Art and ecology is a well developed area of practice and research (see for instance the work of the Harrison Studio over more than 40 years, as well as recent projects and programmes, e.g. Symbiotica, Finnish Bioart Society, RANE, ASCUS, and ONCA. Artists working with ecological systems develop interdisciplinary interventions in specific contexts often working with communities, human and non-human. Chris Fremantle works as both a researcher and producer, engaged with issues including climate change, sea level rise, renewable energy and landscape remediation through to human healthcare settings. In addition to his role at Gray’s School of Art he is an independent arts producer responsible for projects such as Nil by Mouth: Food, Farming, Science and Sustainability, as well as producing the ecoartscotland programme and blog.
Fremantle will contribute a deep understanding of the history of art and ecology practices; provide a critical frame for practice; reflect on and contribute to the theorising of interdisciplinary work; and can also project manage the involvement of artists, designers, architects and landscape architects (practices, businesses).