As the year draws to a close we'd like to let you know about some great organisations and projects that are making creative contributions to a cleaner and fairer world.
Guy, Bronwyn and the CLIMARTE Board wish all our supporters a happy, peaceful, and sustainable festive season and we look forward to bringing you news of more exciting CLIMARTE programs in the new year.
LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) was set up by Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry in 2009 with the goal of accelerating the transition to post-carbon economies by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire, and educate—while providing equitable power to thousands of homes around the world.
Solar Hourglass, 1st Place Winner LAGI 2014 Copenhagen
Santiago Muros Cortés
Energy Technologies: concentrated solar power (thermal beam-down tower with heliostats)
Annual Capacity: 7,500 MWh
LAGI's international design competitions is now coming to Melbourne for LAGI 2018.
With sponsorship from the Victorian State Government LAGI 2018 will be open to anyone around the world, and will invite artists, designers, scientists, engineers, and others to submit proposals for large-scale and site-specific public art installations that generate clean energy for the St Kilda Triangle site in Melbourne. The design brief is being carefully crafted with local partners to align with the strategic plans and cultural context of the local site, the city, and the region.
CLIMARTE is proud to partner with LAGI in this exciting initiative, and pleased to announce that our CEO Guy Abrahams will be one of the competition jurors.
We are thrilled to that our colleagues at Cape Farewell have won the prestigious Swedish Utstickarpriset 2017 from a shortlist including Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Fox, Tina-Marie Qwiberg and Mattias Klum.
The Utstickarpriset Jury said:
“This year’s winner inspires the great cultural shift needed to build a sustainable future. They engage creative and visionary minds to rightfully challenge our ambitions, values and behaviour. Cape Farewell uses cultural expressions to convey key messages on climate change and sustainability andto inspire debate that encourages positive action. By increasing global awareness, emotional as well as intellectual, Cape Farewell awakens us andleads us towards a better future.”
Our warmest congratulations to Cape Farewell founder David Buckland.
Another World is Possible
by Cape Farewell founder David Buckland
Cogent Arts & Humanities journal is calling for submissions to a special issue exploring the intersection of contemporary art with ecology, climate change, and environmental activism. More info here.
Get Cheffed is the food event of the summer season, bringing together the best of Gippsland in a tasty immersive experience. 18 Feb 2018, 10am-6pm More info here.
UPDATE FROM CLIMARTE TEAM
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Production Coordinator Julia Earley recently attended international Creative Climate Leadership training in Slovenia. The five-day intensive course allowed 23 participants from around the world to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change while developing their own ideas and leadership skills.
Julia Earley, far left
with participants from Indonesia, UK and Spain
Photo by Karim Shalaby
Creative Climate Leadership October 2017
CLIMARTE CEO and co-founder Guy Abrahams has contributed a chapter in new book Building Sustainability with the Arts, published by Cambridge Scholars. This book includes perspectives on the role of the arts in building ecological sustainability from visual and performing artists, scientists, social researchers, environmental educators and research students.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which CLIMARTE works and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present, & future. We also acknowledge the invaluable artistic and cultural legacy of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, who over many thousands of years have engaged with the natural world and its forces through their art, and who have been sustainable stewards of this land.