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dc.contributor.advisorRock, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorPercival, Elsie
dc.date.available2017-07-12T21:34:45Z
dc.date.copyright2017
dc.identifier.citationPercival, E. (2017). The Role of Art in Conservation Engagement (Thesis, Master of Science Communication). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7464en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7464
dc.description.abstractConservation is a complex and sometimes controversial endeavour, which occupies a unique position at the junction of science, society and the natural world. Increasingly, conservation practitioners are using art as a way to engage with communities and with the wider public about their work. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the role of art in conservation engagement. This is achieved through an academic research component, and through practical exploration in a creative component, for the completion of a Masters in Science Communication. The thesis is centred around a project on Stewart Island/Rakiura, New Zealand, where a bold proposal to eradicate introduced predators has met an ambivalent response from the community. In terms of science, the thesis focuses on applied conservation, which is defined as the practical management of landscapes that is informed by research to protect native biodiversity. The thesis comprises five chapters. The first four chapters encapsulate the research that makes up my academic component. They examine the controversial nature of applied conservation, how art has helped to communicate elements of conservation as well as engage communities in the past, and how art can help conservation organisations to achieve specific goals. This examination was achieved first through a brief review on the perceptions of applied conservation in New Zealand, second through a case study of conservation and perceptions of conservation on Stewart Island/Rakiura, third through an exploratory review of the communicative value of art for conservation, and fourth through an evaluation analysis of artist programmes that have been used by conservation organisations to achieve specific goals in the past. The fifth chapter outlines my creative component – an art exhibition that was staged on Stewart Island/Rakiura to engage people with conservation. This exhibition was created by myself, and was informed by the first four academic chapters of my thesis. In conclusion, this thesis demonstrates that art can be a useful tool for supporting conservation goals, and engaging communities with applied conservation.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectConservation
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectArt
dc.subjectScience
dc.subjectIslands
dc.titleThe Role of Art in Conservation Engagement
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2017-07-12T07:26:44Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineScience Communication
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science Communication
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
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