Qube Arts
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Oswald Road, Oswestry Shropshire, SY11 1RB
West Midlands

The Mosses and Marshes project spans two countries, both with Ramsar listed wetlands of international importance. It brings together artists, land managers and scientists to reimagine the future of these landscapes and the place they have in our communities.

Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith began working together via the international art programme, Arts Territory Exchange.  They each researched and made many visits to make field recordings in their respective wetlands at the Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses (UK) and Macquarie Marshes (Australia).  Their individual and collaborative work reflects local differences and shared global challenges for these fragile environments on opposite sides of the planet.

Further details:

The Mosses and Marshes project is funded by Arts Council England and supported by the Marches Mosses BogLIFE project.

Alongside the exhibition, the Mosses and Marshes book goes beyond the artworks, allowing the collaborating artists to expand on themes in texts and an array of beautiful images.  Edited by Dr Liz Charpleix, with a foreword by Dave Pritchard (Ramsar Culture Network), the book features contributions from the artists, exhibition curators Gudrun Filipska (UK) and Jamie-Lea Trindall (AUS), ecologists, land managers, cultural specialists and local communities.

Other project events in October/November 2021:

  • Artist talk online, 9am, 14th October 2021
  • Art Trail of sound and sculptures at Whixall Moss
  • peat-surface-sky: an exhibition by Wem Youth Club
  • Wem Sound Trail of the Mosses
  • Online International Panel Discussion, 11th November 2021:
    Alternative ways of understanding and valuing special environments to help shape their future


Kim is an environmental artist and content producer based in the Central West of NSW, Australia. She has 30 years of experience working across rural and regional Australia in media and marketing communications, and as an artist with a keen interest in the environment and sustainable regional futures. She is the founder of eco-arts project platform, ecoPULSE. Kim spent a year in correspondence with Andrew Howe and desktop researching wetland ecologies prior to undertaking a year of field trips between February 2020 and February 2021. This exhibition is the result of that work.

Kim acknowledges and respects the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which she works and lives.

ANDREW HOWE (Shrewsbury, UK)

Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist and project manager working solo and in collaboration with other practitioners and community groups.  He uses walking and mapping to explore how people interact with places, informed by experience of over 30 years in engineering and environmental consulting. His practice includes painting, collage, photography, printmaking, books, and digital media.