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A New Year - lots to see and do!

This weekend Melbourne sees the return of the Sustainable Living Festival Big Weekend with an amazing array of activities, displays and presentations. Highlights include the breathtaking Climate Guardian angels with CLIMARTE Board Member Deborah Hart. Come and hear how they spread their wings and rose to international fame at the recent global climate summit in Paris. Sunday 14 February 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm The Greenhouse, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne.

The Transitions Film Festival is returning to Cinema Nova on February 18 with an inspirational line up of world-changing films. To celebrate, CLIMARTE has a double pass to give away to Breath of Life, screening Tuesday 23rd of Feb at 6:30pm, followed by a panel discussion with John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute), Kate Auty (MSSI) and Katerina Gaita (Climate for Change). For your chance to win, head to the Festival's ticket giveaways page enter the code BREATHCLIME.

Sydney’s latest must-visit tasting bar is serving something more precious than vintage French bubbles or Japanese whiskey: our natural water supply. H2O: Water Bar is an installation by artist Janet Laurence that allows you to sample a variety of water sourced from regions of Australia. Australia’s identity is tied to our relationship with water, from the waterholes used as weapons, to the long droughts that affect our regional communities, and the environmental threats to the future of Australia’s ground water. From 13 - 28 Feb at Paddington Reservoir Gardens, 251-255 Oxford Street, Paddington.

To prepare for the next decade, the City of Melbourne is bringing the community together to refresh the goals for Future Melbourne. The Future Melbourne 2026 online engagement hub is now live and we are invited to add our ideas for our city’s future. Future Melbourne 2026 will look at five key trends – digital city, climate change, future economies, urban growth and density, and citizens and government. Have your say about the role of creativity and the arts in all of these areas, especially climate change! Let the City of Melbourne know that the arts are of vital importance to Melbourne's future! Open until 31 March 2016.

What about this for an idea? The Art Newspaper reports that in Leicester, UK, David Attenborough has opened a £1.5m gallery for socially-engaged art with an exhibition by Lucy and Jorge Orta on environmental change. With three temporary exhibitions a year, the centre’s international contemporary art programme will “prioritise artists with a social conscience,” says the university’s president and vice-chancellor, Paul Boyle.

Last year CLIMARTE friends John Wiseman and Fay Chomley visited Venice, a city of magnificent art and architecture, but also rising tides, abandoned warehouses and crumbling palaces, to sample the diverse array of climate change and environmentally focused art works that formed part of the 2015 Venice Art Biennale. CLIMARTE will be publishing their reflections and insights soon in a special edition of our newsletter.

Closer to home, if you want to see a funny, poignant and clever play about how life, love, babies, and carbon emissions can turn your world upside down, check out 'Lungs' at the Melbourne Theatre Company. It's a rom com with a social conscience, and an amazing set... On until 19 March at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio.

In Wollongong the 2nd EcoArts Australis National Conference  will be held from 14–16 February 2016. This conference brings together environmental and arts practitioners to explore the visual and performing arts in creative ways to foster environmental sustainability. The 2016 theme is: Building Sustainability with the Arts. CLIMARTE's Guy Abrahams will be one of the Keynote Speakers.

This week Guy also gave a presentation on the role of the arts in creating a culture to tackle climate change to the 2016 joint Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) and Australian Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS) National Conference. The Conference followed news of CSIRO cuts to climate science research. If you would like to sign the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s petition protesting these globally condemned cuts click here.

Finally, and on a much happier note, congratulations to CLIMARTE Board Member Marielle Soni on her appointment as a Director of Alcaston Gallery, one of Australia's leading galleries  representing and exhibiting Australian Indigenous Artists.

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