Events in 2022
Wetlands, Gateway Gallery, Shrewsbury – September 2nd to 29th 2022
An exhibition presenting the unique peatlands of Shropshire with photography, artworks and installation featuring work by Andrew Howe, soundscapes of Kim V. Goldsmith, peat-surface-sky artworks and information produced in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England. At the opening event, we were delighted to welcome Terry Korn (former executive director of New South Wales National Parks service and natural resource management specialist) who gave a short talk about the Macquarie Marshes | Maliyanga Ngurra and made the first in person connection between the Mosses and Marshes.
Unherd! Walking the Land
In May 2022, a group of artists and writers began to gather together for Unherd! Walking the Land events to explore themes of land ownership/access, climate change, community resilience, rewilding, growing, justice and indigenous culture through walks, creative activities, mapping, discussion and research in the landscape around the Marches Mosses and Rural Art Hub. This is an inclusive group enabling artists to follow their individual artist practices or to find ways to collaborate. We are working together to develop longer term plans for a funded project involving the local community, creating both audiences and activists, raising awareness and much-needed hope of arriving at a collective manifesto.
Each event has a different theme with walking and or creative activities devised and led by one or more artists. All are welcome to join the events.
For more information see here or email Andrew at email@example.com
The next event is scheduled for Spring 2023
Events in Australia
During the early part of 2022, attention focused on Australian exhibitions and public programming with events at:
Outback Arts Gallery, Coonamble, NSW – 9th May to 3rd June 2022
The exhibition at Outback Arts featuring video, soundscapes and 2D/3D work by Kim V. Goldsmith (AUS) and Andrew Howe from our collaborative Mosses and Marshes project moved into Wayilwan country close to Maliyanga Ngurra / Macquarie Marshes. Included new work Whixall Bibles and Bog Sequence using botanical inks, acrylic transfers and rust prints
M16 Artspace, Canberra 15th April to 1st May 2022
An exhibition featuring video, soundscapes and 2D/3D work by Kim V. Goldsmith (AUS) and myself from our collaborative Mosses and Marshes project. Includes my new work Whixall Bibles and Bog Sequence using botanical inks, acrylic transfers and rust prints
See gallery website for further details
Watch a video of Terry Korn opening the M16 Artspace exhibition:
Watch out for further details for these and other events in both the UK and Australia.
2021 was very busy for the Mosses and Marshes project with an exciting schedule of public events, walks and talks, and exhibitions including:
- Mosses and Marshes exhibition of work by Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith at Qube Oswestry (1st – 30th October)
- peat – surface – sky: an exhibition by Wem Youth Club featuring three 7m long banners and other artworks, including prints by Andrew Howe and works by Sue Challis (15th Sept to 30th October)
- An exhibition at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury bringing together the Mosses and Marshes work of Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith and the peat-surface-sky work of Wem Youth Club with Kate Johnston, Sue Challis, Andrew Howe and Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Supported by Shropshire Council
- Art Trail of sounds and sculpture at the Marches Mosses to end October
- Wem Sound Trail of the Mosses
- Mosses and Marshes project book launch (October)
- Artist talk – a conversation between Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith (14th October)
- International online panel discussion “Alternative ways of understanding and valuing special environments to help shape their future”
Visit the Art Works pages to read about these activities or click on the individual links above.
We’d love to hear from you!
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!
Other Past Events
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.
Climate Cultures published a post in which Kim V. Goldsmith and Andrew Howe share their story about the collaborative Mosses and Marshes project, which investigates connections between fragile wetlands and their communities in England and Australia, seeking new interpretations, multiple perspectives and less-heard voices.
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.