The Reading Landscape Research Group was initiated in June 2014 by Susan Brind (Reader in Contemporary Art: Practice & Events, Department of Sculpture & Enviromental Art) and Nicky Bird (Reader in Contemporary Photographic Practice, School of Fine Art). The research group, based in GSA’s School of Fine Art (SoFA), provides a context for Fine Art practice and other cross disciplinary research interests through a programme of research seminars, and knowledge exchange in addition to practice-led research projects.
The Group’s aims are to:
- Enable the opportunity for critical discourse around the overarching theme of ‘Reading Landscape’ and its relationship to Fine Art;
- Extend debate beyond the confines of the Group to other Schools within GSA;
- Participate in critical discourse with practitioners and academics from disciplines beyond Art, Design & Architecture;
- Engage with discourse nationally and internationally;
- Nurture possible partnerships and inter-disciplinary collaborations;
- Make public their research to local, national and international audiences through talks, research visits, exhibitions, seminars, conferences and publications.
‘Reading Landscape’ Research Themes
- People and Place
- Landscape and Embodiment
- Landscape, History and Transformation (including Preservation and Heritage)
- Wild spaces (including Forests, the North)
- Journeying as Fieldwork
- Contentious / Coded Landscapes (including Conservation and Ecology)