An Ecobardic Manifesto: A Vision for the Arts in an Time of
Environmental Crisis
(with Fire Springs)
What is the raison d’être of the arts in an age of global ecological crisis? In
this audacious document, Fire Springs present a new vision for the arts, one
that holds together commitment to artistic integrity and craftsmanship with
responsiveness to the peculiar challenges of our time. Foremost among
those challenges are the strained relationship between human beings and
the ecosystem we inhabit and the vital need to sustain empathy for that which
is other than ourselves. Fundamental to the arts’ task in such an age is a
willingness to embrace contradiction, not least the deepening polarisation
between scientific and economic materialism and metaphysical sources of
meaning and hope. This pamphlet is a clarion call to everyone working in the
arts today who wants their efforts to make a difference.
"makes its case very well indeed" - Lindsay Clarke
“a deep and inspiring document” - Molly Scott Cato, Transition Stroud

Art Theory/Literary Criticism ISBN 978-1-906900-07-6  Awen Publications

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