CLIMARTE Poster Project forum

Are images worth a thousand words?

As part of the CLIMARTE Poster Project 2016 come and join a lively and engaging discussion on the importance of images in conveying complex ideas and feelings, and also in creating engagement and empathy with difficult and challenging issues, such as climate change.

Date and time: Tuesday 17 May 2016, 6pm
Venue: LAB-14, 700 Swanston St, Carlton 3053

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Speakers include:

  • Dr Peter Christoff, Associate Professor, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
  • Belinda Smith, Deputy News Editor, COSMOS Magazine
  • Gabrielle De Vietri, A Centre for Everything, and CLIMARTE Poster Project artist.
  • Dr Kate Daw, Head of Painting, School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, and CLIMARTE Poster Project artist.

CLIMARTE has commissioned eleven artists to design posters that engage the community on climate change action and convey the strength, optimism and urgency we need to move to a clean renewable energy future.

Artists: Angela Brennan, Chris Bond, Jon Campbell, Kate Daw, Katherine Hattam, Siri Hayes, Martin King, Gabrielle de Vietri & Will Foster, Thornton Walker, Miles Howard-Wilks.

During April-May hundreds of posters will be printed and displayed on poster sites around Melbourne.

The CLIMARTE Poster Project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2016 arts grants program, the Purves Environmental Fund, The University of Melbourne Carlton Connect Initiative, and Plakkit.

Image courtesy of Kate Daw.

Elemental – an arts and ecology reader

9780993219207-251x355Gaia Project is a publishing and curatorial initiative which operates at the intersection of Art and Ecology – or indeed, in that poetic space where Art becomes Ecology, and where Ecology becomes Art.

Elemental is an ‘introductory reader’, comprising a unique collection of essays by some of the world’s leading artists, activists, curators and writers currently working in the expansive, interdisciplinary field of arts and ecology. The book presents critical reflections, and philosophies on a variety of eco-art practices and methodologies.

Subjects areas include: New Materialism, socially-engaged ecosystem restoration, the legal ‘Rights of Nature’, and ecology in theatre and performance art.

The symbiotic environmental, social and economic crises of our era (Climate Change being one significant symptom) have now emerged as a poignant and critically relevant presence throughout culture globally. It is therefore timely and vital that these essays of vision, hope and solidarity are being published.

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Chicago Green Theatre Alliance Meeting + Happy Hour

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Chicago Green Theatre Alliance Meeting + Happy Hour
Monday, May 16, 6:30-8 P.M.

Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct. in Glencoe

Join us for the the next meeting of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance at the brand new Writers Theatre space in Glencoe! We’ll get a special tour of their new green theatre, the committees will meet, we’ll gather as a full group to hear guest presenter Dot Coyle from Coyle&Herr, and report out on projects, and hang out for a happy hour after the meeting before catching the train back to the city! Read the Agenda.

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Follow us on Twitter @ChiGreenTheatre and use the hashtag #chigreentheatre to share your greening efforts!

2nd Annual Chicago Green Theatre Alliance E-Waste and Textile Drive

Thursday, May 26

Steppenwolf Garage Theatre and Parking Lot, 1624 N. Halsted

E-Waste Drive (In the Parking Lot)
10AM – 3PM
Time to clean out all that old electronic stuff if the back hall closet.
Download and share the E-Waste Drive Flyer at your theatre

Textile Drive (In the Garage Theatre)
9AM – Noon (Textile Drop Off)
12 – 4PM (Costume Exchange)
We’re coming together to recycle costumes and textiles, allowing large theatres to cull their costume inventory and affording smaller companies the opportunity to bulk up their stock at no cost!

Download and share the Textile Drive flyer at your theatre

Please RSVP and let us know if you’re planning on dropping off or exchanging items!


Alice White Exhibition at the ZSL London Zoo Aquarium

ZSL London Zoo Aquarium from April 29th until July 30th, little fish2016

Alice White is a professional Oil Painter, born and bred in London. Her solo show, entitled ‘A New Wave’ documented her year’s residency as Artist for Animals at ZSL London Zoo. Her ongoing project, entitled ‘A New Wave: Art and Conservation Science’, seeks to translate the valuable work undertaken by those dedicated to the field of marine conservation science into easily accessible, visual forms which are designed toeducate and inspire the public.

Recent group shows include the RSMA Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. She has also exhibited at the Music Room in Mayfair, Kingly Court in Carnaby Street, and the Affordable Art Fair in New York and London.

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LABVERDE: Art Immersion Program in the Amazon

LABVERDE is an unforgettable and deep experience in the Amazon rainforest for artists from all over the world.

