Convenors: Iain Biggs (UWE, Bristol), Mary Modeen (Dundee) and Dr Judith Tucker (University of Leeds)
The creative practice-led research network LAND2 (“land squared”) – formally LAN2D) – was started in 2002 by Iain Biggs (UWE Bristol) and Judith Tucker (Leeds) as a national network of artist / lecturers and research students with an interest in landscape / place-oriented art practice. Following the expansion of the network, they invited Mary Modeen (Dundee) to join the coordination group.
The network is funded by the PLaCe Research Centre in the Faculty of Creative Arts, UWE, and the School of Design, University of Leeds, with other institutions and research centres contributing to individual projects. Members of the network share common interests in how art can engage with the possibilities and problems of landscape / place as it is understood today, while also recognizing the contested nature of both these terms. The network meets for presentations of members’ work, maintains an active web site at www.land2.uwe.ac.uk (that both represents the network and serves as an educational resource for those interested in practice-led research into landscape), undertakes occasional group projects and fieldwork, and organizes conferences and exhibitions.
We show members work, run inter-disciplinary research symposia, and are increasingly seeking to work in an international, as well as a nation, context. These include links with groups, for example the Space&Place Group at the University of Minnesota, and individuals like Marlene Creates in Canada, and we are currently looking to build more formal links with like-minded artists and academics in Europe.
The LAND2 website has been included in Intute http://www.intute.ac.uk, a free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research, selected and evaluated by a network of subject specialists and brought to you by a consortium of UK universities and partners.
Reports on our symposia and ongoing research, together with details of member’s exhibitions and other activities, are posted on the site. We are keen to promote relevant doctoral and graduate student work and so document relevant graduate projects as part of our ongoing commitment to carry a greater volume of educationally valuable research material. Our achievement in this respect has been recognized by the AHRC, which has acknowledged David Walker-Barker’s contribution to the web site as “a model of good practice for academics and graduates working with landscape”. (AHRC Social Impact of Artist Exhibitions: Two Case Studies 2008 p 35)
Membership of the network is strictly by invitation.