Gathering for a Future

Enjoy a unique opportunity to share the stories of your local Cornish ecology with peers in conversation and making with ecological artist Pete Ward ( and Senior Politics Lecturer Dr Joanie Willett. Through a dynamic afternoon of guided activities, we will explore the potential of the organic materials on our doorsteps to re-imagine our local communities and add their voices to the political process. The workshop will culminate in a communal digital collage to represent a shared vision for the future.

Please note: This event is of particular interest for people who live in Cornwall as it will be covering local issues.

Based on a simple show and tell process you will be invited to share your ideasthrough objects gathered in your local environment, make drawings and sculptures using gathered materials and reflect upon the role of ecology in contemporary political process. The event will be documented and shared as an online exhibition and pdf booklet.

Due to COVID this popular event has been reformed for an ONLINE format.

You will need:

  • Internet connection and device with ZOOM conference capability
  • A digital or mobile phone camera
  • Space and paper to draw, paint and make in
  • Before the Zoom event, you will need to take some time to find objects (for example; stones, leaves, soil, old pottery) from your local environment that resonate with you. You will also need mark-making and sculptural materials such as coloured rocks, soils and clays, sticks, discarded charcoal, berries and leaves. 
  • No artistic experience required

2 – 4:30 P.M. LIVE ON ZOOM

This European Researchers’ Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.


Pete Ward


Artist statement: My practice as an artist is rooted in a sense of our evolving relationships within the animate earth. Art, as a reflective interdisciplinary process, is the means through which I investigate and share these relationships. It is one means through which we may enrich our life experience. It is an intimate response to the social and ecological conditions of our age. My work is shared through painting, workshops, installations and presentations.