Future Scenarios – Applications surgery and networking event

Join us for an evening exploring why scenarios are such a key element of climate change research and politics, and also why it is important to invite a wider range of perspectives on these themes.

In December 2015, University of Sheffield and the Open University launched Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios. This funded programme of work provides an opportunity for three artists to be ‘in residence’ for one year from June 2016 within key climate change networks and institutions. The project includes an award for each artist of £10,000. Through these residencies, artists will be able to research climate change, and spend time exploring and developing their own artistic practice. In this way we hope these artists will introduce a new cultural depth to public conversations around the future.

This evening event at ArtsAdmin will explore climate scenarios and be an opportunity to learn more about the University of Sheffield and the Open University’s programme to support three artists-in-residence to develop new work in response to climate change scenarios with lead researchers Renata Tyszczuk and Joe Smith and producer Hannah Bird. It will be an opportunity for applicants to develop their applications before the deadline on 15 February 2016.

This project is generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Ashden Trust, The University of Sheffield and The Open University

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 from 19:30 to 21:30 (GMT) Add to Calendar

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Shivaji Competition Open Call

The great warrior king of 17th century India, Shivaji Maharaj, established the Maratha Empire against the dominant Mughals and held off the territorial ambitions of the Europeans. Part of his legacy is a group of island forts in the Arabian Sea with stonewalls ringing the edges against the sea and the Europeans. The Shivaji island forts are the starting metaphor and reality for responses to the invasion of the seawaters for the barrier islands and low elevation islands and deltas around the world.

With the predicted sea level rise of one meter, thousands of islands and deltas and millions of people around the world will be threatened with frequent saltwater floods from storms and king tides. Freshwater may disappear. Sewer and rainwater drainage will not function. Evacuation will intensify a refuge crisis and tensions in national borders. Most islands have a light human or agricultural intervention. Others like Miami Beach are dense urban places.

The competition asks artists, architects, designers, planners, scientists and writers to propose the practical and impossible to maintain the continued human habitation of these islands throughout the 21st century. The ideas should be demonstrated on an island or delta under high risk to bring worldwide attention to these threatened places and push the world to live up to Article 8 of the COP21 agreement signed in Paris.

Responses can be elaborate infrastructures for urban cities and DIY methods for agricultural islands by residents with very limit economic resources. (or vis-a-versa). Both parody and reality are welcome as long as the proposals help wake up politicians, engage the minds of a broad public and respect the people of the islands or deltas. Think like Shivaji. The old political structure has lost its ability to respond and the invasion of the little known outside forces from the sea pose a serious threat to your way of life.

Each entry will be submitted online as a GIF demonstrating a proposal when the sea rises at least one meter. The GIFs should be persuasive to an international audience. Humor, drama, paradox and factual reality in photographs, anime, renderings and all other visual formats are acceptable. Clarity of idea and message is very important.

A group of 15-25 finalists will be selected by most of the participating artists, architects and scientists from Rising Waters Confab 2015 & 2016. These finalists will become part of a traveling exhibition available to museums, global warming conferences and outdoor giant screens. One of the finalists will be selected to join Confab 2016 for one week in May 2016. All expenses will be paid to travel and to participate.


The competition is a project organized by Glenn Weiss as a contribution to the Rising Waters Confab 2016 dialogue. Weiss has curated and managed other competitions and exhibitions for the public art agencies in the USA including Times Square and for institutions such as the Storefront for Art and Architecture and PS1 in New York City.

Rising Waters Confab 2016 at Robert Rauschenberg Residency
The second annual Confab will be held for 4 weeks at the Robert Rauschenberg estate on the threatened island of Captiva in the Gulf of Mexico. In the 2016, Buster Simpson and Glenn Weiss are coordinating the residency and think tank to produce works and dialogues about rising seas and global warming. The 2016 list of artists, architects and scientists has yet to be released, but 2015 included David Buckland, Mel Chin, Xavier Cortada, Orion Cruz, Gretel Ehrlich, John Englander, Walter Hood, Lewis Hyde, Natalie Jeremijenko, Edward Morris, Helen Nagge, Jeremy Pickard, Andrea Polli, Thomas Ruppert, Susannah Sayler, Tom Van Lent, Glenn Weiss, June Wilson, Kristie Anders and organizers Buster Simpson, Laura Sindell and Anne Focke. The online catalog of projects from 2015 can be downloaded at


