George Dark has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts.
From the Willowbank website, “Willowbank is an independent and innovative educational institution in the cultural heritage field, operating within a dramatic historic setting. It is at the cutting edge of a global shift towards a more ecological and sustainable approach to heritage conservation. This is a move from the object-centred focus of the 20th Century – historic buildings, landscapes and artifacts in isolation – towards a more holistic view of their interconnectedness and the rituals that sustain them. It is an approach that is dynamic rather than static, and that celebrates the creative continuity of all cultural traditions.
Willowbank uses a cultural landscape framework for its work. It defines cultural landscapes – whether in urban, rural or wilderness settings – as the embodiment of cultural practice. These places reflect the cultural knowledge and aspirations of their inhabitants. The cultural landscapes of different cultural groups and sub-groups often overlap, creating a richness and diversity that needs to be celebrated and nurtured. Willowbank’s approach reflects insights drawn in part from its First Nations faculty and associates.”