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Milford Haven Oil Refinery. Digital Drawing. By Eloise Govier

Milford Haven Oil Refinery. Digital Drawing. By Eloise Govier

YN PERTHYN I’R TIRWEDD? BELONGING TO THE LANDSCAPE? Arddangosfa / Exhibition

Pierhead, Caerdydd / Cardiff, Oriel y Dyfodol / Futures Gallery
Dydd Llun 3ydd Hydref - Dydd Gwener Hydref 2016 Monday 3rd October - Friday 28th October 2016

Artist Eloise Govier collaborates with Environmental Historian Dr Jill Payne in an exploration of energy, consumption and waste in past, present and future Welsh landscapes. Artist Eloise Govier yn cydweithio gyda Hanesydd Amgylcheddol Dr Jill Payne mewn archwiliad o ynni, defnydd a gwastraff yn y gorffennol, y presennol a thirweddau Cymru yn y dyfodol. 

Milford Haven Oil Refinery. Gouache, Pen and Ink drawing. By Eloise Govier

Milford Haven Oil Refinery. Gouache, Pen and Ink drawing. By Eloise Govier

Overview In keeping with Wales' commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 2020 and complying with the Sustainable Energy Charter, this exhibition sees Ceredigion artist Eloise Govier explore the changing energy landscape of Wales through a collection of new artworks that respond to Wales now. Environmental historian Dr Jill Payne contributes commentaries on Govier's engagement with the changing face of energy provision. The exhibition of new paintings and sculptures considers different forms of energy, past, present and future, in the Welsh landscape. By marking the presence of these structures, the exhibition acknowledges, reflects, and celebrates the changing landscape. The exhibition specifically invites  intergenerational discussions, particularly on matters close to the Welsh Assembly Climate Change Engagement Strategy for Wales. Energy efficiency is of particular governmental concern, given the development of an energy efficiency strategy launched in October 2014, and the clear commitment made to reducing carbon emissions by 2020. 

Dr Jill Payne (Environmental Historian).

Dr Jill Payne is an environmental historian who focusses on energy and landscape. She is particularly interested in how people’s connections to place shape their attitudes towards different types of energy production. Her most recent research forms part of the AHRC-funded ‘The Power & The Water’ Project involving the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Nottingham.

Email: jill.payne@bristol.ac.uk

Litter found on the banks of the River Wye. Photo by Eloise Govier.

Litter found on the banks of the River Wye. Photo by Eloise Govier.

Social Media Updates: 

ONLINE RESOURCE LINKS

The following sources were used whilst writing the Family Sheet/Taflen Teulu.

Energy Wales: A Low Carbon Transition. Published March 2012 by the Welsh Government.
Interactive Map of Renewable and Alternative Energy Projects in the UK.
Recycling Symbols Explained
Recycle For Wales: Recycling Fast Facts
Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (details include an accessible video animation).
BBC Bitesize (Archived 2014) GCSE Geography information on Energy.
Committee on Climate Change > Wales

ELOISE'S RECOMMENDED READING LIST FOR H.E. STUDENTS

"My reading list focuses on waste as material culture and the New Materialisms discourse. The Edensor paper talks about the experience of walking through areas of industrial ruin, and how these objects 'beckon' to humans. The paper on the Danube reveals the amount of plastic waste swirling down river, and out into the sea; the findings are worrying. All these sources encouraged me think about waste differently."

  • Bennett, J. 2011 Vibrant Matter: Toward a Political Ecology of Things, Durham and London: Duke University Press.
  • Edensor, T. 2005 'Waste Matter: The Debris of Industrial Ruins and the Dis­ ordering of the Material World'. Journal of Material Culture 10, no. 3 (2005): 311-32.
  • Jambeck, J., Geyer, R., Wilcox, C., Siegler, T., Perryman, M., Andrady, A., Narayan, R., Law, K., 2015 'Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean', Science, Vol. 347 Issue 6223.
  • Lechner, A., Keckeis, H. a, Lumesberger-Loisl, F. a, Zens, B. a, Krusch, R. a, Tritthart, M. b, Glas, M. b, Schludermann, E. a, 2014 'The Danube so colourful: A potpourri of plastic litter outnumbers fish larvae in Europe’s second largest river', Environmental Pollution 188: 177-181.
  • Reno, J. 2014 'Toward a New Theory of Waste: from ‘Matter out of Place’ to Signs of Life'. In: Theory, Culture & Society 31(6): 3-27.
  • Sullivan, R. 1998 The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures on the Edge of a City, NewYork: Doubleday.

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Environmental Historian Dr Jill Payne discusses the exhibition:

Powering ‘The Wales We Want’

“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.” Dylan Thomas, 1934.

