CLIMARTE COMMISSIONS

SHADOWS by Angela Viora

SHADOWS, Angela Viora: "Tracing the trees’ shadows on the ground with chalk, pedestrians see the traces the day after during the day-light, stepping onto them. Hopefully, they look up and see the beautiful trees standing next. I hope that these interventions will work as reminders to Melbournians of the importance of the work that trees do for us 24/7, incessantly, day and night."

Rewriting The Score, 2019

Rewriting the Score was commissioned by Latrobe Regional Gallery in collaboration with CLIMARTE and incorporates painting, video and sound to address the energy transitions that are occurring in the Latrobe Valley.

Some Significant Equations, 2019

Climate change has a scientific basis that is beyond question. In two significant papers written in the 1960s Japanese born American meteorologist and climatologist Suki Manabe developed a global mathematical model to simulate climate change.

CLIMARTE FESTIVALS

KEYNOTE: ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017

Artist and co-founder of The Canary Project Edward Morris discusses the diverse ways in which artists can contribute to social movements to address climate change.

Rewriting The Score, 2019

Rewriting the Score was commissioned by Latrobe Regional Gallery in collaboration with CLIMARTE and incorporates painting, video and sound to address the energy transitions that are occurring in the Latrobe Valley.

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015

Art, culture and environment are vital areas of contemporary intersection, generating exciting and thought-provoking explorations of ideas and creative thinking about the environmental conundrums of the 21st Century.

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017

At a time when facts can have ‘alternative facts’, news can be ‘fake’, and coal can be ‘clean’, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 upholds a long tradition of art speaking truthfully and thoughtfully to power.

Some Significant Equations, 2019

Climate change has a scientific basis that is beyond question. In two significant papers written in the 1960s Japanese born American meteorologist and climatologist Suki Manabe developed a global mathematical model to simulate climate change.

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 presented 33 socially engaged exhibitions and events at leading museums and galleries across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The 2019 festival considered ideas and concepts around art and activism, community engagement, transition and accelerated action on climate change.

CLIMARTE PERFORMANCE

SHADOWS by Angela Viora

SHADOWS, Angela Viora: "Tracing the trees’ shadows on the ground with chalk, pedestrians see the traces the day after during the day-light, stepping onto them. Hopefully, they look up and see the beautiful trees standing next. I hope that these interventions will work as reminders to Melbournians of the importance of the work that trees do for us 24/7, incessantly, day and night."

Not Now, Not Ever.

Not Now, Not Ever is a techno-arachnid fantasy – a sing-and-dance-along to Julia Gillard’s ‘Misogyny Speech’ and a meditation on what it means to bring a girl into the twenty-first century.

You’re Safe Til 2024

We live in a strange moment in the history of the Earth. Humans are building cities, damming rivers, digging up fossil fuels and transforming the very face of the planet.

CLIMARTE POSTER PROJECTS

CLIMARTE POSTER PROJECT III A CALL TO ART (2021/22)

CLIMARTE' s Poster Project III  is curated collection of 10 posters to reflect a diversity of approaches to our climate emergency. The recent call out ' A CALL TO ART' received these incredible works, submissions are shown here also, we were so humbled by the number, and concerned, responses.

Poster Project III: Why a Call to Art? Forum

The Poster Project III: Why a Call to Art? Forum officially launched CLIMARTE's third poster project with the City of Melbourne. Led by Dr. Lara Stevens, Forum speakers included Professor Brian Martin, Professor Patricia Piccinini and Dr Jen Rae. Introduced by City of Melbourne Councillor Rohan Leppert, the Forum was an exceptional opportunity to hear leaders in creative communications discuss their research and practice, as well as their views on the potential power of art to change Everything.

CLIMARTE POSTER PROJECT 2019

The CLIMARTE Poster Project II is about provoking public dialogue and accelerating a response to the climate crisis. With strength, optimism and urgency, it pushes the conceptual possibilities of the poster, finding new ways for contemporary artists to critically engage the public on climate change.

CLIMARTE POSTER PROJECT 2016

CLIMARTE 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.

