How can mobility programmes and artist residencies contribute to environmental sustainability?
A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
29 November 2013
The arts and mobility platform Art Motile and the Gas Natural Contemporary Art Museum in A Coruña (Galicia) hosted a programme of talks, workshops and discussions entitled ‘Artist Mobility and Residency Programmes: Opportunities and Challenges’. During this event a GALA workshop on the environmental impact of artist mobility was held in cooperation with Julie’s Bicycle. Among the participants there were artists and residencies.
Catherine Langabeer (Julie’s Bicycle) presented arguments on how to take action in the field of environmental sustainability, and how the arts can address this subject. Her introduction to the subject was completed by a contribution from Jordi Baltà (Interarts) on the evolving notion of ‘development’ (represented in particular by the terms ‘sustainable development’ and ‘human development’), and the role of culture in this context. This was followed by a presentation on the challenges of integrating sustainability in the Spanish residency field, by Marta Garcia (Art Motile). Simon Beckmann and Gonzaga Gómez-Cortazar, from Joya Arte + Ecología were invited to talk about best practices. The workshop concluded with a group discussion about how sustainability affects professionals’ daily work. Apart from raising awareness among the participants, the workshop was a first step towards putting sustainability on the national agenda. Art Motile will share the outcome of the discussions with policy makers.
Download the workshop report in pdf here.