What is a quintessentially Welsh landscape?  

Belonging to the Landscape? draws attention to Welsh places of energy production, consumption and disposal. 

How is it that some places and their associated features – human-made and natural – become iconic landscapes? And what is it about some landscapes that is quintessentially Welsh? How has the past shaped our current ideas about landscapes, and how might future generations view the landscapes and activities of our contemporary way of life? Can hiraeth encompass the less-sung places that drive our 21st-century world?

Belonging to the Landscape? takes us to Welsh energy and industrial sites made iconic by time and history: Milford Haven’s decommissioned oil refinery, and the communities that have evolved around Port Talbot’s threatened steelworks. It invites us to consider new energy landscapes against the backdrop of a changing global environment: wind turbines in Carmarthenshire, and Hinkley C nuclear power station from Barry Island. It leaves us, too, with a stranded ‘coracle’ and some of the ‘plastic archaeology’ found embedded in the banks of the River Wye: reminders that new industries and energies, and their waste, are tomorrow’s heritage.

Hanesydd Amgylcheddol Dr Jill Payne trafod yr arddangosfa

Pweru ‘Y Gymru a Garem’

“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.” Dylan Thomas, 1934

Beth yw tirlun nodweddiadol Gymreig? 

Yr Arddangosfa Yn Perthyn i’r Tirwedd? yn tynnu sylw i’r lleoedd Cymreig sy’n cynnal, cynhyrchu ynni, defnydd, a gwastraff. 

Sut mae rhai lleoedd, a’u nodweddion cysylltiedig (y gwaith gwneuthuredig neu naturiol) yn dod yn dirwedd eiconig? A beth am y tirlun hwnnw sy’n nodweddiadol Gymreig? Sut mae’r gorffennol wedi effeithio ar ein syniadau am y tirlun presennol? A sut bydd cenedlaethau'r dyfodol yn gweld ein bywyd cyfoes? A all dyheu gwmpasu’r llefydd llai adnabyddus sy’n gyrru ein byd cyfoes? 

Mae Yn Perthyn i’r Tirwedd? yn mynd â ni i safleoedd ynni yng Nghymru, sydd wedi eu gwneud yn eiconig oherwydd amser a hanes: fel purfa olew Aberdaugleddau sydd wedi ei dadgomisiynu, a'r cymunedau sydd wedi esblygu o amgylch gwaith dur Port Talbot. Mae'n ein gwahodd i ystyried tirweddau ynni newydd yn erbyn cefndir o newid: tyrbinau gwynt yn Sir Gaerfyrddin, a gweld atomfa Hinkley C o Ynys y Barri. Mae'n ein gadael ni gyda 'cwrwgl' unig, a rhai o'r 'archaeoleg plastig' sydd wedi cael eu gwreiddio a’u sefydlu ar lannau'r Afon Gwy, i’n atgoffa mai diwydiannau ac egni newydd a’u gwastraff yw treftadaeth yfory.

"Ripe for the Picking". Oil Painting. By Eloise Govier. Scent created by Julia Feuer-Cotter. 

"Ripe for the Picking". Oil Painting. By Eloise Govier. Scent created by Julia Feuer-Cotter. 

Julia Feuer-Cotter is an environmental historian and geographer at the University of Nottingham with an interest in perception and smellscapes. Her work explores emotional and cultural sensory practices through an open, creative, and practice-based approach in the form of community-based workshops, smell walking, story-telling and interacting with recreated smellscapes. Her work aspires to promote ways to connect with the local everyday experience of different people in the past and the present, and to explore connections between sensed reality and geographical imagination.  At the exhibition launch we workshopped two scents that Julia created in response to landfill in-conjunction with Eloise's painting 'Ripe For the Picking'. 

Julia Feuer-Cotter is an environmental historian and geographer at the University of Nottingham with an interest in perception and smellscapes. Her work explores emotional and cultural sensory practices through an open, creative, and practice-based approach in the form of community-based workshops, smell walking, story-telling and interacting with recreated smellscapes. Her work aspires to promote ways to connect with the local everyday experience of different people in the past and the present, and to explore connections between sensed reality and geographical imagination. 

At the exhibition launch we workshopped two scents that Julia created in response to landfill in-conjunction with Eloise's painting 'Ripe For the Picking'. 

"Diggers at Work". Digital Drawing. By Eloise Govier.

"Diggers at Work". Digital Drawing. By Eloise Govier.

Family Sheet: Belonging to the Landscape? (English).

Taflen Teulu: Yn Perthyn i'r Tirwedd? (Cymraeg)