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Sharing the Fire -- Hope Tales Event & Chapbook

Sharing the Fire — Hope Tales Event & Chapbook

Practical activist and artist Nicky Saunter revisits the Hope Tales project, with its fourth event and chapbook exploring 'Fire' themes in the Celtic winter Samhain festival, shared learning from other cultures and creatures, live music, poems and stories. ...

Creative Responses to Our Nature & Climate Predicaments

ClimateCultures is an online space for creative minds to share responses to our ecological and climate predicaments. Launched in 2017, we are a growing network of artists, researchers and curators across the UK and around the world working across many practices, disciplines and spaces. Novelists, short story writers, performers, poets, playwrights, painters, composers, illustrators, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, designers, digital artists, multimedia artists, gallery owners, online curators, creative producers, cultural activists, historians, biologists, archaeologists, geographers, environmental technologists, climate researchers — and more.

Scroll down to see a rich taster of our evolving content — all exclusively from our members: our regular blog, a showcase with short examples of creative work, a growing collection of longer essays, and several special series featuring themed content.

The ClimateCultures blog

You can see our current post above. One of our members publishes original content on our blog every few weeks

We now have over 200 posts from more than 80 authors. You can find these under our Blog menu arranged by year or by our categories: * A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects * Art & Eco Activism * Challenges of Creative Engagement * Conversations * Creative Works * Cultural Change * Endangered Worlds * Environmental Change * Environmental Keywords * Gifts of Sound and Vision * In the Elements * Learning in the Anthropocene * Longer * Preview * Review * Signals from the Edge * Spaces * Speculative Worlds * Spiritual Ecology. And you can explore individual members by searching for ‘Authors’ in the ClimateCultures Members Directory. And in our sidebar you can see some of the popular posts and pages that people are reading right now.

Here are three more of our most recent posts. 

The Next Dawn of Everything -- Stories of Human Cultures
23rd April 2024

The Next Dawn of Everything — Stories of Human Cultures

Writer and researcher Jules Pretty explores stories that reveal how human cultures don't converge on one 'advanced' model, as our current views of history assume, finding in The Dawn of Everything rich accounts of diversity, freedom and hope. ...
School Strike For Baby Hope
14th March 2024

School Strike For Baby Hope

Writer David Thorpe introduces his forthcoming climate fiction collection, School Strike For Baby Hope, and explores how our imagined futures must include the costs and dilemmas of better pathways, even where we avoid the worst of climate change. ...
Ecopoetikon: Global Ecopoetries for a Cultural Tipping Point
5th February 2024

Ecopoetikon: Global Ecopoetries for a Cultural Tipping Point

Ecopoet Helen Moore celebrates global ecopoetries through a new project gathering poets from Global South and North. Ecopoetikon offers a powerful indicator of intersecting crises and inspiration for a tipping point in our relationship with the living world ...

And here’s a sample from this month in previous years…

Regional Futures: Giving Voice to Human and More-Than-Human
23rd May 2023

Regional Futures: Giving Voice to Human and More-Than-Human

Artist Kim V. Goldsmith shares her work with Regional Futures in NSW, Australia, exploring people's feelings for rural territories. We need to listen better to each other, ourselves, and more-than-human worlds for more collaborative approaches to the future. ...
Moving With the Word ‘Transitions’
20th May 2022

Moving With the Word ‘Transitions’

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe shares participants’ reflections from a workshop exploring the word ‘Transitions’ - the final Environmental Keywords discussion from the University of Bristol - and the sense that we need better words to capture our imaginations. ...
Solarpunk -- Storytelling for Futures We Want to Create
11th May 2022

Solarpunk — Storytelling for Futures We Want to Create

Writer Mick Haining returns with tales from the Solarpunk storytelling showcase that was launched by XR Wordsmiths with the aim of imagining futures we want and need to create, and which has given both writers and readers hope. ...
On a Writer's Imaginarium
17th May 2021

On a Writer’s Imaginarium

Writer and artistbook maker Sarah Hymas reflects on an on- and offline cross-genre shared space she has created to support creative writing, and why this imaginarium is as much for her as for the other writers who join. ...
Attending to Muse & Nature in Lockdown
3rd May 2021

Attending to Muse & Nature in Lockdown

Artist Hanien Conradie shares the impulse and process behind a Covid19-lockdown collaboration that brings together image and text; and how, in a period of human silence, her muse and the natural world seemed to work in similar ways. ...
Gulp! flyer for The Bone Ensemble theatre project
27th May 2020

Gulp! Water Choices, Stories and Theatre

Theatre-maker and arts academic Adam Ledger shares the thinking behind Gulp!, The Bone Ensemble's project on global water issues, and the challenges of creating an engaging and participatory family drama on environmental issues, inequalities and opportunities during Covid-19. 1,800 ...
In Time: Crisis, Care, Creation
15th May 2020

In Time: Crisis, Care, Creation

Artist Margin Zheng felt moved to perform Lola Perrin's work, Significantus, as part of their climate activism, and adapted the piano suite to new conditions when Covid-19 prevented public events, producing a unique online concert: Crisis, Care, Creation. ...
The living present
14th May 2019

Unpacking Deep Time in Our Living Present

ClimateCultures editor Mark Goldthorpe reviews the Deep Time Walk field kit's latest addition -- an attractive and engaging set of cards that explores our planet's 4.6 billion year timeline and offers us thoughtful paths into the living present. ...

