Since 2004 the RANE research group (at Falmouth University until 2015) has been examining the relationship between the visual arts and ecological thinking, with the aim of contributing to a more sustainable future. Against the backdrop of accelerating environmental and economic collapse the arts are seen as a method for developing alternative models of thinking and doing. RANE is now part of the ecological arts hub based at Schumacher College.

The growing crisis that we are facing is, in large part, a systemic failure and consequently cannot be tackled with more of the same thinkingThe scale of the changes we are witnessing requires a process of radical reassessment. The arts are seen as particularly valuable in this arena as they readily use flexible, open-ended, non-linear methods to examine, explore and engage with issues and ideas.

The creative methods utilised by members of the group are not restricted to any specific medium. Indeed it is significant that, if we are to move towards sustainability, creative thinking transcends rigid boundaries imposed by a provisional structure of disciplines. For this reason the activities of the RANE group are intentionally trans-disciplinary, moving not just between the arts and humanities, but also drawing from scientific and philosophical thinking.

RANE is part of an expanding global network of creative responses to our current environmental and social crises. For further information please contact Dr Daro Montag at [email protected].

Rane has moved

In December 2015 the RANE research group relocated from its home at Falmouth University to the new arts and ecology hub at Schumacher College. Some of the existing Research Associates have continued their association with the group, and other new Associates will be... read more

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First Friday, November 4

November 4, 2016, 1:00pm - November 4, 2016, 3:30pm

Dartington Space, Dartington Hall

First Fridays are a time to gather and share - food, ideas, art, gossip. First Fridays is entirely informal: a bring-something-to-share lunch followed usually by some kind of artist presentation. Our guest artists this month is Mat Osmond, writer and illustrator. In his presentation 'Hatching a Fly' Mat will touch on some new threads of work, and will talk about the development of a recent (2015) illustrated poetry chapbook called Fly Sings, using that as a point of departure to ask people what it is that making art - in whatever form or context - makes possible. The notions of eco-art and eco-poetics both seem to imply that in some sense art helps us to deal with the 'wicked problems' that our culture presents us with. That solar panels, systems theory or permaculture help us may be easy enough to defend. What about art and poetry? What is it in us that stands in need of the help specific to these pursuits? Go to for more information. See more of his work at

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