LABVERDE aims to help cultural makers understand and reflect on one of the main natural areas of the planet.

The journey starts with a boat trip and it gets deeper in an ecological reserve in the heart of the Amazon region, allowing a selected group of artists to explore different scales and perspectives of the rainforest along with the mediation of specialists in art, humanities, biology, ecology and natural science.

Life experience and theory will be integrated into 10 days of intensive activities. A schedule of expeditions, lectures, workshops, presentations and seminars will enhance creativity, having nature as a common ground.

Among other themes, the participants will find out about landscape representation, nature art appropriation, innovative solutions for a sustainable economy, climate change and environmental impacts, forest sonority, local community extractivism culture, wild edible plants, entomology, natural history of organisms, fragmented areas in the Amazon and dendrochronology in the Amazon.

The network exchanges and the knowledge sets throughout the program will be an opportunity to develop innovative cultural content. After the program, participants will be able to improve their own creative discourses, identify natural environmental problems and solutions, and reflect on the role of art in influencing ecological behavior.

What is the LABVERDE Program?

It is a ten-day immersion in the Amazon rainforest to explore the connection between nature, art and science.

Where is the program going to happen?

The journey will take place in two main research centers: Ecological Reserve and Floating Research Station in the center of the Amazon region.

Who can register?

Visual artists, architects, musicians, writers, dancers and other cultural makers.

How many people can participate?

Only 15 participants will be selected.

How to apply?

Candidates have to fill the application form at and send the following documents:

  • 250-word bio
  • 500-word description of a creative project idea
  • 5 to 10 images Portfolio

When is the dead line?

Registration will take place until June 15th.

How much does the program cost and what is included?

The fee is USD 1,900. Accommodation, meals and transfers are included.

What if I cannot afford the program?

Artists are encouraged to request grants in their countries of residence or birth. Communication letters can be designed and offered as needed to the applicants. LAB VERDE will also select two artists to participate in the program free of charge based on their artistic merit. To apply for this grant, participants must include a letter of motivation when registering for the program.

Who are the organizers?

LABERDE has been designed by a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified international professionals from Manifesta Art and Culture and The National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA). A world reference in tropical biology, INPA conducts research, surveys and inventories of fauna and flora, and investigates the sustainable use of natural resources in the Amazon (

+ infos:

Lilian Fraiji


Phone: +55 92 99988 1301 (Brazil)

Open Call: 2017 exhibition program at the Counihan Gallery

Apply for an exhibition

The call for proposals is now open for the 2017 exhibition program at the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick. Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for projects that can be developed and achieved in the next year.

We welcome innovative ideas and critical approaches to art practice. As a 2017 ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE Festival venue partner, the Gallery welcomes proposals with strong links to environment, ecology and surrounding debates and issues that might be considered as a festival exhibition early in the calendar year. For more information visit the Climeart website.

A free information session detailing the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick exhibition application process will be held at the gallery from 6 pm on Tuesday 17 May followed by a Q&A session.

Applications can be submitted at any time during the proposals period but will only be assessed after the closing date of 5 pm, Monday 27 June 2016. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee inclusion in the annual program.

How to apply

Download an information pack below for full details on exhibtion applications.

2017 program application information

If you have an enquiry about the Gallery or submitting a proposal, email Counihan Gallery In Brunswick or phone 9389 8622.

Support Blued Trees New Legal Initiatives!

From Friend of the CSPA Aviva Rahmani:

We are pleased to announce that on Earth Day, April 22, 2016, a series of new 1/3 mile measures of the Blued Trees Symphony will be created in Virginia and New Hampshire. We invite you to participate in the Blued Trees Symphony. Download the Blued Trees manual.

We are also thrilled to report that the Blued Trees Symphony has received a generous grant from the Ethelwyn Doolittle Justice and Outreach Fund from the Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist. The $2,500 grant will be used to help support the legal work to protect the Blued Trees Symphony under threat of demolition, where people’s private land is being seized under eminent domain by fossil fuel corporations. Please make a contribution here that would go towards matching this grant, covering our legal costs.

The Blued Trees Symphony could help protect the planet from dangerous methane emissions by setting legal precedents with a network of connected art! Proliferating natural gas infrastructures across the United States (and globally) significantly contributes to climate change.

The Blued Trees Symphony is a new kind of art. It establishes a permanent
relationship between people, art and habitat. You can make a donationto support lead artist Aviva Rahmani and help cover the Blued Trees Symphony administration costs here: Support the Blued Trees Symphony!

