Active energy (2007 - 2020)

Leeson, Loraine ORCID: (2020) Active energy (2007 - 2020). [Portfolio]

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Active Energy is a conceptual arts-led research project involving interdisciplinary and intergenerational engagement. A creative arts facilitation process has been used to tap into community expertise and support seniors and young people in exploring how renewable energy can benefit their East London community.

The project was instigated twelve years ago by artist and researcher Dr. Loraine Leeson to explore why the life experience of older people had been failing to inform new developments in technology. Work with a seniors group The Geezers at an AgeUK centre led to a focus on renewable energy identified by the group since older people could often not afford to heat their homes, while the tidal River Thames nearby was not being tapped for its energy potential. Initial work included low-cost turbines developed for tide and wind, together with exhibitions and conference presentations in the UK and USA. Each stage in the project used the arts to draw out local knowledge and bring these ideas to public attention to inform wider discourse.

Since 2016 work has focused on the creation and installation of floating water wheels in a Thames tidal basin and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, supported by AHRC and Lottery amongst other sources of funding. Tidal flow has been harnessed to drive a pump that oxygenates the water to keep fish alive at times of high pollution. An educational programme for secondary school and college students has run alongside this work and celebrated at a public event in the Park in 2019. Canal and River Trust are proposing taking over the latest wheel and replicating it for other sites. Both this organisation and the secondary school wish to incorporate the learning materials from the project into their future curricula.

Active energy - a socially engaged project, process-based with a series of interconnected outputs:

- Leeson, Loraine (2020) Geezer power: the Active Energy project.
In: Culture, community and climate: conversations and emergent praxis. Povall, Richard, ed., Dartington, UK. ISBN 9780995719644.

- Leeson, Loraine (2020) Active energy - visual narrative.

- Leeson, Loraine (2019) Active Energy: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park -
communities countering climate change - project installation.

- Leeson, Loraine (2018) Water power: creativity and the unlocking of community knowledge.
In: Water, meaning and creativity: understanding human-water relationships. Roberts, Liz
and Phillips, Katherine, eds. Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management .
Routledge, pp. 23-35. ISBN 9781138087668. (doi:10.4324/9781315110356-2)

- Leeson, Loraine (2018) Active energy: pedagogy as practice. In: Provocations, pedagogy, and
other strategies for teaching ecological art. Geffen, Amara and Pindell, Deanna, eds.
New Village Press, New York. . (Accepted/In press)

- Leeson, Loraine (2017) Active energy: Three Mills - project launch.

- Leeson, Loraine (2016) Active Energy. In: Feeding the Insatiable: a creative summit,
09-11 Nov 2016, Dartington Hall, Devon, England.

- Leeson, Loraine (2015) Case study: engaging older people in creative thinking: the Active Energy project.
In: Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing: International perspectives on practice,
policy and research. Clift, Stephen and Camic, Paul M., eds. Oxford University Press, pp. 245-250.
ISBN 9780199688074. (doi:10.1093/med/9780199688074.003.0030)

- Leeson, Loraine (2015) Active energy - London: capital / climate / culture.
In: Deadline@Tate, 4-6 Dec 2015, Tate Modern.

- Leeson, Loraine and Light, Ann (2014) Citizen innovation: DIY design and the Thames water turbine.
In: Creative Citizens, 18-19 September 2014, Royal College of Art, London.

- Leeson, Loraine (2014) Active Energy - where art and engineering meet.
In: CAA 102nd Annual Conference, 12th-15th February 2014, Chicago.

- Leeson, Loraine (2017) Active energy - Three Mills water wheel.

- Leeson, Loraine (2007) Active Energy web site.

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- Leeson, Loraine (2019) Social action and the arts - in statutory, further and higher
education, 1992 – 2019.
In: Social Action and the Arts, 09 Oct 2019, WE Schools, 14 Bowden Street, SW11 4DS. .

- Leeson, Loraine (2019) Art as a tool for social change:
The Docklands Community Poster Project and its legacy.
In: Royal l Docks l Works, 22 Jun 2019,
The Good Hotel, Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1FA. .

- Leeson, Loraine (2019) Participation and collaboration in contemporary art practices.
In: Construir complicitats: Pràctiques artístiques col·laboratives [BUILDING COMPLICITIES:
Collaborative artistic practices], 30 May 2019, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona. . (Accepted/In press)

- Leeson, Loraine (2019) From photo-murals to water wheels: a role for art in strategies of change.
For Walls with Tongues. In: For Walls with Tongues: an oral history of Street Murals 1966-1985,
14 May 2019, University of Greenwich, London, UK. ISBN 97818701000610.

- Leeson, Loraine (2018) Situated art practice and strategies for change in London’s East End.
In: Symposium: Communalities, Urbanities and Artistic Commonalities,
05 June 2018, Birkbeck University of London, London, UK. .

- Leeson, Loraine (2018) Co-creation as a strategy for change.
In: Co-Creation: Creativity-Based Methods to Engage with Communities,
24 May 2018, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom.

- Leeson, Loraine (2017) Confluence: Public Art and the Thames / A Conversation with Six Artists.
In: Totally Thames Festival, 11th September 2017, Thames Tunnel Shaft, Brunel Museum. .

- Leeson, Loraine (2016) The Docklands Community Poster Project and other
creative approaches to regeneration. In: Top down meets bottom up in post-industrial regeneration:
Good practice and challenges in participatory approaches to community engagement in city planning
20-21 Jan 2017, Riverside Museum, Glasgow.

- Leeson, Loraine (2016) Collaborative art activism – a UK perspective.
In: Public Exposures: the art - activism of condé + beveridge (1976 - 2016),
27-29 May 2016, OCAD University, Toronto. . (Accepted/In press)

- Leeson, Loraine (2015) Community arts? Learning from the legacy of artists' social initiatives.
In: Liverpool Biennal, 9 July – 16 October, Liverpool, United Kingdom. .

- Leeson, Loraine (2015) Community collaborations 1978-2015.
In: Community Arts? Learning from the legacy of artists’ social initiatives, 01 Nov 2015, The Black-e, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

- Leeson, Loraine (2014) Reflections on an art and politics of social engagement.
In: The Impossible Constellation, 2nd-3rd June 2014, University of Lincoln. .

- Leeson, Loraine (2014) Re-thinking (e)valuation.
In: Art, Recognition and Social Science: Re-Thinking (E)valuation, 16th May 2014, Central Library, Liverpool. .

- Leeson, Loraine (2014) Art as a force for change. In: Curating Community?
The Relational and Agonistic Value of Participatory Arts in Superdiverse Localities,
1st May 2014, Centre For Creative Collaboration, London.

- Leeson, Loraine (2014) Some lessons learned on the art and politics of
social engagement 1978 – 2013. In: The Tetley Feast,
8th January - 12th February 2014, The Tetley, Leeds.

Item Type: Portfolio
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Socially Engaged Practices cluster
Item ID: 28504
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Depositing User: Loraine Leeson
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 21:10
Last Modified: 12 May 2020 09:24

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