EVENTS

FOOD: Awkward Holiday Lunch

15 December, 12noon to 2pm. As a part of 'FOOD' we are proud to offer an 'Awkward Holiday Lunch'. Join us with speakers Peta Christensen, Jenny McCracken, Helen Addison-Smith and Jen Rae for discussion and an Eritrea vegetable curry & dessert. ‘Awkward Holiday Lunch’ explores how to have a festive meal that also celebrates the natural world from which all our food comes from while exchanging useful tips on how to navigate conversations with fact deniers.

FOOD: Artist Talk with ACE & A.R.

13 December 6:00pm to 8:00pm. As a part of FOOD we are proud to present 'You can't eat the Metaverse, or can you? Health, Wellness and Sustainability in a Digital Era' and artist talk with ACE & A.R. Today we are living an ‘age of mind’. Research has also confirmed that what we put inside our minds, is as important as what we put in our bodies. Join interdisciplinary artists ARay and Ace (Futureology) and guests for a fascinating discussion about health, wellness and sustainability in a phygital era.

FOOD: Spontaneous Plant Walk

14 December 5:00pm to 6:00pm. As a part of FOOD we ae proud to offer a Spontaneous Plant Walk led Collingwood based art collective, Studio 15. Come on a dérive around the surrounding areas of Richmond, focusing on the unique plant life that flourishes in novel ecosystems such as abandoned or overgrown lots, rooftops and cracks in the pavement. 

FOOD: SASi Greens

7 December 2022 6pm. As part of FOOD we are proud to present Artist Talk 'SASi Greens'. Join Lichen Kelp of the Seaweed Appreciation Society as she introduces her practice that spans performance, research and community engaged curation of events, residencies and regional arts programmes. Lichen will talk through the ideas behind the Portable Seaweed Library that is on exhibit as part of Food and invite shared readings from the texts in the collection.

TREE Exhibition Special Event

TREE Exhibition Special Event: 21 October 2022 5 for 5.30pm What's the story and the science behind the City of Melbourne's world-leading Urban Forest project, and why are such nature-based initiatives so critically important in the face of the Climate Emergency? What role can the Arts play in rewilding urban spaces? Join Creative Producer Jo Lane and participating TREE artists for a fascinating discussion with Senior Urban Forester Fiona Brown and Project Officer Giuliana Leslie from the City of Melbourne's Urban Forest Team. Where: TREE Exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, When: Friday 21 October, 5.30 to 7pm.

COST: Behind the seams

As part of Melbourne Fashion Week we are proud to present ‘COST: Behind the seams’ 14 October 2022. Delve into the environmental consequences and climate impacts of fashion design and production, a discussion forum hosted by CLIMARTE. Join leaders in sustainable fashion, Kit Willow of KITX, Courtney Holm of A.BCH and 'Sundressed' author Lucianne Tonti as they discuss fashion’s effect on the earth and the exciting developments that could positively transform the industry.

Book Launch: 'Humanity's Moment' by Joëlle Gergis + Conversation

Launch of 'Humanity’s Moment' by award-winning climate scientist and writer Joëlle Gergis, including a conversation led by City of Yarra Mayor, Cr Sophie Wade. 12th September, 6pm at the CLIMARTE Gallery.

Artists Talk: 'Critical Limit: An Urgent Call for Collective Climate Action'

Join artists Kathy Holowko and Michael Fikaris in conversation with CLIMARTE Gallery’s co-chair Jo Lane. This conversation will explore themes such as the role of artists and arts in connecting our community to issues which matter right now; how art might help us heal our relationship with nature; how we might create art which is visible, accessible and has impact; and the role of artists as agents of change. Date and time: Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST at the CLIMARTE Gallery

EVANESCE & ART+CLIMATE=ACTION Launch

CLIMARTE and Centre for Projection Art celebrate World Environment Day 2022 with an artists talk at the CLIMARTE Gallery Sunday 5th June, 6pm. Involving EVANESCE artists, the talk will focus on work at the intersection of art and climate emergencies. This event will also launch ART+CLIMATE=ACTION (A+C=A), an ongoing arts + climate advocacy program inspired by CLIMARTE's highly successful ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE biennial festivals.

Between Machine and Prey: An Artist Talk with Kris Verdonck and Kristof van Baarle

Between Machine and Prey: An Artist Talk with Kris Verdonck and Kristof van Baarle as part of the ‘Future Scenarios: Performance, Climate, Ecology’ series presented by the University of Melbourne School of Culture and Communication.

P.P.P.P public discussion and celebration

On the eve of Australia's Federal election, we had a public discussion of the role street posters play in mobilising communities to demand a better future. The discussion was led by Dr. Clare McCracken, a CLIMARTE poster artist (2019) and recipient of Vice Chancellors scholarship for her practice-led research which sits at the intersection of art, cultural geography and urban theory.

FIRE FORUM

Artists FIONA LEE, JODY GRAMHAM, BENEDICT SIBLEY,  ANDY ACKLAND predictive services specialist in the CFA  bushfire team and CAM WALKER CFA volunteer and member of Australian Firefighters Climate Alliance joined Jo Lane from CLIMARTE in a discussion about FIRE and ART in our FIRE FORUM.

JAMIE PERERA at CLIMARTE Gallery, 'Anthropocene in C Major'

Following sold-out shows described at Adelaide Fringe as hectic, devastating, thought provoking and brilliant, UK/Portugal based composer and sound artist Jamie Perera performed 'Anthropocene in C Major' at the CLIMARTE Gallery from sunset on 9th March 2022.

Poster Project III: Why a Call to Art? Forum

The Poster Project III: Why a Call to Art? Forum officially launched CLIMARTE's third poster project with the City of Melbourne. Led by Dr. Lara Stevens, Forum speakers included Professor Brian Martin, Professor Patricia Piccinini and Dr Jen Rae. Introduced by City of Melbourne Councillor Rohan Leppert, the Forum was an exceptional opportunity to hear leaders in creative communications discuss their research and practice, as well as their views on the potential power of art to change Everything.

The Bach Project

If not now, then when? An intergenerational Conversation on Culture and Climate Action in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project featuring a musical interlude by Yo-Yo Ma.

EXHIBITIONS

FOOD

30 Nov - 21 Dec 2022. We all rely on food.  Food is nourishing and poisonous. Feeding the world; feeding the soil, feeding the plants. feeding the animals and feeding the 8 billion* people on the planet, takes on dystopian proportions. CLIMARTE presents an exhibition and public events on food including a commissioned piece**,exploring aspects of food choices on our health and the health of ecosystems upon which all lives depend.

FOREST: The Last Stand

2 to 26 November 2022. In the lead up to Victoria's state election, 'FOREST: The Last Stand' exposes why our precious natural forests are so critically endangered, honours the communities protecting them and invites new defenders.

Hanging by a thread

12 October to 29 October 2022. 'Hanging by a thread' is an exhibition about the climate and environmental impact of fashion design and production, and the exciting developments that could transform the industry from being appallingly ecocidal to one that genuinely is absolutely fabulous.

REGENEROSITY

3 October to 9 October 2022. REGENEROSITY is an exhibition of new work by Rachel Mounsey that portrays the exuberance of Gippsland’s sustainability landscape and its generous, persistent people. Note: extended open days due to one week show.

Solastalgia & tomorrow

12 September to 1 October 2022. In 2007 Professor Glenn Albrecht proposed the word 'solastalgia' to enable understanding of environmentally induced distress.  The word is derived from both solace and nostalgia recognised as being critical components in an emotional response to dramatic change in the environment, landscape, and home. Now in 2022 this concept is far more broadly understood and Albrecht himself has moved on recognising the need to think imaginatively of our future. In this show works come together from 2009 through to 2022 that vibrate with humanness expressing a desire to be part of a greater world.

Critical Limit: An Urgent Call for Collective Climate Action

4 August 2022 to 3 September 2022. 'Critical Limit: An Urgent Call for Collection Action' presents works from the City of Yarra arts collection and beyond with an environmental focus. Across moving image, photography, painting, prints and sculpture the works explore issues contributing to the climate emergency and its impact on our animal life and natural ecologies.

The #everydayclimatecrisis Visual Petition

The #everydayclimatecrisis Visual Petition is the result of a call out to all women and non-binary people of Australia to create images about Australia's climate crisis, in their local area and country-wide. The Petition's 1,248 printed images showing the effects of climate change were delivered to Federal Parliament in Canberra on 9th June 2022. The ultimate aim is for them to be waved around in Question Time, not a lump of coal. CLIMARTE is thrilled to present artwork from this incredible collaboration.

Evanesce

Produced by Centre for Projection Art, EVANESCE features work by artists whose practice deeply engages with critical issues associated with the Climate Emergency. EVANESCE is a collaboration between CLIMARTE and the Centre for Projection Art, and officially launches CLIMARTE's ART+CLIMATE=ACTION program to present powerful climate justice artwork and creative projects on an ongoing basis.

Poster Projects Past & Present (P.P.P.P.) Exhibition

P.P.P.P. - POSTER PROJECTS PAST & PRESENT Posters remain a dynamic form of communication. From propaganda to grassroots organising, from infographics to memes, from advertising to subvertising, posters have informed, influenced, mocked, roused and inspired generation after generation. The CLIMARTE Poster Projects have visited Melbourne’s streets since 2016 provoking public dialogue and accelerating a response to climate change. P.P.P.P. is an exhibition of all our Posters.

FIRE Exhibition

CLIMARTE was proud to start 2022 with FIRE, an exhibition by artists who have experienced or make work about fire. More extreme and ferocious fires, particularly in Australia, are a huge consequence of the changes in climate due to global warming caused by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Artists in FIRE have experienced its ravaging effects first hand.

HEAR Exhibition

CLIMARTE was proud to open the world’s first Climate Emergency Gallery with HEAR, an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art calling for all Australians to listen to and care for Country. For CLIMARTE, it was critically important that the Gallery open with First Nations artists’ voices. We were humbled by the opportunity to present this exceptional collection of deeply engaging artwork.

PAST PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Guy Abrahams Opens Simon Harsent Show

This event took place at Edmund Pearce Gallery Melbourne 5 February 2014

The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show

The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show is curated by Danish artist Søren Dahlgaard with deputy curators Elena Gilbert & Microclima.

William L. Fox Interview

Interview with William L. Fox, Director, Centre For Art + Environment (USA), 7 May 2015. Presented by ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015

David Buckland Interview

Interview with David Buckland, Director Cape Farewell, UK, 7 May 2015. Presented by ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015

2015 Promotional Video

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015 is a festival of climate change related arts and ideas featuring curated exhibitions alongside a series of keynote lectures and public forums featuring local and international guests.

Art Climate Ethics: What Role For The Arts?

This event took place at Federation Square As Part Of The Sustainable Living Festival 29 April 2017 as part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE

Earth And Sky John Marwurndjul And Gulumbu Yunupingu

The exhibition Earth and Sky curated by Hetti Perkins, features a selection of bark paintings by John Mawurndjul and Gulumbu Yunupingu, two of the most outstanding Australian artists of our time

The Art Of The Anthropocene

Nevada Museum of Art asks us to imagine art, not just for art’s sake, but art that walks in the world; recording and archiving the human experience for present and future generations to learn and grow from.

Counting One to Four

Counting One to Four: Nature morte synthesises the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) findings revealing predicted mass species extinctions as global average temperatures increase by one to four degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Harnessing the Arts

This video was produced and created by festival Director Bronwyn Johnson and Guy Abrahams for CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival.

KEYNOTE: ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017

Artist and co-founder of The Canary Project Edward Morris discusses the diverse ways in which artists can contribute to social movements to address climate change.

In conversation at Geelong Gallery

Geelong Gallery hosts a dynamic conversation with exhibiting artists Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes, Co-founder and CEO of CLIMARTE, Guy Abrahams, Executive Director of CLIMARTE, Bronwyn Johnson and Geelong Gallery Director, Jason Smith.

Debbie Symons, Counting One To Four: Nature Morte 2015

This video installation was exhibited at PRODROMUS gallery in Paris during the world climate negotiations in November 2015 and exhibited at the Streaming Museum, at the Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, New York City in October 2015.

Art Climate Ethics: What Role For The Arts?

This event took place at Federation Square, Melbourne as part of the Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) on 27 February 2014 and was awarded Best Forum: SLF Greenie Award.

A Museum for the path ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum

This program was produced and created by festival Director Bronwyn Johnson with Catriona Black Dinham for CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival.

Use Your Voice

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially engaged festival of ideas, exhibitions and events. Presenting over thirty curated exhibitions at leading museums and galleries in Melbourne and regional Victoria, the 2019 festival will consider ideas and concepts around art and activism, community engagement, transition and accelerated action on climate change.

