Once There Was a Bear Here

Amy Dover (Artist)

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Abstract / Description of output

Amy Dover, a researcher in illustration, design and ecology in the Centre
for Culture and Creativity took part in a pilot artist in residence scheme for Natural England on community engagement and nature connectedness. Amy developed two workshops for this; Extinction Bingo which took place at Breckon Hill Community Centre in Middlesbrough and Grangetown Library in Redcar & Cleveland, and Erasing Lost Animals Workshop at Newcastle Contemporary Art (NCA). The bingo workshop is an introductory experience based on the popular game but using images of animals (called out in order of extinction), designed for those with no or minimal experience of art activities and/or with attention, language, or mobility barriers to participation. In the second workshop, a large life size drawing of the extinct (from Britain) brown bear that was created over a number of months by Amy is erased by the group as a communal activity, building an emotional response to our collective responsibility. The vulnerable groups for the bingo workshops could not be shared publicly, however the bear erasure was shared widely across social media and received just under 1,000,000 views so far. In the feedback, all participants said they would take part in nature recovery after the workshop.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNatural England
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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