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Upcoming Programs:

Two important free keynote lectures:


Museums & Activism: Slaying the Zombie Myth of Institutional Neutrality

Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones (USA)

Co-founders of The Natural History Museum and Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and theory.

Tuesday 30 April 2019
6.30pm – 8.00pm
Deakin Edge Theatre
Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia.
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings essential: tinyurl/MuseumsandActivism

In a post-truth era, the role of trusted institutions of science is more important than ever. Drawing on recent initiatives organized by The Natural History Museum, a traveling pop-up museum founded by the activist art collective Not An Alternative, this talk will explore how The Natural History Museum leverages the symbolic and infrastructural power of science museums to transform them into vital infrastructures for environmental progress, champions of science for the common good, and advocates for a just and sustainable future.
The Natural History Museum (NHM, 2014-) takes the form of a traveling pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, yet are excluded from traditional natural history and science museums. NHM collaborates with artists, curators, community groups, scientists, and museum professionals to create new narratives about our shared history and future, with the goal of educating the public, measurably influencing public opinion, and inspiring collective action. The museum is the latest project of Not An Alternative, a collective that since 2004 has worked at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. The group’s work has been featured within Guggenheim, PS1/MOMA, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, MOCAD, and Museo del Arte Moderno, and in the public sphere. Not An Alternative connects movements to museums and museums to movements, fostering a growing coalition of museum workers, activist scientists, and communities.

Keynotes are presented by CLIMARTE's ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival in association with The Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne


A Museum for The Path Ahead: New York City’s Climate Museum


Director, Climate Museum, New York City

Wednesday 1 May 2019
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings essential:

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. Massie will situate the initiative within its national and local contexts, discussing the public’s response and presenting work from the Museum’s first year of public programming, in particular its two main art exhibitions. This work illustrates the promise at the intersection of institution building and cultural transformation, and it also spotlights questions, challenges, and tensions that lurk within. How to recognise the transformative power of art without instrumentalising it? How to celebrate individual creativity while pulling toward the collective? How to mobilise a culturally conservative form—the museum—for the radical change we need?

Before launching the Climate Museum, Miranda Massie was a civil rights impact litigator, in which capacity her honours included Fletcher Foundation, W.E.B. Dubois Institute and Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowships, as well as a Mentorship-in-Residence at Yale Law School. In 2014, she left this career in the law of social justice and equality to start laying the groundwork for the Museum, in the belief that the climate crisis was at once the greatest intensifier of inequality and an existential threat superseding all other jeopardy to civilization and humanity.

Keynotes are presented by CLIMARTE's ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival in association with The Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne

Public Programs:

Image courtesy of RMIT

Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia - Artist Talk with Lizzy Simpson
RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
3 May, 12:30pm
Tickets: free
Join artist Lizzy Simpson at RMIT Gallery in her cross-media installation ‘you shares me shares….everything’ [a conglomeration of stuff and things], as part of the Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia exhibition, which examines how artists are using creative actions to open discussions around food sustainability and production, environmental catastrophes and human migration in our region.
Through using such materials as compost and displaying living things in her work ‘you shares me shares…..everything’, Lizzy presents a tale of constant mutability.
In her artist talk, Lizzy shares food and welcomes conversation. The many wondrous things presented prompt stories of our enmeshed, often distanced, relationship with things with which we coexist. Come along and share!

Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia – Art & Gentle Activism | Panel Discussion

RMIT Gallery: 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
9 May, 5:30-6:30pm
Tickets: free


Like planners, politicians and entrepreneurs, artists and curators have also swelled the ranks of activists and conscious citizens.

Join us for a panel discussion at RMIT Gallery as part of the Bruised: Art Action and Ecology in Asia exhibition, which examines how artists are using creative actions to open discussions around food sustainability and production, environmental catastrophes and human migration in our region.

In this panel, curators, artists and researchers will look at the different styles of environmental activism and engagement when it comes to making an impact on the pressing issues in our region.

In response to the rapid change in the region, artists in Asia are producing work that explores in many surprising and creative ways issues such as urbanisation and displacement, as well as environmental change.


Dr Alban Mannisi: Landscape Urbanist and senior academic, RMIT

Yu Fang Chi: Taiwan-born jewellery artist

Dr Marnie Badham Artist and researcher, RMIT

Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert: Artist, Curator and Lecturer Curating Contemporary Art, RMIT

Image courtesy of Bunjil Place

Towards A Zero Waste Life with The Rogue Ginger
Bunjil Place Studio: 2 Patrick Northeast Dve, Narre Warren
6 May 2019, 7:30pm
Tickets $10
Erin Rhoads is the curious lady behind The Rogue Ginger, one of Australia's popular eco lifestyle websites. She has been been writing about her own journey since 2013 sharing how she reduced plastic and her rubbish, leading to a happier and healthier life. Through Erin's pursuit to live plastic-free and zero-waste, she learnt to eat real food, discovered new skills, cut down her exposure to harmful chemicals, found joy in moments over things and simplified her life, while saving money.

Creating Change In Casey, Featuring David Holmgren

Bunjil Place Studio: 2 Patrick Northeast Dve, Narre Warren
4 May 2019, 9:30am-3:00pm
Tickets $10
David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept, environmental designer, author & futurist, alongside presentations on Transition Towns and Love Our street, will inspire us with ideas on how we can make changes and achieve a more sustainable life.

Torch Tour in the Gallery
 Bunjil Place Studio: 2 Patrick Northeast Dve, Narre Warren
Tue 7 May, 2.30 pm - 3.00 pm
Fri 11 May, 11.30 am - 12.00 pm
Tickets: free
Did you know after Storytime in the library, kids can join a fun torch tour of our latest exhibition?
We are giving hide and seek a whole new meaning!
Kids are invited to join a guided walk around the gallery using only their torch light to seek and find objects as we explore Vera Möller's exhibition, A Thousand Tides. Sounds like fun, right? So why not bring the kids along and see what exciting things glow in the dark. Parents supervision required.
* Torches supplied on the day.

Spoken Word

Bunjil Place Studio: 2 Patrick Northeast Dve, Narre Warren
7 May 2019, 7:30 pm
Tickets: free

Join us for special night of Spoken Word at Bunjil Place Studio, part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE Festival.

These nights are for all types of performances; Spoken word artists, story tellers, musicians, and comedians, with a focus on the Environment for this special event.
Featuring Monica Karo, a Gunai/Kurnai and Gunditjmara descendant is a Melbourne-based poet, actor and singer-songwriter, as our guest poet.

If you wish to perform on the night send us a message on here or email and we’ll get back to you!
First time performers are always encouraged. There will also be a few open mic spots available on the night.

So come down for some good vibes, a bar and good people.


Littlefoot & Co. is an event based organisation that provides creative spaces for people to connect, have fun, learn and grow. Operating out of the South East of Melbourne we run events, gatherings and workshops focusing on community engagement, mental wellness, creative expression and safe spaces.

It was co-founded by brother and sister duo, Josh and Eden Carell, in 2015 and has now grown into an organisation with a dedicated and passionate committee and extended community.

This community consists of talented and kind individuals who create unique, warm, supportive and creative environments, and who want to put some good into the world through their various events that run every month.

(more info on our Feature Poet



CLIMARTE acknowledges that the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival takes place on the unceded lands of First Nation peoples and pays its respect to elders past, present and emerging.

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