New book explores the role of art in countering climate change

July 16 / 184

Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus D’Aspremont, 2012, digital C-type print, 75 x 110 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Ronchini Gallery, London.
Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus D’Aspremont, 2012, digital C-type print, 75 x 110 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Ronchini Gallery, London.

A new book from Melbourne University Publishing explores the role that art and artists can play in countering climate change and motivating people to advocate for action.

Art + Climate = Change is edited by CLIMARTE founder and CEO Guy Abrahams and Executive Director Bronwyn Johnson, with Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Kelly Gellatly.

Writing in his foreword to the book, Guy Abrahams says ‘into this troubled arena of a changing climate steps the artist’.

“Throughout history artists have played a major role in recording and reflecting the state of society and the natural world within which society exists. Sometimes art is a record of the past. Sometimes art is a catalyst for cultural change,” he writes.

Abrahams believes that as many people turn off from discussions of climate change from either a wish to avoid thinking about the topic or from information overload, art “can provide an intellectually free and non-threatening space in which ideas, problems and solutions can be considered, and where personal responses, reflections and discussions are welcome.”

ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE began life as a festival which brought together a critical mass of exhibitions, talks and related events that catalysed and influenced cultural conversations around climate change.

It drew an audience of 75,000 people, and was named by the Huffington Post as one of 2015’s top ten global climate change events.

To find out more or purchase the book click here.

Story by Katherine Smith.

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