Given the urgency, relevance and legacy of this theme, I've opened up my Polar self Portrait projectto fellow artists, scientists and the public to consider their interpretation. The sharing of this theme has produced a variety of creative interpretations, entering into dialogue with my own work and each other about climate change through art.
To create a confluence of art, action and the public, I've been working on flash mob land art projects, talks, pop up art events and workshops, tailored for different venues and different audiences. In England, venues have included a series of museums, a library, a university, a pub, a pizza place, along the Fylde Coast, the Lake District, and in London.
Polar self Portraits, the film, has been seen by audiences in an art museum in the Arctic, research stations in the Antarctic, universities in Albania and Macedonia, a watch tower in Croatia, a museum in Slovenia, a concert series in New York, and an art gallery in Morocco.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT INCLUDE
Art can change our perceptions, art can nourish us, art can add fun to our lives. Public engagement is about involving people in some way in work that I am involved in, and thus to communicate creatively, investigate ideas, emotions and actions together. This collaborative process can take different forms, but the intent is essentially the same, be the format talks, workshops, portfolio reviews, flash mobs in public spaces or interactive installations inside and outside of the 'white box'. Some of the feedback about my work in public engagement and education can be read here. Enquires are welcome.
Another way to explore the face of London and the landscape of our face: through creativity and climate change, while visiting an artist studio.
FROM POSED SELFIE TO POLAR SELF-PORTRAIT
Following the series of Polar self Portraits workshops in North West England, workshops continue in various settings in London. Public engagement venues include the Art Museum at UCL, four workshops at the Swiss Cottage Central Library, and the O2 Centre right next to the edge of the Polar glacier during the last Ice Age.
POLAR SELFIES IN THE NORTH WEST OF ENGLAND
Connecting spaces and faces of water through art and climate change. Art workshop, flash mob, pop up by the Irish Sea and the Lake District. Some of the venues include museums such as The Ruskin Museum, the Wordsworth Museum, the Kendal Museum, and the Fleetwood Museum as well sea promenades, market, forest, ferry and the 15th century Red Lion Inn. Public feedback about these public engagement activities about climate change and art include statements from participants, curators and museum directors. Press reports about these workshops and land art installations along the Fylde Coast and in the Lake District.
AN ARTIST AND A SCIENTIST IN SEARCH OF VANISHING POLAR CAPS
Illustrated talk and pop up art. Two public engagement events at the Art Museum, University College London.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO CREATE A SEA IN THE GARDEN?
Land art installation with school groups. Flash mob about art, climate and change – to jazz.