Climate in Crisis – can Art inspire Action?

About this Event

Join us for a lively panel discussion around climate change, pollution and air quality.

The discussion will be in response to Pollution Pods, an installation on Brownsea Island by artist Michael Pinsky.

Panel speakers include:

  • Michael Pinsky, Artist and Pollution Pods creator
  • Molly Scott-Cato, Green Party MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar.
  • Chaired by Alice Stevens, founder of Arts University Bournemouth Human
  • Ruth Andrade - Regenerative Impact & Charitable Giving at Lush

The Panel: 

Chair, Alice Stevens is founder of Arts University Bournemouth Human – a space where creative practitioners who share a desire to bring about positive change for global good can connect.

Michael Pinsky is a British artist whose international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. He has undertaken many residencies that explore issues which shape and influence the use of our public realm. Taking the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher, and resident, he starts residencies and commissions without a specified agenda, working with local people and resources, allowing the physical, social and political environment to define his working methodology.

His work has been shown at: TATE Britain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu; Saatchi Gallery; Victoria and Albert Museum; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; La Villette, Paris; BALTIC, Gateshead; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Modern Art Oxford, Milton Keynes Gallery, Cornerhouse, Manchester; Liverpool Biennial, Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours; Armory Center of the Arts, Los Angeles and the Rotterdam International Architectural Biennial. His most recent solo exhibition was at Somerset House, London.

Molly Scott-Cato is an economist and writer who has campaigned for green politics all her adult life. She grew up in Bath and has spent most of her life in the West Country. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth. Before being elected to the European Parliament, Molly joined the Green Party in 1988 and led the Green Group on Stroud District Council and was Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee. She worked as Professor of Economics at Roehampton University in London.

Aside from her work as an economist Molly’s areas of special interest include land ownership and food production; renewable energy, especially when it is owned by local communities; co-operatives and self-managed firms; and issues concerned with peace and opposing nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

Ruth Andrade - Regenerative Impact & Charitable Giving at Lush formally, Head of Environment at Lush, working presently with three aims: lead brand strategy on regenerative impact, support organisational development based on living systems and help evolve our charitable giving strategies. Ruth is passionate about how to transform business into a force of regeneration and to leverage the power of a global brand to do good.

Ruth has a masters in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. She is a co-founder and trustee of the Re-alliance, a coalition to bring regenerative solutions to disaster, displacement and development. She has also co-founded Sociocracy Brazil and Regenera, two networks of consultants and practitioners of next-stage organisational governance 

8. Artist Michael Pinksy stands in front of his Pollution Pods at Somerset House for Earth Day 2018 (c) Peter Macdiarmid for Somerset House.JPG  

Discover the themes that Michael Pinsky considered in the creation of Pollution Pods.

Hear discussion around the ideas debated at the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York. (Greta Thunberg toured Pollution Pods during the UN Summit.)

Share your own thoughts on pollution and climate change.

A fantastic opportunity to discuss global issues at a local level.

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