Contributors – Invisible Landscapes Seminar

Guest Speakers:

Sally Labern
Visual Artist and co-director of The Drawing Shed

The Drawing Shed is a contemporary arts organisation set up in 2009; It is led by visual artists Sally Labern and Bobby Lloyd who practice both collaboratively and autonomously, using diverse media and engaging with ideas led work around creating ‘communities of the imagination‘ and issues of resilience,  resistance,  commonality,  class, and displacement. Based on two housing estates in Walthamstow, East London, from where they bridge on and off, the work is inter-generational and inter-cultural and involves diverse partners and communities which include teenage girls, boys, women, mixed gender adult groups and older people.


Owain Jones
Professor of Environmental Humanities; School of Humanities and Cultural Industries: Bath Spa University

Owain gained a PhD in Cultural Geography at the University of Bristol in 1997 and since then has researched and written about many aspects of nature-society relations, landscape, place, memory and the environmental crisis. He has conducted research projects on trees, place and landscape; floods, communities and memory; food chains and ecology; tidal landscapes; animals and society; and children, nature and place. His is currently leading a 1.5 million pound Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities research  project which involves eight UK universities, community partners and artists in four case study areas across the UK. This project is seeking to creatively explore and transform connections within and between communities, and communities and nature  in relation to water issues. Owain was appointed as the first Professor on the Environmental Humanities in the UK in 2014 at Bath Spa University.   He has published over 70 scholarly articles and two books – Geography and Memory: Identity, Place and Becoming (2012) with Jo Garde-Hansen; and Tree Cultures: The Place of Trees, and Trees in their Place (2002) with Paul Cloke.


Sally Watkins
Co-Artistic Director and Curator- b-side Festival

Sally is a curator for b-side festival and a practising artist. Her interests are in site-specific practices and collaborations in place. She has worked as a commission manager for a number of years with artists working in the visual arts, live and performance and text based practice. Sally has mentored and supported early and mid artists, most recently with artists who wish to expand their practice from gallery to non-traditional spaces. She is currently interested in the collaboration and exchange between communities, curators and artists, and questioning where ownership and authorship reside.


OSR Projects Associate Artists/Curators

Jethro Brice

Jethro works across media and fields of professional practice, using found materials and borrowed languages to elicit layered histories of place. He works with other people in diverse contexts, to develop collaborative approaches for an unsettled future and a contested past.

Jethro studied environmental art at the Glasgow School of Art (2006) and was recently awarded an AHRC doctoral studentship at the University of Bristol, to develop a creative geography of change in the wider Severn estuary. With Seila Fernandez Arconada he produces Some:when , a participatory public art project conceived in response to flooding on the Somerset levels, initiated with a grant from the Somerset Community Foundation. Recent exhibitions include Unruly Waters (Parlour Showrooms, Bristol) and The Power of the Sea (Royal West of England Academy).


Alexander Stevenson

Alexander mines information using processes usually associated with anthropologists, historians and researchers to create artworks, journeys and films. Huge fabric sculptures, live theatrical performances and narratives generated from remote locations are just some of the outcomes of these interests. The work is informed by knowledge systems; how history is made and re-made through storytelling, objects and activities.

Past activity includes a residency at Karst in Plymouth, a major new work for the Bristol Biennial, a commission for GoMA as part of Glasgow International Festival, a commission for Grand Union in Birmingham, headlining The Arches Live Festival in Glasgow, and a major commission for the fringe of the British Art Show 7 in Nottingham.

Working with Glasgow based Unit 7   Alex has developed a series of artist residencies including taking five UK artists to Orkney to carry out unusual residencies in the landscape, including; a lighthouse, a beach on a golf course, and a bothy full of climbers.


Tim Martin
Artist and curator at Hestercombe Gallery

Tim Martin is a Devon based artist/curator interested in collaborative practice with artists and audiences. Over the past two years Tim has curated a programme of exhibitions and events at Hestercombe Gallery that has included work by leading British artists including Tracey Emin, Mark Wallinger, Mark Quinn, Gavin Turk, Adam Chodzko and Bill Woodrow. Being particularly interested in how Hestercombe can contribute to the visual arts ecology of the South West he is has developed a programme of residencies and seminars that run alongside the exhibitions and have become an integral part of the programme.

Tim’s artistic practice currently involves moving image, context based work, sculpture, drawing and painting and making work through engagement with others. His practice is concerned with the natural world and man’s relationship to it with inspiration being drawn from journeys made in the landscape, specific sites or issues.