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Conversations Before The End Of Time: Satish Kumar – Being An Earth Pilgrim

A special screening of Being An Earth Pilgrim produced by Fern Smith & Philip Ralph of Emergence

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

Fern is screening of an episode from the landmark documentary series, Being an Earth Pilgrim, that celebrates the life and work of peace activist, Satish Kumar. The message at the heart of Satish’s teaching is that individuals can and do change the world for the better. Satish’s words and teachings offer rich inspiration and guidance to help us meet the seemingly insurmountable challenges we currently face. In conversation with Jane Davidson, Satish speaks candidly and in depth about his philosophy, influences and inspirations.

Duration 1 hour, followed by a short Q&A.

Photo credit: Ruth Davey

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7/7 Conversations Before The End Of Time with guest artist Ann Shrosbree

7th in a series of 7 with guest artist Ann Shrosbree of Small World Theatre

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

We suggest a donation of £4 per person per event

Ann Shrosbree short biography

Ann Shrosbree’s early work in Wales and UK explored energy use on Planet Earth and attempted to make ecology understandable to small children.

This led to arts and development projects in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  Co-founding Small World Theatre in Cardigan in 1996 to bring important stories back home we opened Theatr Byd Bychan a beautiful, near zero carbon theatre in 2008 as a base for the company, a community arts space and to provide a local example of what is possible.

Ann uses theatre and puppetry to communicate and raise questions about the world we all share.

 

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6/7 Conversations Before The End Of Time with guest artist Ruth Jones

6th in a series of 7 with guest artist Ruth Jones of Holy Hiatus

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

We suggest a donation of £4 per person per event

www.holyhiatus.co.uk

www.emergence-uk.org

Ruth Jones short biography
Rural places are often the starting point for artist Ruth Jones to create physical or psychological spaces where threshold or liminal experiences can occur for audiences.

Her film installations and events use ritual patterns to draw the viewer into a contemplation of place, presence and the human and inhuman rhythms that influence our experiences of places we inhabit.

Ruth has exhibited widely in the UK, and internationally in Ireland, Poland, USA, Spain and Quebec. Projects include sleepers 2006, film and public art project, Cardigan; Vigil 2009, a video installation about Strumble Head lighthouse, and Chwarel 2010, a video installation exploring the disused quarries at Porthgain, Pembrokeshire.

Ruth also curates Holy Hiatus, an organisation that explores ritual, creativity and community through artists’ projects, film screenings, symposium and workshops. Most recently Holy Hiatus has been collaborating with Joon Dance to create and Gather, a series of outdoor dance workshops, happenings and films.

Other artists taking part in 7 Conversations Before The End Of Time
Sean Vicary
Debbie Rees
Jess Rees
Avi Allen
Simon Whitehead
Ann Shrosbree

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5/7 Conversations Before The End Of Time with guest artist Simon Whitehead

5th in a series of 7 with guest artist Simon Whitehead, Movement Artist

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

We suggest a donation of £4 per person per event

Simon White short biography

Simon Whitehead is a Movement Artist. Based in rural west Wales, his works respond to circumstance through movement and image and may manifest as solo actions or social choreographies, often working with the public, other artists, animals and places. He is interested in the practices of ecology. An ecology not simply about nature, but about how we exist emotionally and politically as human beings together.

photo: Louphole, Oriel Davies Newtown by Ben Stammers

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Other artists taking part in 7 Conversations Before The End Of Time
Sean Vicary
Debbie Rees
Jess Allen
Avi Allen
Ruth Jones
Ann Shrosbree

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4/7 Conversations Before The End Of Time with guest artist Avi Allen

4th in a series of 7 with guest artist Avi Allen of Capel y Graig

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

We suggest a donation of £4 per person per event

 

Avi Allen short biography

Having taken on and restored a deconsecrated Presbyterian Chapel in North Ceredigion, Avi now acts as custodian of Lle Celf Capel y Graig Art Space. Placing ecological thinking at the heart of her artistic practice, Avi aims to explore innovative curatorial processes that positively contribute towards a wider creative, social, political and environmental dialogue.

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www.emergence-uk.org

Other artists taking part in 7 Conversations Before The End Of Time
Sean Vicary
Debbie Rees
Jess Allen
Simon Whitehead
Ruth Jones
Ann Shrosbree

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3/7 Conversations Before The End Of Time with guest artist Jess Allen

3rd in a series of 7 with guest artist Jess Allen, ecological performance Maker

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

We suggest a donation of £4 per person per event

Short biography for guest artist Jess Allen

Jess Allen is an aerial dancer and walking artist from Aberystwyth. She is currently completing a (second) PhD in walking and talking in rural landscapes as an eco-activist performance practice. She uses long-distance walking to create unexpected one-to-one encounters in the everyday of rural life.

Originally a biologist, she gained her first PhD from Aberystwyth before re-training in contemporary dance, latterly at Coventry with an MA in Dance Making and Performance. She has worked as landscape officer for local government, dance lecturer (anatomy/improvisation), arts facilitator and aerial performer for Full Tilt and inclusive (disabled/non-disabled) companies Blue Eyed Soul (UK/US) and EVERYBODY dance (UK/Europe).

