What is an eco-social art practice?

‘Eco-social art practice’ is my term for ‘ecological art practice’ (Fitzgerald, 2018). I emphasise the ‘social’ in my term as many  think ecological art is art with just a nature or environmental theme.

In contemporary art, eco-social art practices are similar to ‘social art practice’, also called ‘socially engaged art practice’.  So my term above helps identify their similar dialogical, social form.

Eco-social art practices however attend to social and ecological concerns. Such practices are ensemble practices, often involving art and non-art activities and many ways of knowing from art, ecophilosophy, science and traditional and local knowledge and practical experiential knowledge.

I explain the social potential, the characteristics and a methodology for effective eco-social art practices in my thesis and interactive downloadable ebook.

I have also mentioned eco-social art practice ideas in the posts below:


In developing my practice I looked to others’ eco-social (ecological) art practices and any books, posts, networks or exhibitions. See these early posts below: