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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967

Arts and The Environment Network

Putting creativity at the heart of environmental policy and action

In 2007, CIWEM launched a major new strategic programme on Arts and the Environment with the formation of the Arts and Environment Network.

The programme includes leading and influencing national policy dialogues on the subject, and building strong new alliances for an increasingly shared agenda. Key advocacy messages and recommended actions are directed at broadening these efforts, and at seeking greater cross-sectoral coherence of policy thinking. For a rationale of the network please see the Network's Policy Position Statement on Arts and the Environment.

We Assert!

The AEN and its associates has for some time wished to declare its diverse interests, beliefs and intentions. This has now been realised in the production of
We Assert! A Manifesto

Taking its inspiration from historic manifestos of political and artistic intent, this collection of texts and images presents the intensely personal, the deeply philosophical, and the clearly articulated ideas, frustration, anger, love, pain and hope for our futures.

Collaborative examples

The Network is particularly keen to help spread the word about interesting case experiences of using the arts to address environmental issues in the UK and overseas. We will research and feature work on the collaborative examples page from all arts disciplines, in order to help promote creative approaches to the environmental challenges we all face. Please let us know of examples of projects and initiatives you have come across, or been involved in, which offer useful experiences and inspiration for others, including 'lessons learned'.

The Nick Reeves Award for Arts and the Environment

The AEN has also launched a high-profile Arts and the Environment Award, in association with the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), to recognise innovation and excellence in work by arts practitioners or environmentalists engaging with arts practices. The award was previously named the AWEinspiring! Award. 

For further details and past winners, please see the Nick Reeves Award page.

Meet the Steering Group

The Arts and Environment Network Steering Group meet every few months to discuss how CIWEM can bring creativity into the heart of environmental practices and actions. We wish to include all CIWEM members and stakeholders in this process, so if you would like to get involved please email The current steering group includes:

Dave Pritchard

Dave Pritchard is an influential figure in contemporary agendas on art and the environment.  In a 25-year career based mainly at the RSPB, BirdLife International's partner organisation in the UK, and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat in Switzerland, he has had roles as international legal and policy specialist, advocate, book author, senior manager and board director.

Dave is a Board Member of the UK Government's Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and also served two terms on the Board of Wetlands International.  He has had a particularly long and central association with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; and has played roles in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, in the governing bodies and technical committees of other Conventions, and in UNESCO.

In relation to cultural issues, Dave acts as an independent consultant, and persistently champions the building of stronger links between the worlds of environmental policy, cultural heritage and the creative arts.  He is a practising artist, writer, researcher, member of several arts-sector working groups and Boards, and project adviser/collaborator in a number of pioneering environmental arts initiatives.


David Haley

Ecological artist, David Haley, believes our ability to survive Climate Change is the enactment of an evolutionary narrative. As the dance of creation and destruction, also, demands new opportunities and meanings for the other side of collapse, his inquiries into the nature of water, whole systems ecology and integral critical futures thinking inform his arts practice, education and community developments.

Haley is the Senior Research Fellow in MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design) at Manchester Metropolitan University.  He is a founding member of SEA: Social and Environmental Arts Research Centre, Director, A&E [art&ecology] Research Unit and he leads the award winning MA Art As Environment programme.  His career has included community and European touring theatre, celebratory arts with Welfare State International and commercial work in new product design, conference and audio visual production.

Haley is an active member of the eco-arts network, and Director of the International Institute for Art and the Environment and Harrison Studio & Associates (UK).  He is, also, a Fellow of the RSA and member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College. Haley is on the Board of International Advisors for Bamboo Culture International and editorial committees of Cultura21, MAiA (Music and Arts in Action Journal) and the Public Art & Urban Design Observatory.


Alastair Moseley

Alastair is the Water Sector Director for international consultant, WSP Group, directing the water capability of the business and developing a wide portfolio of services for the integrated management of water. In a career spanning over twenty-five years in civil engineering and environmental management, Alastair's wide portfolio of experience embraces sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS); hydrology and hydrogeology; river system analysis; flood risk assessment and environmental protection;  rainfall analysis and catchment response;  sewage and water treatment;  integrated water management; water and wastewater networks; water industry asset management; water resources and water industry strategy planning.

