Conservation science and contemporary art: thinking about Tenerife

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  • Luke A’Bear, University of Oxford, Oxford, The Sitka Conservation Society
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  • James Curtis Hayward, University of Oxford, Oxford, The University of the West of England
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  • Meredith Root-Bernstein, University of Oxford, Oxford

Art has long been seen as a way to illustrate conservation science for public outreach, especially to children. However, art has a greater role to play as a partner in interdisciplinary practice. Here we explore four examples where early-career conservationists have used the production of artwork inspired by contemporary art movements to engage critically and emotionally through the formalisms of art with conservation issues on the island of Tenerife. The authors suggest that the production of art by conservationists and as conservation (and vice versa) is key to learning to translate between art and science, leading to broader interdisciplinarity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-30
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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