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Climate Change and the Visual Arts
10:30 on 27 August 2009
Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
A curatorial development and networking event for professionals working across visual arts practice and disciplines, Climate Change and the Visual Arts offered a range of perspectives on the environmental impact of presenting contemporary visual art – including the rise of festivals, biennials and cultural travel, institutional approaches, engaging the public and artists’ practice – and discussed whether concerns over climate change affect the sector’s working practices. Speakers included:
John Hartley, Ecology Officer, Arts Council England (Convenor)
Alison Tickell, Director, Julie’s Bicycle
Judith Nesbitt, Chief Curator, Tate Britain
Laura Sillars, FACT, Liverpool
James Wallbank, Access Space, Sheffield
Justin Carter, artist
The seminar was followed by a free Art Late event at the National Library of Scotland – a web broadcast with Stephanie Smith, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Curator of Contemporary Art, at The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago.
Organised, as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, by VAGA, Visual Arts and Galleries Association and engage Scotland, National Association for Gallery Education, with support from the Scottish Arts Council.