As the Mosses and Marshes project unfolds, dates and details for public events, walks and talks, and exhibitions in both the UK and Australia will appear on this page. A number of events are scheduled as listed below.
If you take part in any of the Mosses and Marshes activities as visitor to the wetland sites or exhibitions, workshop participant, artist or project partner, we would love to hear your thoughts. Your feedback will really help us to document the impact of the project and improve future events. Please click below to complete the short survey questionnaire. Many thanks for you time!
An Art Trail featuring sculptures and sounds of the Mosses and Marshes will be launched at Fenn’s and Whixall Moss on Saturday 3rd July 2021, and will be available until the end of October 2021. You are invited to visit the Art Trail and meet the artists involved 11am to 3pm Sat 3rd. For full details and how to access the Art Trail.
The soundscapes were edited by Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith and feature sound recordings of wildlife, water and trees, poetry, history and memories of life on and around the peatbog.
The sculptures were created by artists, Elizabeth Turner and Keith Ashford. Read more.
September 2021- Wem Town Hall exhibition
An exhibition of:
- artworks by Wem Youth Club with artists Kate Johnston and Sue Challis,
- artworks by Andrew Howe/Kim V. Goldsmith ,
- displays by Shropshire Wildlife Trust
October 2021 – Qube Gallery, Oswestry
An exhibition of works by Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith, 1st to 31st October. Further details to follow.
Other UK plans for 2021
During May/June, members of Wem Youth Club visited Whixall Moss for a range of fun, exploratory and creative activities and then making a collaborative artwork for display at a number of local venues. This part of the project is led by artists Kate Johnston and Sue Challis, working in partnership with Andrew Howe and Anna Martin of Shropshire Wildlife Trust. We are also working with MediaActive Projects to document the creation of the artwork in a short video.
A publication about the Mosses and Marshes project is scheduled to be released before the Qube exhibition.
Early half of 2022
Australian exhibitions and public programming continues. Exhibition venues in Coonamble, NSW and Canberra to be announced.
The Future of Wetlands webinar, 25th March 2021
An event hosted online by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). Andrew Howe presented a talk about the Mosses and Marshes project and arts and science collaborations. Robert Duff, project manager for Natural England gave a talk about the BogLIFE peatbog regeneration project and there followed a Q&A discussion chaired by Dave Pritchard, chair of CIWEM’s Art and Environment Network and chair of the Ramsar Culture Network
You can watch a recording of the webinar here:
Feb 2nd 2021 – World Wetlands Day
A joint launch of the project in Australia (via ecopulse.art) and UK on this website and social media with a promo video and a taster video of the collaborative artwork being created by Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith.
In the Media
The project has already featured in radio broadcasts on BBC Radio Shropshire and in New South Wales, Australia, and in local press. The project is attracting attention from environmental practitioners and related organisations.
We were delighted to be invited to contribute an article in the February 2021 edition of The Environment, the magazine for the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Read it via the link below:
The project also featured in the April 2021 edition of The Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine “The Garden”, alongside an informative article about using peat-free compost.