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The impact of Brexit on rural communities – artist research project.

Moving image artist Gemma Burditt is currently working with Berwick Visual Arts, Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) and Institute for Creative Arts Practice to look at how leaving the EU will affect rural communities in Northumberland.

The research has focused on how Brexit will shape the future of land use and its impact on greener practices in energy production, agriculture and tourism. Over the course of the summer Gemma interviewed communities from the Northumberland area including farmers, land owners, conservation organisations and innovators of land-based businesses to find out how they predict the landscape may change and to inform a series of moving image art works in the longer term. 

At the event Gemma and representatives from CRE will discuss the research to date, asking if local communities on board and sufficiently involved in being able to make these changes to the landscape happen and how the government will manage to support and encourage a positive vision of a post Brexit future for rural communities. 

The research builds on the recently published report by the CRE ‘Brexit: Implications for the rural north of England’, led by Dr Paul Cowie.

Gemma Burditt is a moving image artist, primarily working in installation, digital books, short films, commercials, music videos and projection design. With an innovative approach to film making often crossing techniques such as animation, live action, documentary and installation. She is interested in narrative and visual storytelling, exploring how individuals negotiate their own personal journeys in a wider context of environmental change.
Year: 2019
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