Radical or not? Artists on the rural

By Paul Collinson Radical Landscapes is an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool. In the foreword to the exhibition catalogue the Tate Liverpool Director describes the exhibition as ‘an exhibition that explores our individual and collective connection to the rural landscape.’ (page 9 Radical Landscapes Tate Publishing 2022). The rural has been a valid … Continue reading Radical or not? Artists on the rural

The case against consumerism: Part 1 – The real cost of our everyday purchases

The 20th century saw the rise of modern day consumerism. Originating from the US, it quickly spread throughout the industrialised world. Essentially consumerism is a theory, which assumes that constantly increasing consumption of goods and services is a key condition for achieving growing levels of welfare (through economic growth). The more we spend, the bigger … Continue reading The case against consumerism: Part 1 – The real cost of our everyday purchases

How to talk about climate change to sceptics

In the last few decades the issue of climate change has become a central socio-political issue across the globe, and more and more people are realising the weight and urgency of the crisis that we are facing. Yet, a small percentage of people still regard climate change as something that is not real. Arguments range … Continue reading How to talk about climate change to sceptics

Twenty degrees at RHS Wisley….in mid-March.

By Paul Collinson For many the Royal Horticulture Society is epitomized by the annual flower shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park.  However, behind the perfection there is serious horticulture research being undertaken at the RHS HQ at Wisley in Surrey.  I joined with various Hull and East Riding environment, business and community … Continue reading Twenty degrees at RHS Wisley….in mid-March.

Reflections on Humber Cluster Workshop

I attended a workshop on 23rd March as the representative of Hull Friends of the Earth at the Aura Innovation centre on the Humber Energy Cluster plans.  This workshop was one of multiple streams, with this one focussing on the socio-cultural perspective and how the community could be effectively engaged and consulted.  Various groups attended … Continue reading Reflections on Humber Cluster Workshop