'The Deep Wealth of this Nation'

A discussion led by Anne Douglas & Mark Hope

As part of Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) Summerhall Residency, join Anne Douglas & Mark Hope as they discuss the project ‘The Deep Wealth of this Nation, Scotland’

Thursday 15 August @ 8pm

Summerhall Lower Galleries

1 Summerhall Place



The presentation will explore a single artwork by Newton Harrison, The Deep Wealth of this Nation, Scotland (2017), which calls for a commons of natural resources and ‘the mind’.

In 2017, Newton Harrison (1932-) of the Centre for the Study of the Force Majeure, University of California in Santa Cruz, responded to an invitation from the Barn to support the engagement of diverse communities with climate change. The work positions the health of the life web at the centre of future action through five interrelated commons: water, soil, air, forestry and, importantly, commons of mind i.e. the need for human beings to reach a common understanding of how to support all life on our planet.

The presentation will explore in what ways The Deep Wealth, in the context of a fifty-year art ecology practice, addresses XR’s three demands: to speak the truth, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt biodiversity loss, and to create Citizens Assemblies to inform governance.

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Anne Douglas is a Trustee and Co-chair of Woodend Arts Limited, a not-for-profit company which runs the Barn in Banchory, Aberdeenshire. She is also co-founder of On the Edge Research with Chris Fremantle, investigating the role of the artist in public life, including art and ecology.

Mark Hope is a Trustee and Co-chair of Woodend Arts Limited. Formerly a director in the oil industry in the 1990/2000s and a member of the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Sub Committee on Sustainability (2000-2).

This event is part of Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) Summerhall Residency, 25 July - 25 August 2019. A month of visual art, installation, film, theatre, spoken word, poetry, live art, performance, workshops, talks and more - all engaging with XR’s core three demands and questioning how we respond to the global climate and ecological emergency. XR’s demands are as follows: that the government tells the truth on the climate and ecological emergency, that the government acts now to reduce biodiversity loss and commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2025, and that the government creates a Citizens Assembly to oversee the changes.