This week saw the HEATH project [www.theheathproject.org.uk] joining Arts Council England and the National Trust as funders for the project.
This is an extract from their website -
The North-West Europe heathland landscape is of great ecological, economic and cultural significance, but is in long-term qualitative and quantitative decline. The loss of direct economic and cultural links that formerly sustained heathland is a major cause of its decline. The HEATH (Heathland, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism, Heritage) Project aims to re-establish the social and economic integration that was once associated with heathland environments. This will be achieved by reintroducing and improving habitat management practices and by communicating and promoting heathlands as a potential valuable resource with a valuable historical context. The key objective of the HEATH project is to develop a management model and tool kit that will establish and help guide future heathland management and be applicable across the NWE heathland landscape.
The HEATH project is made up of many international organisations. This support will be mutually useful in promoting the work and extending the audience of CUT/STACK/BURN and importantly that of the HEATH project and its’ ‘Heath Fest’ in September 2007. [For more info please visit their website]. The linking of different organisations working with similar issues is of interest to me as it enables the work to travel into different arenas and work more effectively.
Project outline:CUT/STACK/BURN is a performative re-enactment of a redundant rural activity - furze cutting for domestic fuel (or gorse outside of cornwall). The project uses art installation as a platform to develop a visual conversation about the implications and absence of sustainable approaches in the management of land and its resources. Our current use of energy in an age of climate change becomes a focal point and pivotal issue in this visual debate.