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Other artists taking part in 7 Conversations Before The End Of Time
Sean Vicary
Debbie Rees
Avi Allen
Simon Whitehead
Ruth Jones
Ann Shrosbree

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2/7 Conversations Before The End Of Time with guest artist Debbie Rees of Vegetable Agenda

2nd in a series of 7 with guest artist Debbie Rees of Vegetable Agenda

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

We suggest a donation of £4 per person per event

Debbie Rees short biography
Debbie is an artist grower exploring ways in which an art practice arises from a land based livelihood. Playing with the idea of ‘re-indigification’ – becoming part of a particular place. As part of the collaboration RhysReeceRees she is looking at Basic Human Needs and Neo-Peasantry and it’s inherent contradictions.

Debbie lives in Blaenffos, North Pembrokeshire.

Other artists taking part in 7 Conversations Before The End Of Time
Sean Vicary
Jess Allen
Avi Allen
Simon Whitehead
Ruth Jones
Ann Shrosbree

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1/7 Conversations Before The End Of Time with guest artist Sean Vicary

1st in a series of 7 with guest artist Sean Vicary, artist filmmaker

Over the course of one week, Artist in Residence and 2017 Creative Wales Award Recipient, Fern Smith re-enacts a series of Dialogues on Art, Life & Spiritual Renewal.

These dialogues were originally published 25 years ago in the ground-breaking book Conversations Before the End of Time by American author Suzi Gablik and are as relevant today as ever.

These profound and intimate dialogues with artists, writers and philosophers, address the central questions of the meaning and purpose of art in an age of accelerating social change, environmental crisis and spiritual uncertainty.

Over the past five years Fern, co-founder of Volcano Theatre has been in correspondence with the book’s author, inspiring her to develop Emergence, a new initiative which has at its heart the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Fern’s developing relationship with Gablik, now in her 80’s, culminated in a recent invitation to visit her at her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. Over two days last Summer, Fern sat with Suzi speaking with her about her work and fascination with the ‘art of dialogue’. This lead to an idea, with the author’s permission to ‘re-stage’ some of the original published dialogues with invited local artists whose work connects with environmental, social and spiritual ideas.

7 dialogues will be re-staged over 7 days. This is a creative collaboration with ‘the art of dialogue’ at its very heart. You are invited to witness, participate in your own dialogues share your own insights and reflections.

How do we live at a time of decline, maybe even collapse and what role does art have?

We suggest a donation of £4 per person per event

Seán Vicary short biography

Seán’s work explores our relationship with the ‘natural’ world, investigating links between the subjective, scientific and social/ historical aspects of place and landscape; especially those that are obscure or concealed. He often works site-sensitively, collecting found objects and fragments of detritus and manipulating these elements in a virtual space to create animated assemblages. These act as triggers for the viewer, sometimes suggestive of a wider narrative or hidden processes at play behind the visible.

Seán is the recipient of 2017 Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales and is currently using animation to explore contemporary manifestations of Genii Loci.

Other artists taking part in 7 Conversations Before The End Of Time
Debbie Rees
Jess Allen
Avi Allen
Simon Whitehead
Ruth Jones
Ann Shrosbree

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TRWCO field trip and art intervention: Botanising with a Third Eye

We present our second TRWCO event providing opportunity for thought and initiating conversations about environmental change.

Programme
9.30am arrive and refreshments
10am artists’ conversations
12pm – 12.45pm lunch
1pm guided walk at Ceibwr Bay
5pm tea, cake and summary at Small World Theatre

Ceibwr Bay, Pembrokeshire has a special flora along the coast that includes flowering plants, lichens and algae living in the tidal zone and bryophytes. Pat Wolseley, expert botanist, will lead a field trip accompanied by artists Fern Smith and Sean Vicary to look closely at what grows there and how it’s able to live where it does.

Pat Wolseley is based at the Natural History Museum and a specialist on lichens as bio-indicators of pollution and environmental change in Britain and South East Asia. She was brought up on a farm in Pembrokeshire and will speak about how her 40 year study of the lichens in the Pembrokeshire landscape can tell us about survival and loss over centuries of change.

Fern Smith is co-founder of Volcano Theatre and founder of Emergence. She is currently a Creative Wales Award Recipient and artist in residence at Small World Theatre. She will lead a conversation in the role of art and dialogue in the transition to a sustainable society.

Sean Vicary is based in Cardigan and uses animation and moving-image to investigate our relationship with the ‘natural’ world. He is also a Creative Wales Award Recipient and using the flora, fauna and landscape at Ceibwr in his research.

Everyone is welcome to share stories and experiences. Join us and be part of a growing discussion on climate change, sustainable living and building positive futures.

Please book early and pay for your places in advance. Numbers are limited to 30 places

£12 includes lunch at Small World Theatre