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  • Art + Environment: True North – The story behind the image

    In 2006, photographer Gautier Deblonde joined a collective of artists and writers on a trip to Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The trip was organised by Cape Farewell, and aimed to bring creative voices together to highlight the growing climate emergency. 

    The images created on this trip launched a new body of work True North, an ongoing series that Deblonde has developed with multiple return trips to the island since, in which he is exploring the changing landscape, the melting glaciers and collaborating with climate scientists who live and work in the area.

    DACS selected one of these striking images to lead our Art + Environment series. Here Gautier shares the story behind the project.  

    24 May 2022

  • Art + Environment - Nordic Alliance of Artist’ Residencies on Climate Action (NAARCA)

    NAARCA is a collaboration between seven Nordic residencies, which focuses on the climate emergency. The Alliance is co-led by Cove Park (Cove, Scotland) and Saari Residence (Mietoinen, Finland) and includes residencies Arctic Culture Lab (Ilulissat, Greenland), Art Hub Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark), Artica Svalbard (Svalbard, Norway), Baltic Art Center (Visby, Sweden) and Skaftfell Center for Visual Art (Seyðisfjörður, Iceland).

    9 May 2022

  • Art + Environment - How can artists change the world? Richard Demarco and Joseph Beuys’ responses to the climate crisis

    Scottish artist Richard Demarco had a long artistic partnership with German artist Joseph Beuys, using their work to explore their shared values and interest in climate justice. Here, Demarco explains in his own words how his and Beuys’ political and cultural activity has engaged with the issues of climate change and ecology over time.

    27 April 2022

  • 'Being acknowledged through royalties drives us to keep going' - Artist Cos Ahmet on Payback

    Artist Cos Ahmet’s multidisciplinary practice is preoccupied by the relationship between the body and materiality. Here, he explains how the Payback scheme has made a difference to his practice and career. 

    11 April 2022

  • 'I think it's more important than ever to claim' - Photographer Owen Richards on Payback

    Photographer Owen Richards has shot commercial work for everyone from Google to The Financial Times. Here, he explains how the DACS Payback royalty scheme has helped him receive better renumeration for his earlier work, and allowed him to maintain authorship over his widely-used images for years to come. 

    9 February 2022

  • 'This is only my second year claiming and I wish I had done it earlier' - Artist Emma Hart on Payback

    Payback is a scheme which pays artists annual royalties when their artworks have been published in UK books, magazines or on TV. Here, multidisciplinary artist Emma Hart explains what the scheme has meant to her. 

    2 February 2022