The Organisers

The Organising Committee

The event is convened by and led by Dr Richard Povall of and Schumacher College

The conference is led by a team of artists and academics and there is still one vacancy. Please contact us if you would be interested in volunteering some time. The committee members confirmed  to date are:


Dr Richard Povall

Richard Povall is a sound artist, digital systems designer, consultant and educator and is the Programme Leader for Arts & Ecology at Schumacher College. Recent work includes …and so the search begins, a commission from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and Teatime(link is external) an installation for National Trust. Recent publications include a chapter in We Assert! the manifesto of CIWEM’s Arts and Environment Network, and he guest edited a special arts and ecology edition of Digital Creativity(link is external) (Routledge). Previously he co-directed dance-theatre company half/angel(link is external) and was a founding Director of Aune Head Arts; he has taught in a variety of Universities and Conservatories in the UK and US and was formerly Director of Contemporary Music at Oberlin Conservatory in the UK and held Senior Research Fellowships at Middlesex University and Dartington College of Arts. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010, and sits on numerous boards.


Laura Burns

Laura is interdisciplinary performer, researching how performance can invoke and respond to the agency of the material world. This is an ecological concern and work is often site-specific, asking how listening is a divinatory, conversational and reciprocal act of faith with the nonhuman. Collaborations and solo works are concerned with multiple and diverse ways of knowing, somatic-shamanic explorations into land, body and ancestral memory, and sound as an invocation of intuition.


Christos Galanis

Christos Galanis is an artist, researcher, and teacher who enjoys migration, facilitated by Greek/Canadian passports. A PhD candidate in Human Geography at Edinburgh University, he is researching practices of walking and belonging within the Scottish Highlands by Munro/Peak-Baggers and Scots-Canadian ‘homecomers’. His art/research projects have included a 200km memorial walk in Catalonia for an exiled Spanish Civil-War fighter-pilot (Sobre Las Huellas), and a performative year-long interrogation of institutional bio-ethics in collaboration with his donkey, Fairuz (Donkey Walking: Rituals of Progress & Domestication). He holds an MFA in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico, a BFA in Music from Concordia University, Montreal, and is a member of the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network.


Dr Mark Leahy

Mark is a writer and artist operating among textual practices and performance. Recent performances include ‘flat-head self-tapping’ at Barbican, Plymouth (Jan 2015) and Chelsea School of Art (May 2015) and ‘answering machine’ for Experimentica14 at Chapter Cardiff (Nov 2014). Other live works have been presented in Bristol, Plymouth, London and Liverpool. He has been commissioned to write texts to accompany work by artists including Nathan Walker, Katy Connor, Steven Paige, and Low Profile. His critical publications include essays in Open LetterPerformance Research Journal and The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice; a chapter in The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2007); an essay in The Salt Companion to John James (2010), and a chapter in The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal (2013). He was MA Programme Leader at Dartington College of Arts (2007-2010) and teaches part-time at Falmouth University and Plymouth University. More at


Mat Osmond

Mat Osmond is a visual artist, poet and essayist and is one of the conveners of’s In Other Tongues programme. He’s a long-standing member of the RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment) research group, now part of the family and based at Dartington). Mat is Senior Lecturer on Falmouth University’s pioneering trans-disciplinary award, the MA Illustration: Authorial Practice; he also worked on its sister award the MA Art & Environment during its inspirational five-year lifespan, where the question of what ecological recovery requires of us took hold as the central thread in all his work. In 2015 Mat’s illustrated chapbook poem Fly Sings won the inaugural Michael Marks Poetry Illustration Award; his most recent project is a word-image collaboration with the poet and Dark Mountain editor Em Strang, on her widely acclaimed post-apocalyptic poem Stone. Mat’s images and words are published through his own imprint Strandline Books, as well as by Dark Mountain, Atlantic Press, and othersIn November 2016 he co-convened the 2nd Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival, where he curated two events focused on modes of conversation between visual art and poetry. Mat’s currently acting as guest art editor for the next issue of the Dark Mountain Journal, as well as working on an illustrated collection of poems and two new essays: one about the collaborative friendship between the poet Ted Hughes and the artist Leonard Baskin, and another about the paintings and writings of the American artist and sometime Benedictine nun, Meinrad Craighead.


Dr Camilla Nelson

Camilla is a poet, text-artist, researcher and collaborator across a range of disciplines.  Her collaboration with Rhys Trimble, ‘Tidal Voices’, was short-listed for the Tidal Bay Swansea Lagoon World-First Art Commission(link is external) (Cape Farewell) and her first full collection Apples & Other Languages (forthcoming with Knives Forks and Spoons) was long-listed for the 2015 Melita Hume Poetry Prize(link is external).  She is poetry editor for The Goose(link is external) and founding editor of Singing Apple Press(link is external).  Her poetry(link is external)reviews(link is external) and criticism have been published and documented in national and international magazines, journals, newspapers(link is external)books(link is external) and anthologies(link is external), in print and online.  She performs and exhibits her text-work(link is external) and research(link is external) at conferences and festivals across the UK and abroad.  Beyond her preoccupation with avant-garde poetics her research circles around intermedia and alternative approaches to knowledge formation.  She was awarded her doctorate in Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising Nature Writing as Enquiry(link is external) by Falmouth University in 2013.  She is particularly interested in plants.




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