December at the re!

reCreate Featured Artist Veronica Cianfrano Artist Reception

Saturday December 19th, 4pm-6pm
Installation in Gallery Dec 2nd thru the 31st

Work by Veronica Cianfrano
work by Veronica CianfranoThe fear of forgetting and being forgotten is practically universal. I am interested in how contemporary communication and digital photography have altered our memories, social interactions, and psychology. I use this connecting thread of memory to establish an emotional connection to the viewer by incorporating objects and images that are loaded with nostalgia or sentimentality. Aesthetic references to memory, degradation, ephemera, and family photographs are common themes in my layered, multi-media works. As I often comment on the negative psychosocial impact of public, global, digital communication, I tend to create large-scale installations that encourage viewer interaction with the space and each other. It is my hope that these interactions help reinforce a physical and emotionally responsible connection to each other and the space around us.

Veronica Cianfrano is a multimedia artist who has been examining “the communication break down” through photographic images and memories of her familial ties and through our current reliance on digital communication.

work by Veronica Cianfrano Her work serves as a display for these vignettes of examination whether it be through memory decay, new meanings found in old footage, or the effects of the news media on our state of mind. Since receiving her MFA from the University of the Arts in 2010, Veronica Cianfrano has served as both Co-Founder and Curator for Manifesto-ish and Champions of Empty Rooms. She has also served as a Mentor and Teacher for pre-college and college level art students as well as professional artists.

Find out more about Veronica and her work on her website.

New Year’s Time Capsules with reCreate Featured Artist Veronica Cianfrano

Sunday, December 20th

work by Veronica Cianfrano

Come to The Resource Exchange to build your own time capsule with reCreate Featured Artist Veronica Cianfrano! Using scrap wood, paints, wallpaper, and more salvaged materials, participants will build and decorate their personalized time capsules. They could be filled with memorabilia that mark your personal timeline, traditional items that exemplify the here and now, or conceptual items that take a political stance or tell a specific story. During the workshop, Veronica will assist participants in finding the right materials in our store, building the personalized forms, planning for what goes inside, and preparing to seal them. After the workshop, participants will take their capsules home, fill them, seal them, and bury them in honor of the new year. Participants will be encouraged to document their process in photos and share them with Veronica, the re team, and each other.$5 workshop fee + the cost of supplies chosen by participants from our warehouse full of reclaimed and discounted making materials.

Space is limited, so please RSVP


Outside the Frame

Changing the way homeless and marginalized youth see and are seen through film.

A creative outlet is essential for healing from trauma, for gaining essential skills for self sufficiency and getting on the path to self actualization. Portland has one of the highest concentrations of homeless youth in the country. It also has some of the best wrap around social services for homeless youth in the country. However, most agencies providing life saving services do not have the capacity for consistent creative programming or cutting edge technological training.

Outside the Frame was created to fill this void.

Founder Nili Yosha created and ran an innovative and visible film program at Outside In for three years. Outside the Frame builds upon that foundation.


Branching Out: Creative Collaborations with Trees Short Course

Curated by artists Camilla Nelson (Reading & Writing with a Tree) and Alex Metcalf (Tree-Listening). The guest artist is artist Tim Knowles.

Are you an artist, writer or performer looking to take your practice in a new direction? Are you a thinker in search of practical experiment? Are you a tree enthusiast keen to create? Or do you just want to have fun with trees?

Branching Out is facilitated by three contemporary artists and thinkers whose unique ways of working with trees include writing, performance, drawing, sound and installation. We aim to inspire and support you to explore new ideas and techniques, to work with unusual materials in novel environments, but no specialist knowledge is required. We welcome both amateurs and experts alike!

Branching Out expands conceptions of what constitutes human and other-than-human intra-action through a creative examination of being-with-trees. Our robustly researched creative exercises combine practical investigation with a thorough examination of the history of human-tree relations (as fuel, shelter, transport, weapons, tools etc.) and the imaginative tree works devised by artists through the ages (from early Japanese charcoal drawings to Giuseppe Penone’s Branches of Thought, Ana Mendieta’s Tree of Life, Andy Goldsworthy’s natural sculptures and Katie Paterson’s Future Library… to name but a few).

We will explore the shift in perception that comes from tying yourself to a tree (Charles Ray), the discombobulation of acoustically penetrating a tree’s internal workings (Tree Listening) and the mind-opening excitement of embodying tree-being (Other Spaces), among other innovative tree-led strategies designed to remake your sense of human-tree relations. Branching Out fosters a radical reconception of the ways we inhabit the world in relation to other organisms.<

Join us!


Camilla Nelson

Camilla is a poet, text-artist, researcher and collaborator across a range of disciplines.  Her collaboration with Rhys Trimble, ‘Tidal Voices’, was short-listed for the Tidal Bay Swansea Lagoon World-First Art Commission (link is external)(Cape Farewell) and her first full collection Apples & Other Languages(forthcoming with Knives Forks and Spoons) was long-listed for the 2015 Melita Hume Poetry Prize (link is external).  She is poetry editor for The Goose (link is external) and founding editor of Singing Apple Press (link is external).  Herpoetry (link is external), reviews (link is external) and criticism have been published and documented in national and international magazines, journals,newspapers (link is external), books (link is external) and anthologies (link is external), in print and online.  She performs and exhibits her text-work (link is external) and research (link is external) at conferences and festivals across the UK and abroad.  Beyond her preoccupation with avant-garde poetics her research circles around intermedia and alternative approaches to knowledge formation.  She was awarded her doctorate in Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising Nature Writing as Enquiry (link is external) by Falmouth University in 2013.  She is particularly interested in plants.

Alex Metcalf

Alex is an installation artist with a long history of working intimately with trees. His work has been commissioned and exhibited across Europe and in the US, and he is perhaps best known for his work with ‘tree listening’ which allows us to listen to the inner life of the tree as sap rises and falls throughout the day, and the vibrations of the surrounding environment are absorbed into the tree’s body. Exhibitions include art venues such as MoMa (NY), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts, Tate Britain, and CCANW. Much of his work is shown in non-art venues however. These include the John Innes Centre, the Natural History Museum (Los Angeles), Woburn Abbey, WWF Nature Reserves, Alnwick Castle, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, and RHS Harlow. His work has featured widely in print and media, including BBC1 Look North, BBC2 Autumnwatch, BBC Radio 2, 4, and World Service, and in The Observer, The Irish Times, The Times, and The Guardian newspapers.

Tim Knowles: Path of Least Resistance

Guest Artist

Tim Knowles

Tim Knowles is best known for making visible what is, by nature or by design, unseen. Working in a range of media from photography and video to drawing and light installation, Knowles creates process-oriented works that rely on chance and environmental elements. Known for incorporating nature into his projects, in 2009 Knowles mounted a kite-like weathervane onto a helmet and followed the wind’s momentum wherever it led, recording the experience with a series of long-exposure photographs entitled “Wanderlust.” Knowles’ foray into a more man-made process resulted in “Recorded Delivery” (2011). To create this collection of video and still images, Knowles attached a camera and GPS device to a package and recorded over 20 hours of the object’s journey through the U.K.’s postal system.

The Guardian says: While land artist Richard Long has tramped the earth in an attempt to understand its mass, Tim Knowles walks to comprehend its power. His art is beholden to the vagaries of the British weather, and in particular the wind, which he follows doggedly across the countryside wearing a Heath Robinson-style device that indicates its direction and the path he should follow. These journeys have ranged from a perilous two-day excursion across Dartmoor to wandering through the lamp-lit streets of London at midnight. Each of these endeavours is captured on film. When Knowles returns to the studio, he refers to the GPS and redraws the route, creating a finely wrought image that charts his meandering walk across the countryside. These expeditions were inspired by a hot-air balloon accident in which Knowles broke his leg. Far from scaring him off adventure for life, the frustrating period of recuperation proved the spur for a series of arduous challenges. Perhaps the riskiest was an ongoing project he calls Nightwalks, a series of excursions across the countryside conducted during new moons last year. The artist sets up a large-format camera on a long exposure, then scales treacherous ridges and inches along precipices for an hour while carrying three flashlights. The resulting images reveal thin streaks of amber light, shuddering across the pitch black.

Aviva Rahmani’s Blued Trees for Aqueous Earth Event

December 15, 2015 6:30pm

June 21st overture destroyed by Spectra. Photo by Aviva Rahmani, November 23, 2015.

Aviva Rahmani will perform the first three movements of Blued Trees, a five-part symphony that began with an overture in Peekskill, New York during the summer solstice in June 2015 and will conclude on Election Day in 2016.Newtown Creek is the second movement of the symphony, and is conceived in relation to the exhibition Aqueous Earth. Blued Trees at ISCP will be a musical installation with live performers and projections and will include a requiem for the lost habitat of Newtown Creek that has become a Superfund site.

Peekskill was chosen for the overture of Blues Trees because plans for expanded pipelines there would pass within 105 feet of the flawed Indian Point nuclear plant which is only 30 miles from New York City. The music for Peekskill was installed as a series of vertical symbols painted on trees with ultramarine blue and buttermilk, to grow moss and reflect the connection between trees and water. The designated pattern of the painted trees was aerially conceived as one-third-mile-long musical measures. One tree equaled one note. Blued Trees has or will be been installed in 20 sites internationally, and is copyrighted to initiate litigation against the pipeline companies.

We are pleased to invite you to the premiere of the first three movements of Blued Trees, a live performance with media, at ISCP in New York City ( After the performance there will be a brief conversation with the artist, Aviva Rahmani.

The overture trees were cut down by the Spectra Corporation for high volume natural gas pipeline. The destruction was in defiance of the Cease and Desist notification meant to protect Blued Trees and the habitat and community they were a part of for the overture in Peekskill, NY. This is still a critical site because the expanded, high-pressure pipeline would pass 105′ from a decrepit nuclear plant (Indian Point) situated just 30 miles from New York City.

You may enjoy this new article about the project:

The Blued Trees overture from June 21, 2015 can be found here:

Please consider making a donation to help cover the cost of the legal work needed to stop pipelines with Blued TreesBlued Trees Defense 2.

This program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


More on #ArtCOP21 from Coal

Echoing the COP21, COAL and lyric Gaîté invite 200 artists, professionals, scientists, thinkers and doers to imagine all other narratives and other perspectives to reinvent our worlds.

Media tray of lyric Gaîté – Open to the public and free Fully streamed on and rebroadcast on

Sunday, December 6

14.30 – The Arctic Is Paris, Carte blanche to Mel Chin and writer Gretel Ehrlich
Mel Chin, artist (USA), Gretel Ehrlich, writer (USA), Jens Danielsen and Mamarut Kristiansen, elite hunters of Greenland, representatives of Pacific islands, Nuuk an interpreter. Moderated by Neal Conan, journalist (NBA). ++

17.00 – Face to face with Lucy + Jorge Orta artists (ARG and UK),an internationally acclaimed duo for 25 years that explores the major concerns of the 21st century ++

12:00 to 7:00 p.m. Performance Bureau of Linguistical Reality
Heidi Quante Escott and Alicia (USA), work on the words to facilitate cultural change around climate change. ++

Tuesday, December 8th

14.30 – Face to face with the artist Stefan Shankland (FR).
Artist winner COAL Art & Environment Prize 2011, which conducts art projects integrated with the transformation process at work in urban settings, industrial and natural. ++

15.30 – Introduction to survival in the global brain.
With Gwenola Wagon and Stéphane Degoutin, artists, researchers and directors of the film essay World Brain (FR), Pierre Cassou-Nogues, philosopher and writer (FR), Julien Imbert, graphic designer (FR), Emmanuel Ferrand, mathematician (FR). ++

18h – Screening of “World Brain”
In partnership with Arte. ++

Wednesday, December 9

14.30 – The race for technological innovation
With Renewable Futures, Rasa Smite and Raitis, artists and co-founders of RIXC (LVA), Cédric Carles and the Paleo-Energy Laboratory (FR), Yacine Ait Kaci, artist (FR), Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (UK), Alice Bowes researcher (UK). Moderated by Andrew Simms, writer and co-founder of the New Weather Institute (UK). ++

17h – Face to face with Shaun Gladwell, artist (AUS).
Finalist prices COAL Art & Environment 2015 for its Climate Change Hip Hop opera project, Shaun Gladwell puts dialogue magnitude of natural phenomena and the practice of extreme sports. ++

Thursday, December 10

14h – Language as a battlefield
Nathalie Blanc, researcher and artist, and David Christoffel, writer (FR), Heidi Quante and Alicia Escott Bureau of Linguistical Reality, artists (USA), Magali Daniaux & Cédric Pigot, artists, (FR), Led by Shannon Jackson, Director of the Research Centre for Arts Berkeley University (USA). ++

17.00 – Face to face with Anaïs Clipper, artist (FR).
Fed literature, scientific experiments in laboratories or historical research, the mise-en-narratives take shape from shipping in areas on the border of reality and asks another habitable earth. ++

Friday, December 11

15h – Rebuilding common
Jeremy Leggett, scientist and activist (UK), Michael Pinsky, artist (UK), Akootchook Allison Warden, representative activist Alaskan Native (USA), Beka Economopoulos, activist, founder of Not an alternative (USA), Juan Carlos Sanchez, a former member of the IPCC and Nobel Peace Prize (VEN). Led by Patrick Degeorges, Philosopher, Special Adviser to the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (FR). ++

6:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony of ArtCOP21

See until December 7
Ackroyd & Harvey,
The tree ceremony

In continuation of the work of the 7000 oaks Joseph Beuys, the artist duo Ackroyd & Harvey realizes the monumental installation of a majestic oak in front of a live grass drapery to celebrate the role of trees in the adapting cities to climate change. A COAL event – the National Museum of Natural History, Au Jardin des Plantes +



Creative Responses to Sustainability | Singapore Guide launched!

ASEF culture360 is proud to launch Creative Responses to Sustainability – Singapore Guide.

Creative Responses to Sustainability is part of a new series of guides looking at creative responses to sustainability in different countries in Asia. The first in the series, the Singapore Guide maps cultural initiatives across Singapore engaging with social and environmental issues. Commissioned by ASEF culture360 and authored by Yasmine Ostendorf, the initiator of the EU funded network Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA), this guide will feature a directory of the 20 most pioneering and significant cultural organisations in Singaporecontributing to social and environmental change through their artistic practice.

The second guide for Korea has been presented this month in Gwangju, Korea at the 8th ASEF Public Forum on Creative Cities in Asia and Europe – Cities: Living Labs for Culture? and will be soon available for free download on ASEF culture360. Research for the Korea and Singapore Guides is supported by the Mondriaan Fund. Other country guides will follow in 2016.

These new guides build on the discussions at the GALA / Green Art Lab Alliance and ASEF’s engagement with the topic of artists and climate change in global dialogues around environmental sustainability through itsConnect2Culture programme (2008-2011).


What will the future of climate change feel and sound like?  How will people live, and how will they be affected by a climatically changed world?  How can stories from our possible futures help us to understand climate change in the present?  

As part of a global digital storytelling project about the effects of climate change, ONCA and University of Brighton Media Researchers are running FutureCoast Brighton and FutureCoast Youth – innovative projects that ask participants to imagine a range of possible futures through play. ONCA is also collaborating with the ARTS Project– an EU initiative hosted by SPRU at University of Sussex – on FutureRootscapturing voicemails from people running extraordinary grassroots projects in Brighton.  Inspired by FutureCoast– an innovative online cli-fi game created by US-based experience designer Ken Eklund – players record their own ‘voicemails from the future’ via the FutureBooth – a specially modified phone booth (or simply call 07940 954541 to leave a message). The FutureBooth can be visited at ONCA in the weeks leading up to COP21 in Paris: there are plenty of opportunities for people to record and share ideas about the future.

FutureCoast Youth is a collaboration with Dorothy Stringer School, which aims to empower young people, and culminates in a Young People’s Climate Conference at ONCA on November 30th.

