An ArtCan Climate Change Virtual Art Event exploring artists response to Climate Change through painting, sculpture, and video, joining the conversation for COP27.
We have arrived at a moment where we need startling change, a restructure of our accepted way of life, and to quickly learn and use any emerging technologies that will lead us in the right direction. Art can be a way of discussing the world around us, a reflection of society, often intentionally distorted to highlight issues that make us uncomfortable or offer a creative vision of a future yet to come.
Whilst we cannot ignore the effects of Climate Change, the curators´ optimism has grown through investigating scientific and community solutions, and have chosen to include speakers on sustainability, upcycling and science lead solutions. The full list of speakers will be announced at the private view on 8th November.
Featured artists: Alison Berrett, Andrew Halliday, Angel Castillo Perona, Cat Coulter, Catherine Fenton, Claire Milner, Emmanuelle Orr, Francesca Ciaudano, Hannah Pratt, Hedy Parry-Davies, Jan Lee Hohnson, Jen Wiggle, Katherine Filice, Laura Fishman, Lawrence Mathias, Lisa Pettibone, Luana Asiata, Lucy Chapman, Mandana Khonsari, Mandeep Dillon, Marsha Roddy, Melanie Jordan, Neal Vaughan, Rebecca Tucker, Sylvie Millen, Richard Nicholls, Toby Haynes, Sabatin Bascoban, Sandra Camargo, Sandy Layton, Shilpa Agashe, Strathis Dimitriadis, Sue Ransley, Sylvis Bahri, Uta Feinstein.
The Curators: Catherine Fenton, Hannah Pratt and Lawrence Mathias
Catherine Fenton’s work frequently deals with issues surrounding the environment and human rights. Using collaged material relating to the subject, her paintings subtly draw the viewer in with colour and texture, with the intention of rousing further curiosity. Her paintings have been exhibited with the Just Water campaign in St Paul’s Cathedral London, along with exhibitions and installations for Greenpeace, Toilet Twinning and The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture. Catherine gives talks about the Role of Art & the Environment, which include COP25 Madrid for RECIDA Climate Change libraries, and Rothamsted Research Herts for Earth Day. Joining ArtCan in 2016, Catherine is now the Philanthropic Programme Director.
Lawrence Mathias is a Harrow based visual artist who works across various media, from painting and ceramics to film and sound. He has shown work widely across London and Europe and is a frequent collaborator with other artists on projects. He has been engaged with environmental issues and politics for some time, and much of his work is centred on these subjects. Art reflects in the subtlest ways possible the complexity of these issues, and the current ArtCan show provides an exceptional opportunity for a varied and deep engagement with the crisis that is climate change.
Hannah is a multidisciplinary artist and curator whose practice sits between the subjects of art and science. She has been working with climate change-based works, shows and residencies for the last 5 years primarily using climate change data and visualisations to raise awareness both as a call to action and to make climate science more accessible. Hannah believes a collective effort by everyone is needed to alleviate climate change and is possible by using art as activism and engaging the population to take small meaningful steps to change our climate and our future.
ArtCan is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation with members across Britain and internationally. ArtCan’s work is supported by the efforts of artist-member volunteers, contributions from Founder Friends and Friends of ArtCan and with the valued guidance of the Board of Trustees.
ArtCan has expertise in producing collaborative art exhibitions in London, across Britain and internationally. The exhibitions complement the work of established galleries by enabling talent to gain experience and skills. ArtCan work with galleries, but also seeks new spaces where art becomes a part of everyday life and with the aim of involving audiences in an organic and personal way. ArtCan’s artist-centred ethos means that the model does not involve charging membership fees or commissions on sales, to help artists focus on developing a sustainable practice.
ArtCan’s own virtual gallery is a virtual space that enables ArtCan to develop their hybrid model of exhibiting, which provides both offline and online programming and viewing opportunities. Initially, the hybrid model was a response to the limitations of COVID-19. However, in recommitting to its online reach ArtCan has seen its involvement with both its membership and audience broaden and deepen and for these reasons will remain.
Tom Dale, TD360, has redesigned the gallery space specifically for Breathing Out, meeting with the curators and turning their concept of a natural but clean space, into reality.
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