I set up and curate ClimateCultures as an online space for creative conversations between artists, researchers and curators.
I am an independent researcher, project and events manager, and writer on environmental and climate change issues. Since completing an MA Climate Change at Exeter University in 2011, my focus is on exploring, supporting and delivering cultural and creative responses to environmental and climate change. In this capacity, I’ve managed a number of projects and events, working with the National Trust, universities, climate change partnerships, the charity TippingPoint, and other freelance creatives.
With TippingPoint, I organised their final four creative summits for artists and researchers and helped to devise commissions for new creative work such as the Weatherfronts anthology of fiction, non-fiction and poetry on climate change.
Before going freelance, I worked on various environmental and climate change topics with Southampton Environment Centre, Climate South East, Exeter University and the UK Climate Impacts Programme.
Some of my recent projects include creating and now editing the website for the Finding Blake project – ‘reimagining William Blake for the 21st century’ – and the website of poet and writer Clare Crossman. And I write a miniblog — just 200 words maximum per weekday, on environmental and climate change topics seen through science, arts, practice, policy, news and experience.
Mark’s ClimateCultures Posts:
In June, I visited the Culture and Climate Change exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society in London. Here, I review Energetic: ...Read More
Writer and editor Sally Moss works with nonviolence education organisation Commonweal, and she contacted me recently to suggest an interview ...Read More
The Gift of Stones is the story of a boy whose entanglement with the shifting world beyond the settled, conservative ...Read More
In a social and economic landscape where the ‘state of the art’ — technologically and politically — for supposedly environment-friendly ...Read More
Wide Sargasso Sea, famously, is Jean Rhys’s prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre; the tale of the first Mrs Rochester ...Read More
Member: Nick Hunt The inaugural issue of @emergence_zine is stunningly good, featuring work by Paul Kingsnorth, David Abram, @katieholten and ...Read More
Annie Dillard set herself quite a challenge when, aged 27, she wrote this classic: an ambitious book, weaving science, history, ...Read More
Whatever signal you create – whether it's an image, a short text, a sound, a story board, a dream sequence, ...Read More
Geoffrey Household's Rogue Male, published in 1939 as Europe descended into war, is a peerless thriller and a brilliant piece ...Read More
“One great thing about being in the adjustment business: you're never short of customers.” The world keeps sending psychiatrist Martin ...Read More
Manchester Climate Monthly - or MCFly - "exists to inform and inspire and connect people in (Greater) Manchester who are taking or who want to ...Read More
In my introductory review (which you can read here), I described Anticipatory history as a “very partial glossary”, both in the ...Read More
This 2011 book grew from the experiences of the Anticipatory History Research Network, a one year project within AHRC's Landscape ...Read More
The Stories We Live By is a free online course in ecolinguistics, created by Arran Stibbe at the University of ...Read More
"We will see how one thing jumps out of another thing, the second thing completely different from the first thing ...Read More
In her BBC Reith Lectures for Radio 4, Hilary Mantel said “my concern as a writer is with memory, personal and ...Read More
In his 1955 classic, The Inheritors, William Golding famously reimagined the lost world of the Neanderthals at the moment when ...Read More
In every direction, washed greens, browns and orange-browns stretch into the distance, flattened beneath skies of grey becoming blue. The ...Read More
"The dragon tipped up his great tusked head, stretched his neck, sighed fire. 'Ah, Grendel!' he said. He seemed at ...Read More
Saturday 25th March – almost on the Spring Equinox – was the perfect day to be in Reading for the ...Read More
"The Anthropocene - the suggested Age of Human that our species has initiated - has a complex past, present and ...Read More
(On interstices... See Interstices of Things Ajar) When metaphors take flight When I reread Mike Hulme's article Why We Disagree ...Read More
Interstice The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines interstice as "a space that intervenes between things, especially between closely spaced things; a gap or break ...Read More
The serpent that eats itself Climate change could almost define 'Wicked Problems'. Unlike ordinary, 'tame' problems, these have multiple causes, ...Read More
A space for artists, researchers and curators ClimateCultures is where we connect to explore cultural responses to environmental and climate ...Read More