Some:when is a collaboration between artists Seila Fernández Arconada and Jethro Brice with community groups in the Somerset Moors and Levels.
Seila Fernández Arconada
Seila Fernández Arconada is a multidisciplinary artist-researcher based in Bristol (UK). She has an BA-MA Fine Art, distinction 2009) from the University of the Basque Country and an MA Fine Art from UWE, Bristol (distinction, 2012).
She co-directs The Land of the Summer People, a multidisciplinary collaborative project with the Water Engineering Department, Bristol University, funded by EPSRC. She is currently working on Some:When, a collaborative-socially engaged project with the artist Jethro Brice. Both projects focus on climate change looking at flooding in Somerset and receive funding from the Somerset Community Foundation. She has delivered numerous cross-disciplinary workshops and interventions, recent examples include: AGU International Conference on Resilience in place?: Just do it?! Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places, Groningen, and On Earth, Plymouth.
Seila also co-directs the collective Functional Collaborative Futures and Mixing Fields, an interdisciplinary collaborative platform with art and non-art specialists and has been an artist selected at Transnational Dialogues, an International cross-media platform. She has received grants from European Alternatives and the Artists’ International Fund of the British Council and Arts Council England for 2014.
She has exhibited internationally, currently exhibiting at Imagined Landscapes at the Royal West of England Academy.
Jethro Brice works across media and fields of professional practice, to elicit more inclusive and horizontal understandings of changeable landscapes. He graduated in Environmental art at the Glasgow School of art in 2006 (BA hons, with distinction), and from an MSc in Human geography at the University of Bristol in 2015. He currently entwines a lively contemporary art practice with doctoral studies in Cultural geography at the University of Bristol.
Jethro uses found materials and borrowed languages to elicit layered histories of place through drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. His research interests encompass politics of nature, displacement and belonging, more-than-human animal and landscape geographies, and the use of creative and experimental methods. His doctoral project is on the intersection of human and nonhuman animal cultures, as mobilised in the figure of the common crane (Grus grus) at two wetland sites in southern England and the north of Israel/Palestine.
Recent exhibitions include The Power of the Sea at the Royal West of England Academy and The Water Knows All My Secrets at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. He is now working with Seila Fernandez Arconada on Some:when, a socially-engaged project for the Somerset Moor and Levels, supported by a grant from the Somerset Community Foundation. Current academic affiliations include the Figure in the Landscape Research Cluster (SWWDTP), Beastly Histories (University of Bristol), and Between the Tides, an exchange between U. Glos and U. Gröningen.