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eARTh – Bath Spa University

eARTh explores the space between environment, the arts and education.

"With eARTh we want to address the eco emergency by reimagining hopeful futures through artistic, educational and environmental activities."

Professor Lucy English

The eARTh research group encourages imaginative and creative approaches to the climate crisis, working with children, young people and adults in cultural and educational settings and the community. We encourage a creative, reflective approach to teaching and learning so that everyone is invited to participate in creating solutions to the climate crisis.

Who we are

eARTh facilitates conversations and catalyses collaborations in research and creative practice at the intersection of:

  • Environment – ecology, conservation and sustainability
  • Education – all phases from primary to higher and further education
  • Arts – visual, digital, performing arts and creative writing

Our partners and collaborators

We have strong links with other research groups, projects and organisations including:


3 November 2021: Launch of eARTh during COP26 with talks on the role of art and education in environmental action in India
  • 'Compound Tera - Plastic Ka Mela', Sharmila Samant and Ben Parry, (Compound 13)
  • 'Jol-a-Bhumir Golpo O Katha - Stories of the Wetland', Nobina Gupta and Saptarshi Mitra, (Disappearing Dialogues).

Online event, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. 

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Our people

  • Penny Hay is an artist educator, Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Research Fellow, Bath Spa University and Director of Research, House of Imagination. Signature projects include School Without Walls and Forest of Imagination and the AHRC Research project ‘Rethinking waste: Compound 13 Lab’.
  • Lucy English is Professor of Creative Enterprise. She is co-director of the Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival. She is currently working on a poetry film series on environmental destruction – one of these films was screened at Queens World and the US International Migration and Environmental film festival.
Members and participants
  • Stephanie Greshon is the Programme Leader for Bath Spa's BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree and is currently focused on developing the student community across disciplines. She is actively involved in Public Engagement and Outreach projects across Somerset.
  • Lydia Halcrow’s artistic research focuses on collaborative and experimental embodied processes that make with a place to form matter maps that re-map a landscape in the context of the unfolding climate crisis.
  • Disappearing Dialogues Collective (dD) works in different communities and social groups through interdisciplinary arts practices. The core areas of dD’s focus lie at the intersection of education, environment and innovative arts practices – using collaborative processes that lead to transformative trajectories of experience, knowledge sharing, awareness building and youth empowerment.
    Nobina Gupta is a socially-engaged artist, educator and founding Director of Disappearing Dialogues Collective.
    Saptarshi Mitra is an architect, development practitioner and Partner of Disappearing Dialogues Collective.

Photo credit: Lydia Halcrow – Rust Recordings (abandoned ships Taw Estuary), 2019

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