ONCA Festival of Climate Ideas: Understanding issues – making connections – engaging with solutions – celebrating positive action

Nov 30 – Dec 6 2015  

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Daily from noon in the gallery:

  • FutureBooth: What future will you imagine today? Visitors to the gallery are invited to make a call from the FutureBooth, and leave a message from the ‘cloud of possible futures’.
  • Climate Ideas Cafe: Drop in anytime to catch up with the latest from Paris. Tea and toast, newspapers, screenings, and live links to COP21 – news, analysis and artists in Paris. Celebrating grassroots transition initiativesin Brighton and Hove. Audio/ visual installation CASCADE, a initiative. Lounge around on the ASSEMBLE PROJECT collaborative sofa by Amelia Kidwell & Lois McKendrick.
  • Climate Chambers: In ONCA’s basement and crypt, artists Ellie Liddell-Crewe and Alexa Povey create spaces for the difficult feelings that climate change arouses.   The bedroom: Is the world that humans are making sometimes too frightening to face? Do you ever just want to make a den or hide under the duvet?   The altar: In a secular scientific culture, can prayer be a valid response to the climate crisis? What is it like to kneel and ask for help? This installation is part of Climate Chambers, a longer term investigation by Feral Theatre into climate change and mental health.
photo: Emily Cowan


Monday November 30th

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

11.30am -2.30pm:  Kicking off the festival, FutureCoast Youth participants will present their ideas in role as members of a conference delegation, to coincide with the COP21 UN climate convention in Paris, communicating with their audience their ideas and feelings about climate change, and what they believe should be done to address it. Futurecoast Youth climate delegation – 11.30am-2.30pm, with presentation to invited audience 1.30-2.30pm. Audio recording to be shared with Place To B, Paris.

6pm: Toll the Lost Species Bell. In a simple ritual outside the building, we will toll the newly-cast Bell on Remembrance Day for Lost Species.  For more info on this initiative see the Facebook event page. Followed in the gallery by a conversation on biodiversity and climate change.

Tuesday December 1st

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

6.30pm: ‘This Changes Everything’ dir. Avi Lewis. Screening by Brighton Radical Film Festival

Wednesday December 2nd

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

7pm: Duncan Blinkhorn, Time to Ride/ BrightonCAN in conversation with
Howard Johns, Energy Revolution.


Howard Johns, author of ‘Energy Revolution’ is an energy engineer, entrepreneur, business leader and activist. After a formative involvement in the environmental protest movement, he set about building solutions, eventually founding Southern Solar – a national solar energy company – and Ovesco, a locally owned renewable energy cooperative. He chaired the trade body representing the UK solar industry, once again becoming a campaigner around energy policy. Howard is convinced we have all the technology and money we need to implement the climate and energy solutions we need.    Duncan Blinkhorn is a Brighton-based cycle activist and founder of Brighton Critical Mass and the Bike Train movement. He will be going to Paris as part of Time to Ride. 

8pm: Film Screening – Just Do It.


For one eventful year, filmmaker Emily James gained unprecedented access to document the work of a group of environmental activists engaged in nonviolent direct action campaigns across England. Embedded in the activists’ clandestine activities, she captured the triumph, setbacks, secret planning sessions, and feverish passion of a group of remarkable characters. They blockaded factories, attack coal power stations, and glued themselves to the trading floors of international banks — despite the very real threat of arrest. Just Do It gives a thrilling inside look at direct action campaigns, showing how everyday people can use the tools of civil disobedience to make meaningful change.

Followed by discussion about the Climate Games/ COP21/ D12: how has the climate/ protest movement evolved since the making of this film in 2010-11? And, what are the implications of the November 15th attacks on Paris for the planned civil disobedience around the Paris summit?

Thursday December 3rd

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

6-8pm: Thrivability workshop with Bridget McKenzie. 


This event is part of FutureRoots.  Bridget McKenzie is a researcher and evaluator of cultural and ecological initiatives. If you get funding, you have to do evaluation. Even if you don’t get funding, evaluation is useful to help you reflect, improve and share what works. Bridget is frustrated by standard thinking about evaluation, which either assumes economic goals for success or seeks to show that you haven’t wasted public money. Come and help Bridget develop a new, more integrated and positive framework for evaluating cultural and ecological practice. The key concept of the framework is thrivability, aiming for more generative, biodiverse, mutual and creative communities. We will explore and play with words and pictures to help us define thrivability, and discuss how we can use evaluation to better advocate and spread our practice. How might you use this new framework? How could it be improved? How could it have an impact?   Bridget McKenzie, cultural consultant, more on

Please book your space here >>

8.30pm: Film Screening – Beasts of the Southern Wild (12A)

Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Directed by Benh Zeitlen.

