Treestory was a New Leaf Sustainable Development Community engagement program in Herefordshire as part of Treeline, our artist commission and event program.
Treestory was delivered in partnership with Salt road, it was funded by the Youth Social Action Fund through the Herefordshire Community Foundation.
Treeline was our artist commission project spans the rural and the urban linking artists with people and places across the West Midlands. Including moving image, drawing, performance, film, installation, painting and relational engaged practice
The tree line, like lake boundaries, appears well-defined from a distance, but upon sufficiently close inspection it is a gradual transition. Trees grow shorter towards the inhospitable climate until they simply stop growing. Wikipedia
New Leaf commissioned six artists to make new artworks in response to global environmental change and biomimicry. Also working with Academic research partners and natural heritage archives and woodland, the project created:
- Six artworks.
- A national exhibition tour.
- A series of inter-generational and participator workshops talks and events in Herefordshire and the midlands.
- Exhibitions incorporating the work of another 12 artists.
Treeline is New Leaf’s Arts Council England funded Biomimicry and Biophilia art activism & science commissioning exhibition and seminar programme. The project links with government departments NGOs and Universities through the Biophilic City Program, sustainability NGOs, artists arts organisations and universities in the Midlands with the South West, Mid-Wales, the Basque Country and Oslo.
Treeline is art Biophilia Biomimicry program, we commission 6 artists, engage 360 participants, curated exhibitions and market the program across arts, academic and sustainability networks.Over 50 Fine Art and Film Students engaged with the project at the University of Worcester and Hereford College of Arts and subsequently made work for Treeline exhibitions at Queenswood for h.Energy Festival and at our Treeline exhibition doing Borderlines Film Festival.
We commissioned the following artists to make new work:
Jaime Jackson – Moving image installations and relational practice.
Sally Payen –Installation digital and paintings.
Justin Wiggan – AV, performance and film.
Laurie Ramsell – Digital installation.
Anna Francis – Film and community participation brown field banquet.
Jenna Naylor – drawings and mixed media installation (graduate commission)
We held nine Treeline exhibitions of the commissioned work and participants work made through relational practice in Festivals including Borderlines festival 2017, h.Energy sustainability festival 2016 and 2017, River Carnival Hereford 2017, Latitude Festival 2017, Sluice Art Biennial London, 2017, Green Man Festival 2017and the Courtyard Gallery Hereford 2018.
The project has developed now to be a New Leaf art partnership network between New Art West Midlands Birmingham/ the Midlands, RAW CIC in Wales, i-DAT Plymouth, PNEK Oslo (Production Network for Electronic Art, Norway) and Technarte Bilbao http://www.technarte.org/