Art and Energy inspires a drawing class in Crediton, Devon

by Naomi Wright



It is the beginning of term and we stand about discussing our theme for our classes ahead. I suggest art and energy, it interests me for all sorts of reasons. I say I am helping with similar themed workshops with some college students outdoors as part of Regensw’s art and energy programme. I wonder whether it will interest the class. We think about the wide range of meanings for energy. Energy is everything, I say, remembering a recent workshop. In a physical sense, binding the molecules of our being, energy fixed from the sun, in the movement of a river, the heat from a fire, in our food, in the every-day. We have our own energy, in the spirit of the land, in leylines, in happiness, in despair.


So the term at Crediton arts centre has taken this as a theme…. A couple of us are working with an old luccombe oak that has had to be cut down in the local park. We think of the power within, the height and weight of it, the history in it, the energy held beneath in the ground. The dying energy, used by fungus, the last of the leaves to be photosynthisising.

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The tree………..


Eileen’s tree

Others in the class discuss their drawings through the eye of an energy lens. Lines are energetic, directioned, growing. The still life is far from still as vegetation takes on a new meaning, pots spin, and all the senses are enlivened.


Rebecca’s pots

We’re all curious in how this will progress…  Pat especially, as she has ideas for some new installations.


Naomi Wright is an artist who collaboratively researches the benefits of being outdoors in the elements.  In sunshine, wind, or rain she maps and constructs places, things and conversations that make the most of our ecological interplay.


The Future Men present ‘Power, Death & Money’ 26th October 2016


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Is your future one full of pant-filling fear? Or are you an eternally glass half-full optimist? Do you lie awake at night in a cold sweat of trepidation about what tomorrow might bring? Or are you bouncing up and down on the bed in sleepless excitement of what’s to come? With Donald Trump as a US Presidential candidate and Nigel Farage applying for German citizenship is this the end of days? Or is there a warm flicker of fiery future hope from the dismally damp blanket of now? Who’s got the power today? How might that change? What kills more of us than anything else? And who makes the loot? Plus what links zombies and the Jeremy Kyle Show?

We’ll be wrestling with these questions and many more…

Join us and our special mystery guests for a rampage through the frustrations of today as we attempt to scramble up into the foothills of somewhere we’re all hopefully going to live – a better tomorrow! Entry fee includes a specially themed free cocktail…we can’t tell you the theme (as that would give the game away) but it will be delicious. And the whole event will also be carbon neutral via Stand for Trees.

Future Team Productions is Ed Gillespie (Co-Founder, and author ‘Only Planet’) and Mark Stevenson (Co-Founder WeDoThingsDifferently and author ‘Optimists Tour of the Future’). So-called ‘futurists’, seasoned sustainability types and occasional comedians.


Wed, October 26, 2016

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM BST

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The Metabolic Landscape, Gina Glover, Geof Rayner & Jessica Rayner


Perception, practice and the energy transition.

Published in 2015, The Metabolic Landscape is a beautifully illustrated, fascinating and engaging exploration of the unfolding relationship between energy and the landscape, and our interpretation of it.
Humankinds search for more powerful sources of energy to sustain an urbanising existence has created an energy transition that, while hugely beneficial to human existence, is now being identified as a source of harm. Just as metabolic disease refers to energy-sourced medical problems, so too the planet, the authors propose, is showing increasing signs of metabolic distress.