The Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities was involved in Creative Coast 2012, which supported arts projects inspired by scientific research and responding to the Jurassic Coast.

Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities

The role of artistic and cultural representation in generating and stimulating ideas around nature and the environment is being investigated by the Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities (CEAH).

The Centre, which seeks to understand contemporary environmental conditions by considering the historical past, was launched this week with a public lecture titled Creatures of heritage: enshrining animals as national and global treasures.

The launch event is part of the Centre’s annual September symposium, which provides a forum for the emerging community of environmental arts and humanities researchers in the UK and internationally.

The Centre is interested in engaging, collaborating and networking with a range of enterprises, organisations and creative practitioners with businesses in Cornwall.

Alex Huke, Knowledge Exchange Manager for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University, is helping facilitate this process.

He said: “Researchers can help organisations and businesses explore the way our cultural and artistic relationships with the environment impact, influence and inform our behaviours as individuals and communities.”

Alex added: “Our collective and individual interactions with the environment are influenced scientific, legal, social and cultural norms. Better understanding these interactions, and the role cultural and artistic values play in this mix, is important in overcoming barriers to the adoption of pro-environmental behaviours and finding new, creative, solutions to the future environmental challenges we face.”

The Centre’s academics work with doctoral students on a range of projects in Cornwall and the South West to investigate concepts and practices around issues of art, landscape, history and environment.

The Centre has also been involved in several public engagement activities, including Creative Coast 2012, which brought together and supported a range of arts projects inspired by scientific research and responding to the Jurassic Coast.

The Centre also produces a book series in partnership with UniformBooks, which explores the link between environmental issues, human culture and the historical past.

Another book, edited by Centre co-director Caitlin DeSilvey, titled Anticipatory History, investigates cultural and historical perspectives on environmental change.

If you are an external individual, organisation, business or partner and interested in collaborating or being involved with CEAH please email Alex Huke or phone 01326 255844.