ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Announcement

CLIMARTE’s mission is to harness the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change, and we are very busy doing just that, preparing for the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival which will run from 19 April to 14 May 2017.  With some twenty-eight exhibitions in Melbourne and regional Victoria, keynote presentations by leading international cultural commentators, public forum and panel sessions, workshops, bike tours, and a very special major installation that was shown during the Paris Climate Conference, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 promises to be both inspirational and impactful. Make sure that you get the latest news...

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ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE The Book

PURCHASE BOOK We are proud to announce the release of our first publication. Published by Melbourne University Press. Edited by Guy Abrahams, Bronwyn Johnson, Kelly Gellatly Presenting the work of Australian and international artists, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE explores the power of art to create the empathy, emotional engagement and cultural understanding needed to motivate meaningful change. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE, bridges the arts, humanities and sciences to explore what aesthetics might mean to global climate issues. This publication is informative, thought provoking, and beautiful. It promotes ways of thinking about art practice within today’s climate.  It raises the important questions, can art and artists...

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Poster Project 2016

CLIMARTE POSTER PROJECT 2016 Inspired by the power of creative images and words, and the US based Green Patriot Posters project, CLIMARTE has commissioned eleven Australian 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 have created posters that speak from the heart. Each artist has imagined a completely different way to convey their...

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Art provokes and inspires at climate conference

Paris during the climate conference was a city consumed by mixed emotions. Grief over the terror attacks was accompanied by a formidable Gallic resolution to carry on with the life Parisians know and love – cafes were full, the metro and markets were crowded, and festive season decorations brightened streets and shops. One could not move without being aware of the momentous negotiations taking place at the massive but temporary conference centre at Le Bourget, and the numerous associated events throughout the city. Posters, pictures, signs and graffiti were everywhere: in the metro stations, on billboards, advertising hoardings, and...

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Mark the date – The fossil fuel era is over.

The Paris Climate Conference is nearly over. The final text has been delivered. We now wait on the approval of 195 countries poring over the details in the conference halls at Le Bourget. Reaction from non government organisations has, in the main, been positive. 350.0rg’s Bill McKibben said “This marks the end of the era of fossil fuels. There is no way to meet the targets laid out in this agreement without keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground.”Australian Conservation Foundation CEO Kelly O’Shanassy stated “For the first time in history, humanity has agreed to limit pollution and...

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Paris is Culture: Culture is Climate

Creative contributions and provocations at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris are spread far and wide throughout this most cultured of cities. Organised festivals and exhibitions such as ArtCOP21 and Artists 4 Paris include exhibitions, performances, forums and workshops. Australian Artists invited to take part include Debbie Symons (ArtCOP21) and Janet Laurence (Artists 4 Paris). Symons’ video work was launched on Sunday evening 6 December at Prodromus Gallery. Counting One to Four: Nature morte synthesises the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s findings that predict mass species extinctions as global average temperatures increase by one to four degrees above...

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Climate Guardian Angels descend on Paris

As the Paris Climate Conference begins and CLIMARTE makes its way over to attend ArtCOP21, our very own Board Member Deborah Hart’s ClimActs theatre troupe have already begun bringing powerful images of hope to the City of Light. The Climate Guardian Angels know that Paris officials are wary of public activities following the recent terrible events, however they are also determined to ensure that the voices demanding ambitious action on climate change are not silenced. ‘We’re peaceful demonstrators, but if civil disobedience is required to get our message across we’re not afraid of the consequences,” said Hart. “You can...

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