Environment and Sustainability Artists in Residence Online

20 Mar 2021 - 23 Jun 2021

The Collection Museum is delighted to host Fiona Carruthers and Conohar Scott as our two Environment and Sustainability Artists in Residence Online.

Fiona Carruthers will use this residency to continue her on-going exploration of the challenges that rising water levels pose to us all, particularly focusing on local inland and coastal Lincolnshire landscapes. Carruthers will also use this period of time to test new ways of creating work for online audiences.
Conohar Scott will use this residency to explore how his existing body of work, including photography of sites in Derbyshire and Wales, could be experienced online, experimenting with virtual gallery spaces. He will also spend time on his on-going project exploring the impacts of industrialisation in Portovesme, Sardinia, a project he aims to exhibit in Sardinia in 2022, and feeding into research on the role of art in environmental justice at the newly formed LINCEJ (Lincoln Centre for Ecological Justice).
The online residencies will run from the 20th March to 30th June 2020. During this period, you will be able to view and experience their online content via this webpage and across our social media platforms.
The two artists have been invited to be our Environment and Sustainability Artists in Residence Online as part of The Collection Museum's Environment and Sustainability season, running from spring 2021 – spring 2022 and bringing together exhibitions, events and learning projects across the site and online.
The grand finale of this season will be an exhibition of Luke Jerram's Gaia in spring 2022.
This season coincides with the launch of Lincolnshire County Council's Green Master Plan. More information here.


Meet the Artists, Online Event

30th June, 5.30pm - 7pm

This event marks the culmination of the Environment and Sustainability Artists in Residence Online. Join us to discuss the artists' work, what they have been focusing on during their residencies and the next steps for their practice. 

Register your interest here or copy and paste this email address thecollection@lincolnshire.gov.uk and let us know you would like to book a place. This event will be held on Zoom and you will receive a link to join 1 hour before the event starts. 


Fiona Carruthers' multi-disciplinary practice has at its centre a desire to acknowledge our uncertain futures and an understanding that we urgently need to prepare, adapt and reimagine new ways of thinking and being. Her work is also informed by her own physical disability and post-traumatic growth, both outcomes of surviving local flooding. Often playing with ideas of material significance, scale and uncertainty, Carruthers creates propositions which invite us to think about what it means to be human and what the future might look like. 

Conohar Scott is an artist and photographer interested in the representation of industrial pollution in photography, and the application of art as a tool for environmental advocacy. As part of his artistic practice, Scott runs Environmental Resistance, an online repository of polluted spaces. Here he works in collaboration with researchers in environmental science, computing, law, geography, linguistics, graphic design, and in partnership with environmental activist networks, the repository exists to raise awareness about incidents of industrial pollution and to campaign for ecological justice. Scott is a Senior Lecturer in photographic theory and a practicing artist at the School of Film & Media, University of Lincoln.


This project has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England.

Image credit: Banner showing extract of Albion Fields by Fiona Carruthers, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.