CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 attracted over 180,000 people who attended 30 exhibitions highlighting work by 255 artists and over 40 public programs in Melbourne and regional Victoria. The Festival was an incredible success. As one visitor said:
"The festival gave me a chance to engage with climate change more deeply and to feel a sense of connection to other people who share concerns about the planet. In turn it helps sharpen my focus on how I might respond, and how I might contribute in productive ways.”
Since the Festival we've continued to be busy, giving presentations on the role of the arts in climate change at the international Ecocity World Summit held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition's massive and inspiring youth focused Powershift 2017.
We've met with Miranda Massie, the dynamic Director of New York's Climate Museum, and been nominated for a prestigious international Leading Culture Destination Awards. We attended the Australian premiere of Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's new film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power with Mr Gore in attendance and giving a passionate plea for all of us to stand up and send a message of truth to power. Be inconvenient.
Meanwhile there's plenty of other things going on...
Murray Fredericks, Mirror 11, 2017
Image courtesy of ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
School Art Competition - Only One Sky
The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society is running an Art competition in conjunction with Only One Sky for primary and secondary school students with cash prizes! More information is in the attached flyer and on the AMOS web site
NB. Closing date for submissions has been extended to 22 September 2017.
The competition is sponsored by: ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS), CSIRO Publishing, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Scientell, Vaisala, and Madman Entertainment.
An exciting opportunity is available for artists to respond creatively to climate change in partnership with the City of Onkaparinga, South Australia. Each year, at Sauerbier House, the City of Onkaparinga offers eight site-responsive artist in residency (AiR) occupancies to selected contemporary artists working in any medium.
As a new initiative in 2018-19, two of the successful artists will have the unique opportunity to be embedded within the Sustainability Team. Council has been working for many years to prepare for changes to our climate, and the artists will be supported to collaborate with diverse staff including senior strategic planners, engineers, community relations staff, natural resource managers, and biodiversity specialists. All residencies conclude with a supported exhibition hosted at Sauerbier House.
Climate Watch - track a species using the Climate Watch app and help scientists understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals: http://www.climatewatch.org.au
QuestaGame – collect useful species data for the Atlas of Living Australia via a free app-based game, whilst competing to save life on earth!: http://questagame.com
Refuge, Arts House, North Melbourne, 2016
How can artists and arts institutions respond in a climate crisis?
Arts House in North Melbourne is running an innovative project in November this year and needs you!
Refuge explores the role of artists and cultural institutions in times of climate catastrophe. Each year until 2020, we’re bringing together emergency management, artists, the community and local, regional and international partners, to prepare Arts House as a Relief Centre for 24 hours, in an imagined climate disaster.
In 2016, we imagined a local flood and transformed the North Melbourne Town Hall into a Relief Centre for 24 hours. This year we envisage the increasing possibility of five consecutive days over 40°C.
We were all shocked and deeply saddened by the recent news of the passing of our friend and colleague Adam Majcher. Adam was an inspirational and tireless campaigner in the climate movement. I first met Adam in his role as Australian coordinator of former US Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project in 2009.
Adam's enthusiasm, encouragement, and support helped give me the confidence to make my own contribution to the cause that he was so passionate about. Every encounter with Adam, whether in person, by phone or by email, was personal and positive and left one feeling reenergised and hopeful.
Our thoughts are with his wife, daughter and other family members, as well as his wide community of friends and colleagues at the Climate Reality Project, the Australian Conservation Foundation, ClimateWorks, and elsewhere. Adam will be deeply, deeply missed, but his beaming smile will remain with us all.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 takes place 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.