Environmental crisis – from words to deeds in the field of art

Online event Nov 19 @ 9am–5pm

The environmental crisis is also a crisis of the artworld, requiring concrete action instead of mere words. The contemporary art organizations Frame Contemporary Art FinlandIHME HelsinkiMustarinda and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme are holding an open, free, one-day webinar Environmental Crisis – From Words to Deeds in the Field of Art on 19 November 2020.

The seminar will ask: How can we reduce climate emissions in the field of art? What can an individual art organization, curator or artist do? What can we do together? During the day, we will focus on concrete action: How can ecology be integrated into strategy and funding? How do we travel by land or calculate an organization’s carbon footprint?

The seminar day begins with a welcome from Minister of the Environment Krista Mikkonen. Then, Mari Pantsar, Director of The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra’s Carbon neutral circular economy theme, talks about the seriousness of the environmental crisis and why everyone is needed to solve it. The keynote speech will be given by Alison Tickell, CEO of London-based Julie’s Bicycle, a pioneer in promoting environmental issues in the cultural sector. She will describe the steps needed to achieve carbon neutrality in an art organization, with concrete examples.

The organizers of the seminar will share what they have done over the years to reduce their own emissions in international modern art and residencies. Also speaking will be Head of Helsinki Biennial Jonna Hurskainen and visual artist Alma Heikkilä. Mustarinda’s speech will be presented by artist Sanna Ritvanen.

The online seminar is aimed at art institutions, artists and other artworld actors. It will benefit anyone interested in the state of the environment and in taking concrete climate action in their own work or organization.

More info and program


Register for the seminar using the online form at forms.gle/NgCP8KDQvWSrouXU7, you will then be e-mailed a Zoom link for the event on the day.

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