2019 Members’ Posts

This is the complete ClimateCultures blog archive of 2019 Members’ Posts so far. For Members Posts from 2018 see here. For Members Posts from 2017 see here

March 2019

Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia: Leah and Chloe Smith

by Mary Woodbury
Gifts of Sound and Vision
approx 8 minutes


Mary Woodbury returns with this moving contribution to our Gifts of Sound and Vision series — where Members offer personal responses to film or audio pieces that open up a space for reflection on environmental and climate change. Mary, who grew up in Kentucky and now lives in Canada, finds deep resonance in the music of Rising Appalachia, a band that draws on the rural landscapes of Mary’s own family experiences, and whose fusion of music offers us ideas of resilience and community in the face of change and loss. 

Bone Landscapes

Bone Forest, Jo Dacombe

by Jo Dacombe
11 March 2019
Environmental Change
approx 6 minutes


ClimateCultures welcomes Jo Dacombe, an artist exploring sense of place, layers of history and the power of objects, and who creates work, installations and interventions through a variety of media. Here, Jo describes her work with museums and university researchers to create visual art inspired by the relationships between bones and landscapes, now and into the future.

Eco-social Art — Engaging Climate Literacy 

Berneray Community Polycrub_2016

by Laura Donkers
4 March 2019
Cultural Change
approx 9 minutes


ClimateCultures welcomes Laura Donkers, an environmental artist who has developed a form of eco-social art engagement that works with the embodied knowledge of a community to help develop climate literacy. Currently in the final year of a practice-led PhD at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at Dundee University, Laura describes her approach to and experience of working with local communities in Uist, in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, before — in her next post — she moves to Aotearoa New Zealand to expand her research.

February 2019 

UNFIX Festival — Unfix the Situation

UNFIX situation 2019 Image by Henrik Knudsen

by Paul Michael Henry
25 February 2019
Art & Eco Activism
approx 5 minutes


ClimateCultures welcomes artistic director and performer Paul Michael Henry, who has devised and delivered successive UNFIX festivals. Here, he discusses his motivation and ambitions for these international gatherings and explorations, ahead of UNFIX 2019 next month.

“Attending to the world’s extraordinary surprise” 

by James Murray-White
19 February 2019
approx 4 minutes


Filmmaker James Murray-White reviews Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky’s recent book, Learning to Die: Wisdom in the age of climate crisis. This captivating and challenging read urges the cultivation of human virtues in a time of crisis and the rejection of lazy thinking.

January 2019

Out of Range

by Nancy Campbell 
24 January 2019
approx 8 minutes


In a welcome return to our pages, poet Nancy Campbell reviews fellow poet (and ClimateCultures Member) Nick Drake’s new collection, Out of Range. These poems celebrate proximity and distance — spatial, temporal or emotional — to remark on the state we’re in, and take the reader on a journey through known worlds and into unknown ones. 

“Firestone far beneath our feet” 

Cornerstones cover, by Little Toller Books

by James Murray-White 
8 January 2019
approx 5 minutes


Filmmaker James Murray-White spent a winter break in Cumbria to edit footage for his film, Finding Blake, and he took time out for ClimateCultures to reviewCornerstones. This new collection of writing explores how all landscapes — from Dartmoor to the Arctic Circle — begin below the surface of the earth.