Event / 4 Nov – 21 May 2024

Landscapes for the future? Digital Panel Discussion, Chaired by Jamie Owen

Mike Perry

Landscapes for the future?  Digital Panel Discussion, Chaired by Jamie Owen
© Mike Perry

Can we re-imagine a low-carbon future where rural communities and nature can both thrive? In his photographic exhibition Land/Sea, Mike Perry questions how Britain currently manages its protected landscapes for climate and biodiversity. Coinciding with COP26, Jamie Owen joins the artist Mike Perry, Dr Sarah Beynon, conservationist and founder of St Davids Bug Farm, Ian Rickman, Deputy President of Farmers Union Wales and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Member, Dr Rosie Plummer. Hear these expert voices debate the challenges ahead, the changes that can make a difference, and how we can benefit from restoring nature.

About Artist

Portrait of Mike Perry

Mike Perry

Mike Perry’s photographs examine the interactions of landscapes, nature and industrial society. Over the last 20 years his practice has focused on Britain’s National Parks and increasingly the immediate surroundings of Pembrokeshire where he lives and works, questioning the romantic mythology of national parks as areas of wilderness and natural beauty. He uses large format photography in order to simultaneously capture the painterly tones and aesthetic qualities of the landscape’s surface as well as detailing the impacts of humanity’s exploitation of nature for commercial gains. Series of smaller photographs show objects found in the landscape at 1:1 scale, capturing the effect of natural processes on the surfaces of industrially produced materials. Discussing the tension between the seductive surfaces and worrying content of his work, he commented that ‘as well as highlighting the overconsumption and pollution they show nature’s ability to shape our world whether we humans are here or not’.