Rosie Sherwood- artist in residence with the Marine Institute February 2018 to June 2019
Dr Sian Rees- senior research fellow at the Marine Institute
In February 2018 Rosie began an artist residency with the Marine Institute at the University of Plymouth. At the time she had little idea where this residency would lead, or how it would affect her project. The residencies impact however was immediate and immense. In an early conversation Dr Sian Rees introduced Rosie to the concepts of shifting baselines and rewilding, which have since become the central pillars of her on-going project An Ever Moving Now.
This talk will explore what rewilding is, its roll in ocean conservation and how art and science can come together to express these vital ideas and promote conservation. Rosie and Sian will discuss their individual work, the impact of the residency, the research and creative process, and the outcomes of the project. Rosie will go on to talk about her vision for the future of the project and the roll conservation plays in this.
Rosie Sherwood is an artist, independent publisher and scholar. Her multidisciplinary practise incorporates photography, sculpture, book art and text. Sherwood founded artists book press As Yet Untitled and is Creative Director of turn the page. She teaches at multiple universities, has been published on a range of subjects, and has work in national and international collections.
Sherwood’s current project, Mapping in an Ever Moving Now, is a multi-chaptered exploration of wildness, rewilding and conservation through her own personal journeys in nature. The first chapter is being created with the support of the South West Coast Path Association and the Marine Institute at Plymouth University. Akin, the first of a series of sculptures created for to Mapping in an Ever Moving Now was selected for the National Sculpture Prize at Broomhill Sculpture Gardens.
Siân Rees is marine scientist with 15 years of experience in marine conservation, marine management and policy. Siân has a strong record of achievement in social and economic research methods to define the marine social-ecological system at a variety of scales. To extend the impact of her research she works closely with statutory nature conservation agencies, NGOs, government departments and international organisations. Sian is a member of the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council Advisory Committee, which is the driving force of investment in environmental science in the UK. Siân is a lead investigator and senior scientist on active research projects for NERC, GCRF, EU LIFE+, INTERREG Atlantic Arc and EMFF. To deliver this work she manages a team that includes Research Fellows, Research Assistants, PhD and MSc students.