Skeletons of the Land

with Susan Milne and James Goff

James and Susan will talk and walk you through some of the stunning hills surrounding Talgarth discussing the landscape and the processes (both natural and human) that have formed it. The group will work at all scales from the expansive views of the northern scarp of the Brecon Beacons and the valley below to the more intimate minutiae of the stream-bed. In a true clash of disciplines, scientific information from James will be combined with practical insights and tutoring from Susan in drawing, printmaking and making images in the landscape. If we understand the geological processes at work, do we see and respond to the land differently? Does it feel more mutable or less?

Representing and communicating factual information about the land, or conveying your personal responses to the landscape may require different approaches to, and methods of, making images.

We will work mostly outside, on the commons, in the foothills and following the river Ennig along some of its course, with closing sessions inside.

Be prepared for wind & weather. Good walking boots & rainwear, an A4 carboard backed sketchbook and pen/pencil. Given the nature of the course we suggest a minimum age of 18.

DATES: 16th & 17th July 2019
TIMES: 9am – 5pm
PRICE: £290

VENUE: Coleg Trefeca …more info

To Book you will be redirected to the Hay Festival website

Susan Milne

Susan Milne

Susan is an artist based in the Black Mountains on the Welsh borders

Career path includes: A studio practice that focusses on the land and landscape.

Exhibitions, installations, printmaking. Collaborative arts projects with landscape designers, architects, theatre practitioners, radio and sound producers, geologists. Co-founder/director of the cross disciplinary arts organisation, the Space Project; working in education & training, theatre & site specific projects.

Graduated in Illustration from St Martins College of Art. Early published work in natural history illustration.

Former education posts include: Senior Lecturer in Visual Studies, in the faculties of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Greenwich, 1985-91. Visiting lecturer and course development in Landscape
Design & Drawing, Larenstein IAC, Landscape Design, Netherlands 1991-01.

Paintings, drawings & prints in private & public collections including; the National Trust, the Woodland Trust, National Library of Wales, Contemporary Art Society for Wales.

Awards include: Arts Council Travel Award & Bursary 1994/5, research and series development ; The Land & Culture of Friesland, Netherlands. Land & Memory project and series. Awardee of the Eirian Llwyd Award for Printmaking 2019 for current research and develop soil pigments in printmaking.

Recent projects and series of work include: Traces series, based on the evidence of human activity in the landscape Fragments series, Prints & mixed media work reflecting disintegration, erosion or decay in natural and man-made objects.

Professor James Goff

Professor James Goff

Professor James Goff is Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia and Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton. Prior to returning to the UK he was Deputy Director of the PANGEA (Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives) Research Centre, and Director of the Australia-Pacific Tsunami Research Centre at UNSW. He previously worked in New Zealand for 15 years and discovered the first evidence for past tsunami deposits in the Southern Hemisphere in 1994. During his career he has worked in environments from the high mountains to the deep ocean and therefore all natural hazards and the associated human-environment interactions are of interest to him. He has written two books and well over 200 peer-reviewed publications. His interests include areas such as rivers, glaciers and all types of natural hazards.

He has worked in Australia, the Antarctic, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Chile, Mexico, The Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Hawaii, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Pacific Northwest, Canada, the UK, France, Greece, Belize, and Wallis and Futuna to name a few. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of the South Pacific, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Auckland, and “Scientist-in-Residence” at the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hawaii.

Skeletons of the Land

with Susan Milne and James Goff

START 10am July 16
END 5pm July 17