Speaker: Richard Layzell

Duration: 3 hours

Maximum participants: 15

In this workshop artist Richard Layzell will present many ideas related to art and ecology, in and out of his art practice, including interviews with the Muslim environmentalist Fazlun Khalid and the Australian naturalist/composer Hollis Taylor. He’ll also talk about the origins of eco-activism in the work and philosophy of Arne Naess, the idea of ‘de-colonising the landscape’ and the emergence of the Extinction Rebellion movement in the UK. 

This will then move on to an open discussion to invite your ideas and responses, and an active workshop, working in small groups. You’ll be asked to develop a creative eco-action/provocation that can be shared with the other online groups. This can take any form you collectively choose. It might be a spoken manifesto, an action or the physical process of making. We’ll conclude with a commitment on how you individually think of taking this essential work forward into the future.

Richard Layzell is an artist based in London. He leads the BA course in Fine Art at University of the Arts London (UAL) and is a very experienced facilitator regularly run workshops with people of all ages and abilities. His ongoing ecological project The Naming takes the form of films, photography, performances, writings, prints and public interventions. As a live work it has been shown in Canada, London, Australia, Korea, Greece and across the UK. He often works with a fictional collaborator, currently Kino Paxton. He have exhibited at most of the major public galleries in museums in the UK, including Tate Britain, Science Museum, Whitechapel and Serpentine Galleries, and is currently Creative Ecologist in residence at LUX.