Slaying the Zombie Myth of Institutional Neutrality

This program was produced and created by festival Director Bronwyn Johnson with Catriona Black Dinham for CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival.

PODCASTS

P.P.P.P public discussion and celebration

On the eve of Australia's Federal election, we had a public discussion of the role street posters play in mobilising communities to demand a better future. The discussion was led by Dr. Clare McCracken, a CLIMARTE poster artist (2019) and recipient of Vice Chancellors scholarship for her practice-led research which sits at the intersection of art, cultural geography and urban theory.

If not now, then when? A Conversation on Culture and Climate Action

What must we do in the next 11 years to act decisively to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change; and, how can culture move people from awareness to action to ensure a just and sustainable future for all life on Earth?

Climate Bites NATURE

Sink your teeth into climate bites for info packed discussions with experts on food, water, fashion and nature. Take away practical knowledge and tips to bite back against our climate emergency.

Climate Bites FASHION

Sink your teeth into climate bites for info packed discussions with experts on food, water, fashion and nature. Take away practical knowledge and tips to bite back against our climate emergency.

Climate Bites FOOD

Sink your teeth into climate bites for info packed discussions with experts on food, water, fashion and nature. Take away practical knowledge and tips to bite back against our climate emergency.

A Museum for the path ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum

This keynote will address why we need a cultural shift in response to the climate crisis, and why dedicated climate museums are a necessary, though not sufficient, component of that shift.

Climate Bites WATER

Sink your teeth into climate bites for info packed discussions with experts on food, water, fashion and nature. Take away practical knowledge and tips to bite back against our climate emergency.

Museums & Activism: Slaying the Zombie Myth of Institutional Neutrality

Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones are the co-founders of The Natural History Museum and Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and theory.

PROJECTS

TREE

TREE CLIMARTE is mounting an exhibition of 25 commissioned artworks that depict and communicate a City of Melbourne’s tree and its experience of life. The trees are from the City of Melbourne’s celebrated Urban Forest project. Life has a layered dialogue with trees in the city context.

The Climate Quilt

The Climate Quilt - A CLIMARTE and Psychology for a Safe Climate collaboration.

PUBLICATIONS & CITATIONS

ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE 1

Presenting the work of Australian and international artists across twenty-nine exhibitions and events, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE explores the power of art to create the empathy, emotional engagement and cultural understanding needed to motivate meaningful change.

ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE 11

An illustrated collection of artworks and essays that shine a light on how art can imagine a sustainable future and call for action on climate change.

RECENT PROJECTS

TREE

TREE CLIMARTE is mounting an exhibition of 25 commissioned artworks that depict and communicate a City of Melbourne’s tree and its experience of life. The trees are from the City of Melbourne’s celebrated Urban Forest project. Life has a layered dialogue with trees in the city context.

The Climate Quilt

The Climate Quilt - A CLIMARTE and Psychology for a Safe Climate collaboration.

Poster Projects Past & Present (P.P.P.P.) Exhibition

P.P.P.P. - POSTER PROJECTS PAST & PRESENT Posters remain a dynamic form of communication. From propaganda to grassroots organising, from infographics to memes, from advertising to subvertising, posters have informed, influenced, mocked, roused and inspired generation after generation. The CLIMARTE Poster Projects have visited Melbourne’s streets since 2016 provoking public dialogue and accelerating a response to climate change. P.P.P.P. is an exhibition of all our Posters.

CLIMARTE POSTER PROJECT III A CALL TO ART (2021/22)

CLIMARTE' s Poster Project III  is curated collection of 10 posters to reflect a diversity of approaches to our climate emergency. The recent call out ' A CALL TO ART' received these incredible works, submissions are shown here also, we were so humbled by the number, and concerned, responses.

Poster Project III: Why a Call to Art? Forum

The Poster Project III: Why a Call to Art? Forum officially launched CLIMARTE's third poster project with the City of Melbourne. Led by Dr. Lara Stevens, Forum speakers included Professor Brian Martin, Professor Patricia Piccinini and Dr Jen Rae. Introduced by City of Melbourne Councillor Rohan Leppert, the Forum was an exceptional opportunity to hear leaders in creative communications discuss their research and practice, as well as their views on the potential power of art to change Everything.