We are delighted to announce that TAIR Collective, comprising of artists Manon Awst, Beth Celyn and Judith Musker Turner, have been selected as artists in residence for Summit to Sea as part of the Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies programme.
The Endangered Landscapes Artist Residencies and Arts Prize is a new collaboration between two programmes at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative: the Arts, Science and Conservation Programme and the Endangered Landscapes Programme.
The residencies aim to encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary arts practice that celebrates the landscapes and communities supported by the ELP and that reveal the hopes, ambitions and opportunities that come with landscape restoration. The residency at Summit to Sea is one of eight residencies, which are based in the ELP’s landscapes across the world.The selection panel comprised of Heather Ackroyd, Tundi Agardy and Karen Thomas. An additional Arts Prize will be awarded to the most exceptional artist once the residencies have been completed.
TAIR will work in close collaboration with Summit to Sea to support the project in the current exploration phase of the co-design process. They will deliver a participatory arts project which will use the arts to ensure that people and communities involved in the project feel that their voices are being heard and that their perspectives are represented.
They plan to create a multimedia artwork using materials collected by and with communities, gathering stories and testimonies along the way which will be developed into a multimedia performance piece to be toured within the project area.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this prestigious residency and for the opportunity to work with Summit to Sea. We are passionate about the ability of the arts to connect and inspire people, and believe they have a key role to play in tackling the challenges facing our environment. We are looking forward to working with local communities to ensure that they feel heard, represented and empowered through Summit to Sea’s co-design process.”
TAIR is a new collective, although the artists have worked together previously on other projects, including as part of the female poetry collective, Cywion Cranogwen. Together, their work spans visual art, poetry, music, textile, film and performance. Manon Awst explores sites through installations, films and performances. Beth Celyn is a singer-songwriter and poet from Denbigh based in Caernarfon. Judith Musker Turner is a poet and textile artist from Ceredigion, now based in Derwenlas.
The artists will be hosting two initial drop-in sessions on Sunday 22 August 5.30pm-8pm at Caffi Alys, Machynlleth, and on Monday 23 August 11am-2pm, at Aber Food Surplus, Aberystwyth.