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 feelings about these issues: from the didactic to numinous, graphic to abstracted. And yet they all point to the necessity and benefits of transforming our economy and lifestyle from one based on fossil fuels to one based on renewable energy.
Guy Abrahams, CLIMARTE CEO and co-founder said “The CLIMARTE Poster Project is about provoking public dialogue, and influencing public and political opinion, by creating the empathy needed to bridge the gap between knowledge and action.”
In an article titled ‘The poster is political: how artists are challenging climate change’ published in The Conversation Peter Christoff says “Poster art is well equipped to surprise and provoke us to confront a future that is avoidable and to suggest others we might prefer.” And these ten quite different posters certainly do just that.
WHERE WILL THEY GO?
During May 2016 hundreds of AO size posters will be printed and displayed on poster sites around Melbourne by street poster company Plakkit. The designs will also be featured on our website, e-newsletters, social media and other online and printed promotional materials.
From 5 – 28 May 2016 the posters will be exhibited at the University of Melbourne at the LAB-14 Gallery at the Carlton Connect Initiative, 700 Swanston Street, Carlton. The exhibition opens on Thursday 5 May at 6:00pm.
On Tuesday 17 May at 6:00pm CLIMARTE and Carlton Connect Institute will host a forum on the role and effectiveness of visual media in communicating matters of environmental and social importance. Speakers will include CLIMARTE Poster Project artists and Dr Peter Christoff from The University of Melbourne. Free booking here.
CLIMARTE would like to thank the City of Melbourne, the Purves Environmental Fund, the Carlton Connect Initiative, and Plakkit for their generous support of the CLIMARTE Poster Project 2016.