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The Australian organisation CLIMARTE is developing a major festival of climate and culture which will take place in 2015.
CLIMARTE is an independent not-for-profit organisation in Australia that aims to harness the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.
With the collaboration of participants such as Carbon Arts, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Heide Museum of Art, Tarrawarra Museum of Art and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, the festival â€˜Arts+Climate=Change 2015â€™ is intended to engage the arts community and its wide diversity of audiences.
The organisers hope this and other projects will â€œhelp make climate change register in peopleâ€™s hearts and minds, make them demand the sort of action that we need if we are to avoid the worst case scenarios of climate change.â€
â€œGrowing up I was lucky to be surrounded by beauty and mystery in artworks and in nature. I want the same for my children and for theirs in turn. I know that climate change is happening. I want urgent social, economic and technological responses and yet this isnâ€™t happening. I hope that art might be one way to make people think. I might be wrong, but opposite my desk hangs an artwork by Los Angeles based street artist Ian Morely. It says â€˜If youâ€™re reading this, thereâ€™s still timeâ€™,â€ wrote Guy Abrahams, CEO and co-founder of CLIMARTE, in an article in Crikeyâ€™s Daily Review of the arts.
Guy Abrahams is a former lawyer and gallerist who left the commerce of art to focus on arts projects that would promote environmental sustainability and counter the threat of climate change. As a founder of the organisation CLIMARTE â€“ Arts for Safe Climate, he is creating an arts network to inspire the broader community to take action on these issues through relevant events.
In the Daily Review article, Guy Abrahams discusses the reasons for establishing CLIMARTE and why he thinks the arts can be a positive force for change. An excerpt:
â€œThe question for CLIMARTE is: can art â€œrearrange our sense of realityâ€ about the state of our planet, sustainability and climate change?
Throughout history the arts have played a major role in recording and reflecting the state of human society, and the natural world of which society is but a part. At certain times, the arts have also been a catalyst for change, a call to action, a pricking of our collective conscience.
In Australia, there are Aboriginal rock paintings of animal motifs that may be 40,000 years old. These works clearly indicate the importance of the natural world to the people who created them. We have early Eurocentric visions of landscape by John Glover and Fred Williamsâ€™ revolutionary evocation of our unique bush. Now Mandy Martinâ€™s bleak coal mine pocked landscapes, Fiona Hallâ€™s tapa cloth depictions of our over exploited oceans, and Janet Laurenceâ€™s mystical and mysterious flora and fauna, allow us to see and feel the reality of this new human dominated age â€“ the anthropocene.â€
Â»Â Read the article here: www.dailyreview.crikey.com.au
Â» CLIMARTEâ€™s home page: www.climarte.org
The photo above shows Mandy Martin and the artwork Vivitur Ex Rapto (for Bulga) 2014. Photographed by Alexander Boynes
Mandy Martin is one of the artists who will join a panel at CLIMARTEâ€™s public forum â€˜Climate Art Ethics: What role for the arts?â€™ on Saturday 15 February 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Mandy Martin is an Australian artist with a national and international reputation for conservation and landscape. Her work is well represented within Australian public galleries and museums, as well as at the Guggenheim Museum New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno.
Imprint Magazine published a Climate Change Issue in 2013, which contained an article by Guy Abrahams from CLIMARTE. The magazine is not online, but the cover, an editorial and the index can be seen here:
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