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Landscapes: Access and Imagination in a Post-Pandemic World

Grand Hotel, Cabaret Room, Saturday 17th July 2021, 9:30am
Ticket Price: £5.00 (+ Booking Fee)

The British Landscape has never been more in focus as a place of natural beauty and place of comfort during the lockdown and pandemic. The nation has woken up to the fact our local and national environment is both inspiring and accessible. It offers to connect to our past, our present and our future. This session will explore some of the issues and concerns of access, imagination and the role of landscape within our present and future lives as artists, environmentalists, walkers, writers and protectors of the landscape.

About the panel

Kane Cunningham is a former lecturer with 35 years of working in Art Schools. He retired in 2017 to become a full-time landscape painter. He is perhaps best known for his House Project which attracted international attention as an environmental artwork. 

Dr Andy Tickle, a former Greenpeace activist, now campaigns at CPRE, the countryside charity, principally working on landscape, energy and climate issues. He also chairs the British Mountaineering Council’s advisory group on access, conservation and environ-mental sustainability.

Sarah Oswald is a heritage professional and creative coach. She sits on the North York Moors National Park Authority board as a Secretary of State appointed member.

Anj Handa is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, an inclusive community of changemakers with a focus on fairness and safety for women. Anj’s deep connection to nature reminds her daily of the interconnectedness of people and planet, which is essential to health, relationships and conservation.  She is a keen walker and has hiked peaks such as Ben Nevis and the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Whilst out hiking, it comes to her awareness that she is the only brown woman walking in the wilderness.

In this panel discussion, Anj will reflect on the factors that have led to her passion for the outdoors, and the possible resistance of non-white people that she has invited to join her on her walks.

Breaking her ankle in 2017 put a pause on more challenging hikes and also gave Anj empathy of walking with disability, not simply in terms of the physical aspect of navigating uneven terrain but the mental energy and forward planning that can be required. This intersectional perspective is little discussed and will provide food for thought for those involved in encouraging more diverse groups of people to enjoy our beautiful British landscapes.

David Malone (chair) is an independent filmmaker, Green Party politician, and author of The Debt Generation. He started his career at the BBC science department where he eventually went on to work on the philosophy and science documentary series, Horizon. A regular chair for the How The Light Gets In festival at Hay-on-Wye.