Warming Up to the Arctic Through Theatre

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog As a university student in the early 1990’s, my partner, the writer, Glen Retief, took part in the anti-apartheid struggle in his home country of South Africa. Some of the older activists explained to him that by the early 1980’s they saw artists using their

Designed by Sapiens, Powered by Wind

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog I was invited by the European Cultural Centre to participate in its TIME SPACE EXISTENCE exhibit in Venice, one of several concurrent international exhibits organized during the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, which I wrote about previously here and here. Six of my wind energy photographs

Opportunity: Grow Wild Creative Youth Project Funding – Apply Now!

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Have a creative idea inspired by UK native wildflowers, plants or fungi? Aged between 14-25? Get £500! Get ready for an experience like no other and join Grow Wilds mission to empower young people aged 14-25 to develop a creative idea into a project that helps raise awareness

How the World of Pedigree Sheep Breeding Is Similar to the Art World

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog The first thing she cheekily asks me when I enter her stunningly light, stylish, modern house on the south-eastern coast of Ireland is whether I expected to see a traditional farm. Perhaps the expression on my face reveals that I associate sheep farming with dark

Creative Sustainability

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland I don’t know how many people listened to the Moral Maze on Radio 4 on Wednesday evening (10th October)? In the week of the IPCC report saying we have 12 years before we go through the 1.5 degrees of global warming threshold, the programme brought together a debate on the moral

Wild Authors: Margaret Atwood

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog Popular author Margaret Atwood called climate change the “everything change.” Atwood’s novels are generally about the human experience, at times notably the female’s, but she also writes about this everything change. Her genre-busting books range from literary to speculative. Global warming occurs prominently in Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy

It Started On Hampstead Heath

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog I have worked for most of my career as a medical and scientific illustrator, which means a lot of time spent in front of a computer screen. But early in 2016, I dusted off my much-neglected art materials to return to my first love: painting

‘Cultural Adaptations’ Project Seeks Two Evaluators

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Creative Carbon Scotland is seeking two individuals to undertake formative and summative evaluation of the Creative Europe ‘Cultural Adaptations’ project (2018-2021). Cultural Adaptations Cultural Adaptations (EUCAN) is a ‘small co-operation project’ supported by the Creative Europe programme of the EU. It is led by CCS and involves three partner cultural

Climate Week NYC: When Women Lead

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog The Persistent Acts series continues its synthesis of Climate Week NYC, focusing on this recent week of events around solutions, optimism, and positive stories. Last week, I recapped the Drawdown event presented as part of the tenth anniversary of Climate Week NYC. Drawdown kicked off

Guest Blog: Thoughts on a nation in flux (part 2)

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Contemporary artist and researcher Sonia Mehra Chawla writes about the research she undertook in Aberdeen in June 2018 to inform an upcoming residency with Edinburgh Printmakers. India’s struggle with climate change and the battle to balance economy, energy and environment   On the frontline of climate change India’s

Opportunity: ArtRoots Fund

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland A community fund for artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network in Scotland. The ArtRoots fund is a community fund for artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network in Scotland. The fund enables and empowers communities to make improvements to the National Cycle Network (NCN) for

Climate Week NYC: Scales of Performance

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog This month, the Persistent Acts series focuses on Climate Week NYC, synthesizing a week of events around solutions, optimism, and positive stories. There is plenty to be pessimistic about. It is easy to doubt, to spot alternative reasons and proofs at every turn. However, in

Last Chance: Designing for Climate Futures at Loughborough University UK

Fri 19 October, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Venue: MHL 1.17a/b, Martin Hall FREE Book Tickets This conversation brings together three practitioners to explore what roles design might play in collective responses to climate change. Taking in a variety of methods, approaches and forms of design – from permaculture to architectural design; from transition design to design

An Interview with Novelist Cai Emmons

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog Fall is officially here in New York City. For many on the East coast, and especially in the Carolinas, the season has been devastating. Evacuations are still taking place in parts of South Carolina a week after Hurricane Florence due to historic flooding. Scientific evidence predicts

Imagining Water #12: One Year Later

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog It is a full year since I began writing this monthly series on artists who are focusing on the topic of water – water pollution, melting glaciers, rising tides, plastic in the seas and killing drought. What I have learned from the extensive research I’ve

Exorcizing Harveys: Writing for Women of the Arctic

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog Harveys suck, let’s start with that. They utterly and despicably suck. Harveys, as we brutally found out last summer, are abusive and dangerous. They have power, a ridiculous amount of power, and nothing will stop them. The first one, Harvey the hurricane, pounded the Gulf

I Walk Towards Myself: Traveling Around the iForest

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog “Aren’t you coming over?” The long-awaited moment had arrived early; I’d thought I had two more days. By now the woodland of the Wild Center in upstate New York was well known to me. I had been coming here for two years in a noisy

News: Launch of the Library of Creative Sustainability

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland We’re excited to announce the launch of the Library of Creative Sustainability during Climate Week 2018: a new digital resource showcasing best practice examples of collaborations between sustainability partners and artists seeking to make the world a better place! New library on the block The Library of Creative

Guest Blog: The joy of the present and the great unknown of the future

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Here’s the second in a series of blogs from playwright Lewis Hetherington about his work with Glasgow cycling charity Bike for Good and Creative Carbon Scotland. Lewis is working embedded with Bike for Good for two years to document their VeloCommunities project and contribute to their activities widening

Bringing Together Art and Science to Save Joshua Trees

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog I wasn’t expecting to return to my desert hometown for my PhD research, and didn’t imagine that I would be pregnant. But as I rested in the shade of the only Joshua tree at the hottest and driest of my field sites, I knew that