Friday December 4th

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

5-7pm: Collaborative Futures workshop with Ben and Annabelle Macfadyen.


This event is part of FutureRoots. If you are working towards sustainability, equality and social change, or simply holding a vision of something you care about, then this hands-on creative workshop is for you. There are many possible futures. How can we acknowledge both the challenging and the positive ones, and relate to them with creativity and resilience?  How do we move towards making the Brighton and Hove we want to see, and what can we learn from each other along the way?  In this collaborative workshop we will draw from Joanna Macy’s Active Hope process and use materials to inspire us in an exploration of positive steps we can take forward. Over the two hours, we will assemble a web of ideas across the ONCA gallery, creating connections and giving shape to our visions. Annabelle and Ben are collaborative artists using performance and visual art to build community and engage with themes of social change and sustainability.  They both trained as ‘Be the Change’ facilitators and bring their shared passion for creativity and positive change from across generations as mother and son.Please book your space here >>

8pm: Cosmo Sheldrake and friends.


Cosmo is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer whose work is concerned with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment. Cosmo composes for film and theatre and tours internationally, performing solo and with several bands including Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit, and the Gentle Mystics. Based in London, he has composed music for the Young Vic theatre and for children’s hospitals and hospices. He has released a single and an E.P. on Transgressive Records and is currently recording an album.Other acts include:

Keith Ellis and the Clarinet

Little Switch

Bar by local fermentation legends Old Tree Brewery.

Saturday December 5th

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

12-1.30pm and 2 -3.30pm: World Soil Day! Celebrating CCANW’s Soil Culture and Year of Soil Make a botanical garden out of cardboard. Free workshops for all ages.


Help artist Davide Di Tarantio transform the gallery into a cardboard botanical garden complete with flowers, insects and soil microbes in celebration of World Soil Day and all things soilish. As we cut and stick, we’ll talk about how healthy soils protect climate and are the foundations for flourishing ecosystems. Come with ideas for plants or creatures you would like to make.Spaces are limited so book yours here>> 

7.30pm: Somehow by this Darkness – a solo play without words by Rachel Porter.  Actor and director Rachel Porter co-founded Feral Theatre in 2007 and devises and directs with Feral.  She has created and toured two other solo shows: Papusza and Songs for Waiting.  In Somehow by the Darkness, sexuality is explored as an everpresent influence on the soma of popular culture. Codified movements are examined, magnified, expanded and pushed to extremes.  Shadowy aspects of the feminine are given permission to emerge. A woman is gradually pulled down from the lofty mantle of her heeled strut. What happens when she meets the ground – when the earth seeps in?  What happens when the goddess calls?

Followed by bar and post-show conversation with the artist.

Sunday December 6: Climate Change Theatre Action

From noon in the gallery: Climate Ideas Café/ Climate Chambers

4pm onwards: Climate Change Theatre Action performances.

 Harrietbreen, TrygghamnaIn collaboration with NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle, and Theatre Without Borders, ONCA is delighted to be part of Climate Change Theatre Action CCTA. This is a worldwide series of readings and performances intended to bring awareness to, and foster discussion around, climate change during the months of November and December 2015, supporting COP21.  The main goal of the project is to invite as many people as possible, who may not otherwise pay attention to this history-in-the-making event, to participate in a global conversation. CCTA draws on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries and cultures around a common issue.  As Elaine Avila, one of the co-organizers, notes, “Coming together to tell stories is one of the best ways we have to organize and educate ourselves, to feel and to understand.”  The collection of 1-5 minute plays, poems and songs by 50 writers from all six livable continents, curated by playwrights Caridad Svich, Chantal Bilodeau, and Elaine Avila has been made available to collaborators worldwide.

The Festival of Climate Ideas is part of Coming of Age, a UK-wide programme of events and exhibitions by artists and arts organisations responding to the climate change discussions that are taking place in Paris this December.







Harrietbreen, Trygghamna