2
Art, Nature & Environment Conference 2008
9 - 12 July, University College Falmouth

      Artful Ecologies 2

The second Art, Nature & Environment conference organised and hosted by the RANE research cluster at University College Falmouth, will take place over four days in July of this year. The conference aims to bring together some of the leading members of the artistic community and the growing community of artists and researchers already engaging with RANE, to consider and discuss how artists might best address current ecological concerns.

Since the successful inaugural Artful Ecologies conference in 2006, any doubts that our planet's ecology is now in real danger have been left far behind. Many now argue that we are on the verge of a crisis that could very soon turn to catastrophe. The number of different scenarios we now face, largely of our own making, all present harsh realities and paint bleak pictures of our future. These problems include the creation of a climate that will make large regions of the earth uninhabitable and force an unprecedented loss of species to rival the planet’s previous mass extinctions. Within a generation, toxic levels of pollution and the predicted population explosion will begin to place huge demands on limited resources, with potential shortages of food and water making survival for many an impossibility. The magnitude of the task ahead is almost impossible to imagine, harder still to tackle. 

Over the course of four days we will be asking whether there is a role for art to play in facing this impending ecological crisis. If, among other things, art is to be seen as a method for making sense of the world; as a means of interpretation and communication; as a way of exploring and proposing alternatives, then is there more for art to do than simply foreground the problems? What can artists do to provide solutions and address practical concerns? With our environment in crisis, what role for art?

Speakers & Programme Schedule
There is now a full list of speakers, which includes short biographies, available to view. A provisional guide to the conference schedule is also provided. (NB:conference schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice)

National Maritime Museum   Fal Estuary Ferry   Trelissick Gardens   Trebah Gardens

Evening Events
The opening night will be held at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, and will include private viewing of the museum and a bar and buffet for delegates. As part of the conference we will also be holding special evening events at Trebah Gardens on the Thursday, and a boat trip up the Fal Estuary to Trelissick Gardens on the Friday evening. Both events will include a buffet meal and tours of the gardens for delegates.

Falmouth and the surrounding area can provide hotel, guest house or self-catering accommodation to suit a range of budgets. Details can be found by contacting the Cornwall Tourist Board at or alternatively the College's Accommodation Unit provides an up-to-date selection of approved hotels and guest houses in the area at We recommend early booking as Falmouth gets very busy in the summer.

Rail companies operate regular services to Truro from all major British cities. The service from London Paddington to Truro normally takes about four to five hours. Change at Truro for branch line services to Falmouth Town. The journey times are approximately 20 minutes between Truro and Falmouth.

If travelling by road, take the A30 from Exeter, or the A38 from Plymouth which joins the A30 at Bodmin. Leave the A30 via the A3076 to Truro where you can join the A39 to Falmouth. Then just follow the A39 into Falmouth. National Express Coaches also run daily services to Falmouth. Road maps pinpointing the location of our Woodlane campus can be downloaded here. Please note that registration at the opening night will take place at the National Maritime Museum on Falmouth's seafront and a map of the museum's location is available here.

Flights operate daily to and from Newquay in Cornwall to many UK airports. Newquay airport is approximately 20 miles from Falmouth. Exeter and Bristol airports operate international flights to Europe and beyond.

We hope to welcome people from many different backgrounds and regions to the conference, whilst also being mindful that drawing people from across the globe also adds to our part in increasing carbon emissions. With this in mind, we are asking all delegates to be mindful of the ways in which they travel to the conference and attempt to offset their journey's carbon footprint where ever possible. For delegates who wish to link up with others travelling from the same regions across Britain, please contact us so we can forward car sharing opportunities.

Prices & Booking
Details of booking rates and how to register for the conference are available here.

If you need any further information regarding the conference then please email

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