ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 FREE Key Events 19 April – 14 May, 2017

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 is drawing closer with just over two weeks to go until the official opening on Wednesday 19 April. A festival of provocative climate change related arts and ideas, the event provides a platform for the discussion of the challenges, opportunities, impacts, and solutions associated with climate change.

At the core of the festival is an ardent belief in the creative power of the arts to engage and inspire the community to question issues and incite action on climate change. The 2017 festival returns this year bigger and better featuring 28 exhibitions in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The featured exhibitions and events are headlined by three free keynote presentations by a selection of leading international cultural commentators and artists.

Ed Morris (USA): Avowing the Political: Art and Social Change
Monday 1 May 2017 6.30-8.00PM, free entry, bookings essential

Renowned artist Edward Morris (USA) will present Avowing the Political: Art and Social Change. Morris is one half of the artist duo Sayler/Morris, whose work ranges from the contemplative to the straight-up activist. He will discuss the diverse ways in which artists can contribute to social movements to address climate change.

The Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The University of Melbourne
761 Swanston St, Parkville
ed-morris.eventbrite.com.au

Forms of Resistance
Wednesday 3 May 2017 6-8.00PM, free entry, bookings essential

Three innovative Australian artists – filmmaker Alex Kelly, Quandamooka woman and artist Megan Cope, and Melbourne-based artist and researcher Amy Spiers – will come together for a panel discussion around Forms of Resistance. They will draw upon their work, influences and ideas around issues of environmental and social justice in a discussion about the different tactics that artists can use to incite social and political change.

The Melba Spiegeltent
35 Johnston St, Collingwood
www.artclimatechange.org/event/forms-of-resistance/

Mel Evans (UK): Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts
Friday 5 May 2017 6.30-8.00PM, free entry, bookings essential

Mel Evans (UK) draws upon her extensive work and research about art and its relationship to corporate sponsorship in Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Evans is a member of Liberate Tate, an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change and the author Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, in which she argues how corporate sponsorships erase unsightly environmental destruction. Her writing has been published in a wide selection of renowned international publications and her play Oil City was produced by Platform and presented as part of the Two Degrees Festival in 2013.

The Carillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
The University of Melbourne
761 Swanston St, Parkville
mel-evans.eventbrite.com.au

These discussions are not to be missed! All keynotes are free, bookings essential.