In addition to his role as WSP UK Water Sector Director, Alastair is a council member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management sitting on the Joint Professional and Engineering Boards, and becomes President of the Institution in September 2008. He is also a member of the ICE West Midlands Management team.

Outside of working hours he is an active musician, playing clarinet with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and piano at recitals and concerts around the country. He is keen to bring music into his Presidential Year with CIWEM and promote musical events that will inspire education and understanding about water and environment affairs.


Daro Montag


Clive Adams

Clive Adams' career began at Arnolfini/Bristol and now spans almost 40 years, during which time he has curated dozens of contemporary and historical exhibitions which have focussed on our place within nature.  These have ranged from David Nash to J.M.W.Turner.

As Director of Mostyn Art Gallery in the late 80s, he supervised its restoration, establishing it as Wales' leading exhibition space.  As an independent curator, he has worked in Japan and Korea.  An exhibition curated for The Lowry, 'The Impossible View' won the Museums and Heritage Award for Best UK Temporary Exhibition.  He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and External Panel Reader for the MA Art and Environment Course at University College Falmouth.

In 2006 he founded a Project Space in Haldon Forest Park near Exeter, being the first phase of the development of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World.  CCANW now attracts around 40,000 visitor/participants a year and its programmes have ranged from those promoting the use of timber in architecture to eco-fashion.  Forthcoming programmes will explore 'Games People Play', 'Soil Culture' and 'Islam, Nature and the Arts'.


Roger Key


Richard Povall

Richard Povall is a composer and digital artist, and was until 2006 a co-director of dance-theatre company half/angel. In 1997 with his partner Nancy Sinclair, Richard co-founded Aune Head Arts where he now leads on development.

Richard is a digital artist, composer and researcher who has been working with new technologies for the past three decades. His work, which includes interactive screen based work, custom electronics and interface design, video and installation as well as music for dance and theatre, has been shown internationally.  

He has held senior research fellowships at Dartington College of Arts and Middlesex University, and was Director of Contemporary Music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio in the 1990s.  He holds a PhD from the University of Plymouth. He is an Aune Head Arts Trustee, and has served on numerous Boards, including Dance South West and Organic Arts, and chairing Soundart Radio and Dance in Devon, the Dance Development Agency for Devon.  His research interests now centre around developing new technologies for installation, and Arts & Ecology. He led the MA Arts & Ecology at the former Dartington College of Arts (now part of University College Falmouth) from 2008-10. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


James Brady

Based in Merseyside, England, James is an inter-disciplinary artist, activist and independent curator of eco-cultural activity. Through his diverse practice he endeavours to reveal creative patterns embodied within our symbiosis with places, environments and 'natural systems'. Very often his artworks address, abstractly, what is commonly perceived and all too often misinterpreted, as an anthropocentric distinction between the 'natural' (organic) and the 'human-made' (artificial).

The ecological possibilities of 'life as art as life as evolution' is what fascinates and inspires James. What drives his activity as a curator, is a desire to connect people, ideas and actions in order to create emerging relationships in our world that might otherwise remain unrealised. 
James' curatorial practice is an integral extension and evolution of his artistic activity. In recent years he have curated exhibitions and collaborative projects with organisations such as Liverpool Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the BBC and CIWEM (Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management). He is the former Co-founder and Curator of High Tide UK, an independent, non-profit environmental arts initiative.
He is one of the few curators in the UK whose practice is engaged primarily in 'arts, ecology and sustainability'. Characteristics of his curatorial activity include inter-disciplinarity, collaboration and commissioning. Currently he is an Associate of the CIWEM Arts and Environment Network. From 1997 to 2005 he worked in the UK museums and galleries sector, primarily with collections, archives and exhibitions. His academic and early professional background is in Art History/Theory, and Museology.


Platform's tribute to Nick Reeves is available here.


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