The overture copyright was registered, but Spectra Energy destroyed it anyway. Now we want to hold them accountable with a new legal strategy. Your support for that legal framework would protect the Blued Trees Symphony from further destruction and hold Spectra Energy responsible for the damage they have already done.

Please give as generously as you can to win this fight. We believe that with your help, our creative approach, a celebration of beauty, trees and natural lands, we can prevail against toxic fossil fuel expansion and establish a new paradigm for our times.

Soil Culture Bringing the Arts down to Earth

Initiated by the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), Soil Culture is a three year programme which reveals how arts and culture explore the vital, ecological importance of soil.

Soil Culture demonstrates the UK contribution to the United Nations International Year of Soils, 2015. The programme consists of various events, in particular 12 artist residencies (featuring Touchstone Collaborations, Bristol, and Karen Guthrie, among others) aimed at encouraging an exploration of the ecology and importance of soil.

The project has climaxed with a major group exhibition, Soil Culture: Deep Roots (Falmouth Art Gallery and Plymouth Peninsula Arts in 2015/16), which brings together the work of six important international environmental artists: Paolo Barrile, Mel Chin, herman de vries, Richard Long, Ana Mendieta, and Claire Pentecost.

The range of artworks includes work by Mel Chin, who uses plants to extract heavy metals from contaminated land, to that of Claire Pentecost who has sculpted soil into the shapes of gold ingots to reflect its true worth. Also featured are works by seven British artists, including Chris Drury, Andy Goldsworthy, and David Nash.

A Gaia Project and CCANW co-publication, this book documents all aspects of the Soil Culture programme and features exclusive essays.

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Dollars to $ense: Energy Conservation Workshop from ArtsBuild Ontaio

Arts organizations can learn new ways to make their arts facility more sustainable and energy efficient at our Dollars to $ense Energy Conservation Workshop on February 10

ArtsBuild Ontario is excited to be partnering with Natural Resource Canada and Toronto Hydro to offer our arts organizations this valuable energy conservation training experience. Designed specifically for arts facilities, participants get to know energy basics and discover cost-saving opportunities from the experts. Whether you’re involved in a new build, renovation or ongoing maintenance in your facility, Energy Conservation can help you realize potential savings – and this workshop will help you understand how!

WHEN: Wednesday February 10 at 8:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE: Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto, M6J 1J6)
COST: $25+HST per person, which includes a catered lunch and breaks

Bring a second staff for FREE if you register before Friday, January 22!

For more information about this Energy Conservation Workshop and ArtsBuild’s Energy Conservation programs, click here.

This Energy Conservation Workshop is delivered in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and supported by Toronto Hydro. 

The star design is a trade-mark of Toronto Hydro Corporation. Used under licence. ‘Toronto Hydro’ means Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited.

H&G, a public outcry – a hysteric fun play about our imminent demise

sadkpap6aqjgk3acdpi6Wild Art is a firecracker new performance company based in Los Angeles.  Its inaugural production, H&G, a public outcry is a hysteric fun play about our imminent demise.  A hyperbolic performance about America’s blooming new fear of extreme weather caused by climate change, the audience is placed in the shoes of Hansel & Gretel to wander through a dreamlike, wild, and surprising journey from drought to flood. Playing at Paloma Street Studios, February 5 – 27, 2016.

Wild Art creates artistic projects that are relevant to NOW, charging people to examine and question the world we live in.  Our performances herald unfettered self expression and are daring, ambitious, visually striking, exciting and never without a sense of danger.

H&G, a public outcry

a hysteric fun play about our imminent demise

H&G, a public outcry is a hyperbolic participatory performance placing the audience in the shoes of Hansel & Gretel, to explore America’s new fear of extreme weather through a dreamlike, hysterical, surprising journey of survival from drought to flood. Poised in a poetic landscape, this powerful live-music performance relies on a distorted performance style filled with shadow imagery and song to express what cannot be put into words.  Drawing from the third worst drought in US history and Hurricane Sandy, source material includes Hansel and Gretel, newspaper articles, American folk and rock songs, and text generated by John Michael Johnson.

H&G, a public outcry Creative Team:
Produced and Created by Allison M Keating
Mother played by Lucille Duncan
Suburbanite by Craig Gibson
Father played by Murphy Martin
Guide by Lisa McNeely
Music Composition by Jonathan Becker
Puppet, Projection, and Poster Design by Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh
Set, Props and Light Design by Mark Kanieff
Musical Director and Sound Design by Jeronimo Rajchenberg
Produced by Nora DeVeau-Rosen

H&G, a public outcry was created through a series of workshops in The School of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts.