In Our Hands

Exploring environmental values and responsibility through artistic expression

In Our Hands explores notions of environmental responsibility and stewardship through creative arts practices that engage people in contemplating the cultural and personal value of natural resources with a particular focus on WATER. OSJ musicians, in partnership with educational institutions (e.g. Univ of Oxford Environmental Change Institute, Oxford Climate Society), local artists and poets (e.g. Merlin Porter, Ali Avery, the Tandem Collective), would engage students in several Oxfordshire schools, or OYAP, in discussions and artistic projects aimed at fostering awareness and personal reflection. The artistic response may take the form of poetry, visual art or music, and in some cases will involve responding to others’ artistic expressions of environmental values. The project will culminate with a concert at the Ashmolean Museum where student artworks and poetry will be on display (potential for some poems to be read aloud during the concert) and musical contributions will be integrated into the concert programme (where appropriate) or available for listening in the breaks or via online links. The concert will feature standard orchestral repertoire that has been inspired by the natural environment as well as new works by up and coming women composers related to environmental issues. During the concert, audience members (adults and children) will be invited to respond to the music by composing their own haikus. These haikus will either be submitted via smartphone or be handed to stewards who will immediately input them into format so that they can projected on a screen available for viewing during the interval and after the concert.