CLIMARTE Poster Project – sticking up for climate change action

May 16 / 182

Eleven Australian artists, including Kate Daw and Jon Campbell from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), have been commissioned by CLIMARTE to design posters that engage the community on climate change action.

The ten posters are part of the CLIMARTE Poster Project 2016, with 500 A0-sized posters displayed on sites around Melbourne – including the corner of Lygon and Elgin Streets in Carlton, and at Flinders Street Station. The posters are also being exhibited at the Carlton Connect Initiative’s LAB-14 gallery on the corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets.

Kate Daw’s poster, one good day, references the “simultaneous everyday and miraculous aspect of a daily natural event, in this case, the sun setting at the end of an ordinary working day,” Ms Daw says in her artist’s statement.

“It speaks to the future and the past and reminds us of what we take for granted”, she says.

Jon Campbell’s poster, Great Barrier Reef, encourages people to think about the damage being done to the reef’s fragile ecosystems. 

“The Great Barrier Reef holds a particular place in the psyche of this country and seemed a good choice of subject to try to engage the public to think about the damage of climate change, given it is bleaching at an alarming rate,” Mr Campbell says in his artist’s statement.

The other commissioned artists were Angela Brennan, Chris Bond, Katherine Hattam, Siri Hayes, Martin King, Gabrielle de Vietri and Will Foster, Thornton Walker, and Miles Howard-Wilks.

Dr Peter Christoff from the School of Geography also contributed the catalogue essay for the exhibition, a version of which has been published in The Conversation

CLIMARTE and the Carlton Connect Initiative will also host a forum on the role and effectiveness of visual media in communicating matters of environmental and social importance. Speakers include Peter Christoff (Associate Professor, School of Geography, Belinda Smith (Deputy News Editor, COSMOS Magazine), Gabrielle De Vietri (A Centre for Everything, and CLIMARTE Poster Project artist) and Dr Kate Daw (Head of Painting, School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, and CLIMARTE Poster Project artist).

The CLIMARTE Poster Project 2016 is supported by the City of Melbourne 2016 arts grants program, the Purves Environmental Fund, the Carlton Connect Initiative at the University of Melbourne, and Plakkit.

Story by Cristen Teen

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