Creative Showcase

ClimateCultures is pleased to present our Creative Showcase: an evolving collection of new and recent works from our members: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, film, audio or visual art, courses, projects and other works from our network of artists, curators and researchers exploring creative responses to ecological and climate change.

So far, our members’ portfolio features: a poem asking how would the climate feel being messed around in this way, an artist book of images and texts on land and history, poetry & prose poem collections speaking to a need for connection with the growing world, two new novels of the near future, an essay on belonging here and now in our connections with nature, online art shows for climate action and recovery from pandemic, an online course for nurturing ecological literacy within the creative sector, a zine exploring the experience we’re on the edge of, books celebrating the love in relationships with rescued wild animals, the role of snow in cultures around the world, the opportunities for a wooded future and practical choices now to reduce carbon emissions, and comic books reimagining the classic Wizard of Oz for a 21st-century world of science and magic, and the adventures of Captain Polo – the climate change bear…

Creative Showcase contributors: Nadine Andrews, Julian Bishop, Nancy Campbell, Laura Coleman, Jo Dacombe, Cathy Fitzgerald, Brit Griffin, Alan Hesse, Sarah Hymas, Neil Kitching, Bill McGuire, Selva Ozelli, Oliver Raymond-Barker, Robin Walter & Quentin Young.


Art at Net Zero Festival London

“The transboundary nature of digital art has allowed me to participate in fifteen international art shows during September.” Selva Ozelli has been busy making art shows and interviewing artists, museums and international NGOs to support Net Zero Festival London and its aims to be a catalyst towards a net zero, equitable and resilient future.  “Our … Continue reading “Art at Net Zero Festival London”

Pyres - image for Julian Bishop's Changeling

Changeling

“I always feel uneasy placing the self at the centre of a piece – the planet doesn’t and shouldn’t care a jot about my own views.” Julian Bishop‘s poem asks how would the climate feel being messed around in this way – drawing on myths of an evil fairy child substituted for a human baby. … Continue reading “Changeling”

Trinity by Oliver Raymond Barker

Trinity

“I see this as an anti-camera, one that does not strive for resolution and clarity … but instead seeks to capture the essence of place whilst also providing sanctuary for the artist.” In Trinity, Oliver Raymond-Barker‘s camera obscura images combine with commissioned texts, offering complex, interconnected narratives of land and histories of spirituality, protest, control. … Continue reading “Trinity”

The Puma Years: A Memoir

“There are more than a million heartbeats … nothing is like mine.” In her discovery of a remarkable rainforest community of people and animals, Laura Coleman explores the meaning of love and rescue against backdrops of deforestation, illegal animal trafficking and forest fires, and the work of a pioneering charity created by young Bolivian volunteers. … Continue reading “The Puma Years: A Memoir”

Showing the covers of Sarah Hymas's books Melt and The Hispering

Melt & The Hispering

“Both books speak to my ongoing need for connection and intra-veloping with the growing world. They explore how I experience what I breathe, how water, soil and grasses unfold from me and I from them.” In melt and the hispering, Sarah Hymas encourages us to rethink, blur, mix up, remake the stories we’ve been told. … Continue reading “Melt & The Hispering”

Pole to Pole by Alan Hesse

Pole to Pole

“Unaware of last night’s events, the next day our friends resume their journey. Once again, the powerful ocean currents drag them ever southwards…” In Alan Hesse‘s comic book, Pole to Pole, Captain Polo leaves his disrupted Arctic home, seeking better hunting grounds. Unbeknown to him, he has onboard a mysterious stowaway with his own agenda. … Continue reading “Pole to Pole”

Carbon Choices

“Even where I live in Scotland, I am aware of the changing climate around me.” In Carbon Choices, Neil Kitching moves beyond our frustration with the lack of action to tackle climate change and nature loss over the past 30 years to set out the practical ways that governments, businesses and individuals can change now. … Continue reading “Carbon Choices”

Wizard of O2 by Quentin Young

The Wizard of O2

“Now you must be careful. The Wicked Weather of the West is a cunning shapeshifter.” Quentin D. Young‘s comic-book, The Wizard of O2 re-imagines the classic tale to bring us back to the Land of Oz for a 21st-century adventure in science and magic, creating space for humor and hope in the face of climate catastrophe. … Continue reading “The Wizard of O2”

Living with Trees by Robin Walter

Living with Trees

“Imagine these islands with large forests, small woods and a countryside dotted with trees, covering about a third of the land.” Robin Walter’s new book, Living with Trees, traces our long associations with woodland since the Ice Age, noting what we’ve lost, celebrating our remaining ancient woodland and trees, and calling for a wooded future. … Continue reading “Living with Trees”

Snow: Showing the cover of Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell

Fifty Words for Snow

“The snow lay in waist-high drifts, and kept falling. I’d gone to Iceland to write about snow, but I found that snow had other ideas…” Nancy Campbell‘s new book, Fifty Words for Snow, reflects on snow’s role in cultures around the world and the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity in a rapidly changing world. … Continue reading “Fifty Words for Snow”

Jo Dacombe IMMINENT

Imminent: a Zine on Emergency and Connectedness

“I wanted to start the zine because I needed the outlet for myself, to try to connect with other people through my own rage and hope. I found that many others needed this too.” Jo Dacombe‘s IMMINENT explores the experience we’re on the edge of: climate emergency, nature connectedness, working together, grief, loss, determination, optimism. … Continue reading “Imminent: a Zine on Emergency and Connectedness”

Haumea Online 7-week Essential Ecoliteracy for Creatives & Art Professionals

“This is a comprehensive introductory course, as ecoliteracy is a big topic. It means becoming familiar with ecological philosophy, ethics, law, psychology, science and economics that an ecological worldview advances and I share examples of creatives pioneering this path.” Cathy Fitzgerald‘s online learning offers a means to rapidly bring ecological literacy to the creative sector. … Continue reading “Haumea Online 7-week Essential Ecoliteracy for Creatives & Art Professionals”

Showing bird tracks for essay on belonging

The Long Return: an Essay on Belonging

“The key to a sense of connection is spending time in natural places. These are intimate acts of slow and patient observation.” In her personal, revelatory essay for a new book from artist Paul Harfleet, Nadine Andrews explores ideas of belonging and connection through reflections on birds’ migration, human ambivalence and serendipitous encounters with nature. … Continue reading “The Long Return: an Essay on Belonging”

Showing cover for Wintermen III novel

The Wintermen III – At the End of the World

“You know, Tiny, it was sentiments like that that caused all the problems in the first place.” In her climate thriller, Brit Griffin‘s future dystopia is a crucible for our moral choices today: how to find our way to be a better species in a world that’s already changed is a path of the imagination. … Continue reading “The Wintermen III – At the End of the World”

Showing cover of Skyseed novel on geonegineering

Skyseed – Hacking the Earth might be the last thing we ever do…

“For the first time in the history of the world, it was literally raining carbon…” In his thriller Skyseed, writer and scientist Bill McGuire explores what might happen if we start geoengineering our climate to ‘fix’ global heating, and everything goes pear-shaped. A cautionary tale from a researcher steeped in the natural history of disasters. … Continue reading “Skyseed – Hacking the Earth might be the last thing we ever do…”

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