Climate Action Community Projects Exhibition Launch

Art for Climate Action Community Projects: Part 2

Explore the role that art has to play in encour­ag­ing peo­ple to con­nect with envi­ron­men­tal issues and bring about mean­ing­ful change.

15/03/24 – 29/04/24
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00
Mon–Thu, Closed
Fri–Sat, 10:00 – 17:00
Art for Climate Action is a programme that explores the role that art has to play in encouraging people to connect with environmental issues and bring about meaningful change in perceptions and behaviours, leading to climate action and climate solutions.

Art for Climate Action: Community Projects is an exhibition of two newly commissioned projects led by artists Lizzie Jones and Harry Meadows, this one being a continuation of their work from 2023. Acknowledging the need for collective and collaborative approaches to climate action, the artists had been invited to connect with communities in Southampton and co-produce new activities or artworks.

Lizzie Jones is part of a group called Puppet Back Up. Over the last year, Puppet Back Up have connected with youthful people over specific issues. Together, they have been actively, playfully and artfully involved with these issues, grappling with challenging topics about climate breakdown and climate action. They have backed up locals over river ecology and pollution issues and faced off major polluters with intrepid puppet pets in pursuit of global environmental justice. For this exhibition, Puppet Back Up present two new films and documentary photography by young collaborators, alongside new puppets and prints, from and for action.

Harry Meadows has spent the last 12 months working with community gardeners in green spaces across Southampton. The outcome, Personal Ecologies: The Community Gardener, explores the imagination of an ecosystem. In response to the conditions of global warming, there is a call to all for ‘Climate Action’. The video game and sculpture in this exhibition respond to this call through partnership between art and the ecological practice of a community gardener. Through an interactive game environment, you are invited to explore entanglements of people, plants, animals and machines. As these characters spill from the screen into the gallery’s ecosystem, novel narrative imaginaries render us as actors in a new ecology.

The outcomes of these projects are now on display at God’s House Tower until April 28th 2024.
Climate Action Community Projects Exhibition Launch