More creative content from our members

Alongside our blog, we also use our Creative Showcase to share short insights into our members’ work. Our latest showcase items are:

coral ecosystems - rainforests of the seas
11th January 2024

Mother’s Lament

Artist Michael Gresalfi's painting of past, present and possible future states of our coral ecosystems - the 'rainforests of the seas' - points to a grim outcome if we cannot rapidly implement international strategies. He finds inspiration in the "elegant tit-for-tat" coral-algae relationship of shelter, food and, photosynthesis: "the algae also paint their coral hosts ...
Drawing on Water
1st December 2023

Drawing on Water

Artist James Aldridge gives a short video tour of his recent Drawing on Water exhibition. This brought together artworks that emerged out of the Queer River arts-based research project he set up in 2020, using an audiovisual installation and his 'Walking Pages' to look at his individual, embodied relationship with a range of local wetlands. ...
Songs for Earth
24th August 2023

Songs for Earth

Through his songs, writer Peter Reason explores many rich themes: grief, rage and despair at our ecological catastrophe; beauty and wonder at the world; deep participation in life on Earth, and taking seriously the panpsychic and animist perspective that the world is alive, sentient and speaks to us, if only we will attend and listen. ...

And we have a small but growing library of extended essays in our Longer feature:

Veronica Sekules: The Art and Heritage of Waste
25th September 2023

Veronica Sekules: The Art and Heritage of Waste

In this original essay for ClimateCultures, art curator and writer Veronica Sekules draws on work at her GroundWork Gallery to counter prevailing cultures of extractivism and look at how mobilising creativity can help us rehabilitate waste as a transformative resource in ways that could ultimately mean 'waste' no longer makes sense as a category at all. ...
Deep Mappings - Iain Biggs
13th June 2022

Iain Biggs: Open Deep Mappings Today – a Personal Introduction

In this original essay for ClimateCultures, artist and researcher Iain Biggs introduces the concept of open deep mapping as partial, creative explorations sharing a conversational orientation to place that has value in times of social and environmental upheaval: "an open-ended process, something both much more inclusive than attempted by cartography and much harder to describe." ...
Jemma Jacobs: The Visuality of the Flint Water Crisis
30th August 2021

Jemma Jacobs: The Visuality of the Flint Water Crisis

In her essay on the Flint Water Crisis, arts researcher Jemma Jacobs explores visual culture and its value in exposing environmental racism. Her case study of the Flint Water Crisis looks at the work of photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, capturing the strength and endurance of a struggling community to draw our focus toward marginalised experiences ...

Special themed series

As well as these regular features, we run special series on particular themes, gathering creative content and thoughts across a topic, such as our Quarantine Connection series during the first Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020, and our exploration during 2022 of three Environmental Keywords — ‘Justice’, ‘Resilience’ and ‘Transitions’ — as part of a project by the University of Bristol’s Centre for Environmental Humanities.

And we’re pleased to host an online Museum of the Anthropocene, bringing a selection of the objects nominated by students on the University of East Anglia’s 3rd-year undergraduate course, Human Geography in the Anthropocene.

Some of the contributions to the Museum of the Anthropocene

Many of our regular blog posts are responses to our creative invitations, such as A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects, Gifts of Sound and Vision, and Signals from the Edge. You’ll find these collected under our Curious Minds menu, alongside the Quarantine Connection and Environmental Keywords series.

Explore, comment and share

ClimateCultures is an approach to building creative conversations between and beyond different appreciations of what the climate and ecological predicaments of our times mean, and what they offer us as ways forward. It’s a beginning.

Do explore our archive, use the comment features to join the conversation, and let others know about us.

How ClimateCultures began, What we’re about & Who we are

You can find more about the initiative’s genesis and context in our About pages: About our platform, About the global predicaments we focus on, About our Members. The ClimateCultures Members Directory gives links to each of our artists, researchers and curators and the work they are doing and the posts and other content they share here on our site.

A New Sun’ – Olafur Eliasson’s ‘The Weather Project’ at Tate Modern, 2003 Photographer: Mark Goldthorpe © 2003 markgoldthorpe.net