Networks and Collaborations
Some of the external networks in which the School participates are listed below.
The creative practice-led research network LAND2 (“land squared”) – formally LAN2D) – was started in 2002 by Dr. Iain Biggs (UWE Bristol) and Dr. Judith Tucker (Leeds) as a national network of artist / lecturers and research students with an interest in landscape / place-oriented art practice. Following the expansion of the network, they invited Mary Modeen (Dundee) to join the coordination group.
Mapping Spectral Traces is a trans-disciplinary, international group of scholars, practitioners, community leaders and artists who work with and in traumatized communities, contested lands and diverse environments. As part of a commitment to socially engaged creative practice, network members have worked collaboratively and individually on projects that ‘map’ the unseen and unacknowledged difficult pasts that continue to structure present-day social relations. Leeds is represented by Dr. Judith Tucker.
Co-founded by Prof. Stephen Russell, the Network is the largest association of nonwoven manufacturers, academics and industry suppliers in the UK. With its headquarters in Leeds, the Network facilitates the exchange ideas and provides a technical programme each year that keep members informed of global developments in the industry by the provision of news bulletins, seminars and conferences.
The RITE Group (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment)
Co-founded by Dr. Richard Blackburn, The RITE Group is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment. The RITE Group provides fact-based information to stakeholders in the textile industry, media and other external organisations on how to minimise the negative environmental effects of the production, use and disposal of textiles and clothing.