Wild Longings

Leslie Hill (Artist), Claudia Barton (Composer), Helen Paris (Artist)

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Abstract

Wild Longings is a performance project that seeks to educate members of the public about human-caused environmental change to plant diversity in a way that is engaging and that ultimately encourages human behaviour changes. The project culminated in the composition of a site-specific participatory performance for public garden and woodland environments, the publication of an album (also called Wild Longings) and the development of an arts workshop (UpRoot). The piece toured to three festivals in 2019 (Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Knotty Festival, Hastings and 2 Degrees Festival, London) before covid-19 necessitated cancelling live performances. The album is available on iTunes and Amazon music (see link). Publications on the work are available (see link) or in press (see attachment). 

 

Wild Longings was funded (£50K) by a Woods Institute for Environmental Research ‘Venture Award’ an award specifically for work that is deemed will have impact and evidence direct quantifiable change and an ACE 2019 touring award (£24K) as well as funding from local festivals and the City of London as well as artist residencies.

 

This project can be linked to Hill’s ongoing collaboration with Environmental sciences (2 films for Channel 4, Darwin Centenary National History Museum, previous practice-as-research output Out of Water won a sustainable practice award). Hill and her company Curious have been produced for many years by the organisation ArtsAdmin, which has significant experience reaching audiences, and supporting and evidencing social engagement, particularly around climate change and environmental activism. As part of the project, Hill collaborated with Dr Sue Rhee, director of the Plant Biology department Carnegie Institution for Science and a leader in emerging fields such as genome annotation, biocuration, bioinformatics, and systems biology.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNorfolk & Norwich Festival, Knotty Festival, Hastings and 2 Degrees Festival, London
Publication statusPublished - 2019
  • Wild Longings

    Leslie Hill (Organiser)

    20 Mar 2019

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic speaking engagements

  • UpRoot

    Leslie Hill (Organiser)

    4 May 20195 May 2019

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic speaking engagements

  • Wild Longings

    Leslie Hill (Organiser)

    10 May 201913 May 2019

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic speaking engagements

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