COAL is in Huntly, Scotland at the Deveron Arts Contemporary Art Center to talk about“Art and Sustainability, from Joseph Beuys and Beyond,” May 26-29, 2016, as part of White Wood Forum.

For millennia, indigenous storytellers, musicians, artists and thinkers have been interested in the sensitive nature of our planet, exploring the complex relationships and issues that ecology and cosmologies have with people. At the heart of this interest is a concern for the environment and the achievement of peace.

The White Wood Forum is a continuation of the thinking about art and ecology begun by Joseph Beuys, whose practice, both literally with acorns from his 7000 year old oak tree, and conceptually, planted the seeds for White Wood. As a living monument to peace, created by the people of Huntly, the wood will grow and change as the oaks grow over the next three hundred years. Working as an artist, pacifist and environmentalist, Beuys’ work acts as a confluence of social and cultural perspectives on sustainability: local and global understandings and practices across the lived world.

Our current eco-political system is designed by and for very few people, resulting in endless conflict and ecological decay. What kind of world can we dream of for future generations? And what contributions can art and community make?

Focusing on the link between art, peace and ecology, the White Wood Forum will question how art can be in harmony with the key principles of sustainable development, including alongside ecology – social justice, the foundations of democracy and non-violence. By bringing together people from the arts, anthropology, ecology, politics, peacemaking and locality, the White Wood Forum will raise the question of how to foster a culture of complexity, art and community that impacts the future, for the benefit of generations to come.

Practical information:

White Wood Forum – May 26-28, 2016

Thursday, May 26: Registration at 6:30 p.m., Veterans Club, Huntly

Prof Tim Ingold: “The Sustainability of Everything
Presentation of the film 7000 Oaks by Rhea Thönges-Stringaris
Discussion on Beuys in the 21st Century: Rhea Thönges-Stringaris, Richard Demarco and Shelley Sacks

Friday 27 May: 9am-5pm, Stewarts Hall, Huntly

President of the White Wood Forum: Deirdre Heddon, Professor of Contemporary Performance at the University of Glasgow

Keynote Speaker: Satish Kumar, former monk and long-time peace activist and environmentalist

Participants: Richard Demarco; Georges Thierry Handja, Ellie Harrison, Tim Ingold, Naomi Mason, Robin McAlpine, Lotte Juul Petersen, Shelley Sacks, Rhea Thönges-Stringaris, Marina Velez, and Loïc Fel, co-founder of the COAL association.

Culinary artists: Syrian Supper Club; Omar Afif

Story: Ben MacFadyan

5pm: The Ceilidh Peacemaker with the Strathspey Fiddlers, Gordon Arms Hotel
White Wood Opening Ceremony and Gala Saturday, May 28. More information here: www.deveron-arts.com


White Wood Froum FULL
Peacemaker’s Ceildh only: £5
White Wood Gala: free

Deveron Arts: The Studio, Brander Building, The Square,

Huntly, AB54 8BR, Scotland

For more information: www.deveron-arts.com

Map: www.deveron-arts.com

Take a look at

MOOC Art and Ecology
Meeting between Andrea Olga Mantovani and Baptiste Morizot

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    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website Ressource0.com


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

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    About fifty exhibitions throughout France, cultural actions, works in the public space, and project support to contribute to the emergence of a new culture of ecology.


    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.