What Has To Be Done brings together a group of individuals from a wide range of disciplines, professions and organisations with a clear commitment to strategically profile a concern for our environment in relation to arts education curriculum and policy.
Its starting point is a journey around the Western Isles of Scotland on the tall ship the Lady of Avenel in Summer 2013. The expedition will provide the basis for dialogue and exchange that will lead to a strong network of interest and commitment to embedding environmental issues in the various teaching, learning and professional environments of those participants involved. An expedition also provides a unique opportunity for promoting a cross disciplinary dialogue and for exploring individual creative interests in a most stunning and inspiring part of the world on an equally inspiring vessel The Lady of Avenel.
The project builds on the work done by organisations such as Cape Farewell and references previous expeditions such as the Edinburgh Arts voyage on The Marques in 1980 on a similar route, and the individual initiatives, academic programmes and research activities of those participants on the trip. What Has To Be Done will explore ways that various disciplines and higher education institutions involved can address the changing environment, arguably one of the most pressing issues of our time.
The Demarco European Art Foundation (http://www.richarddemarco.org), the originator of Edinburgh Arts is a key partner in this venture along with Cape Farewell (www.capefarewell.com) an artist run organisation with considerable experience in raising the profile of climate change through expeditions to the High Arctic Region and more recently in the Scottish islands. Cape Farewell has and continues to pioneer a cultural response to climate change.
A key aspect of the voyage will question the ‘role of the artist’ in relation to addressing environmental concerns. The title and name of the voyage, “What has to be done?” refers back specifically to the question What is to be done? posed by the German artist Joseph Beuys in 1980, with regard to how he saw the relationship between nuclear power and alternative technology. Beuys, through the radical and visionary work of Edinburgh Arts, embarked on and led a similar voyage with artists on the tall ship The Marques.
Visit the Ships (b)log to see posts from the expedition and as projects develop after the expedition we will highlight them on the Projects pages of the site.