Waters of the Future

By Susan Hoffman Fishman  For Brooklyn-based printmaker Florence Neal, water has always been a dominant presence in her life. She grew up in Columbus, Georgia, near the Chattahoochee River, which straddles the southern half of the Alabama and Georgia borders. There she developed an appreciation for the Native American stories about the river as well as

Conscient Podcast: e90 shannon litzenberger – state of emergence : why we need artists right now

This episode combines a conversation with dance artist, choreographer, director and embodiment facilitator Shannon Litzenberger on December 8, 2021 in Toronto with Shannon reading her State of Emergence: Why We Need Artists Right Now essay at the Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2021 | Art in the Time of Healing: The Importance of IBPOC Arts in Planetary Renewal organized

Opportunity: HI climate change community grant

Highlands & Islands groups can apply for £4.5K by 31st January to explore climate change with researchers. How could you explore climate change in your community in the Highlands and Islands through connecting with a researcher? Introducing a new small grant of up to £4500 for Highlands and Islands groups to build partnerships with researchers and make

Opportunity: Creative change maker – climate action

Aberdeen Performing Arts is seeking a Creative Change Maker. We are seeking a creative individual, a natural influencer, possibly a grass roots activist or artist, someone who is a champion for enabling the positive change needed to address the critical situation we find ourselves in as a result of the climate emergency. The Creative Change Maker

Wild Author: Michael Mohammed Ahmad

By Mary Woodbury I had a wonderful talk with Michael Mohammed Ahmad, editor of the anthology After Australia, founding director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement, author, and so much more. Our conversation opened up doors for me to explore the promotion of literacy around the world. Sweatshop is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney. The movement

Member Spotlight: Luciana Abait

This week we recognize the work of artist Luciana Abait. Abait’s work Iceberg – Red Sky, pictured above, will be featured as a billboard installation on Bedford Avenue, just south of Church Avenue, near Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York starting today through the end of 2021; the board is the eleventh in the I AM WATER ongoing billboard

Betsy Damon: Passages: Rites and Rituals – Brooklyn Rail review

ArtSeen By Alex A. Jones What function does art serve in society? There are always multiple answers to this question, all of which can be true at once. At different moments in space and time, however, certain functions of art have perhaps been extra salient. Art always reflects the creative (which is to say, the spiritual)

Guest blog: European Day of Sustainable Communities 2021

In this guest blog, Scottish Communities Climate Action Network reports on the European Day of Sustainable Communities. On 18th September, organisations around Europe celebrated Ecolise’s Annual European Day of Sustainable Communities (EDSC). In the anticipation of COP26, Scottish organisations were eager to celebrate the vital work achieved by communities all over the country.  Ecolise is

Member Spotlight: Erika Blumenfeld

This week we recognize the work of artist Erika Blumenfeld. “In April of 2011, after seven months without rainfall, the Rock House Fire ignited in Marfa and raged across the beautiful landscape of far West Texas, devastating the region’s environment. I was living in Marfa at that time and, in those weeks while the wildfire reigned,

Conscient Podcast: e89 excerpts from ben okri’s ‘artists must confront the climate crisis’

episode 89 features quotes from Artists must confront the climate crisis – we must write as if these are the last days by Nigerian novelist and poet Ben Okri from the November 12, 2021 edition of The Guardian newspaper. Okri writes about existential creativity and call for a new philosophy for these times, with an excerpt from episode 87 kendra

Guest blog: COP 26 – overwhelming, alienating, inspiring and moving

In this guest blog, Anna  Hodgart of the Tayside Climate Beacon, part of Climate Beacons for COP26,  our Scotland-wide collaborative project connecting arts and sustainability, describes her experiences at what was for many of us in Scotland the biggest event of 2021: COP 26.  With big thanks to the determined perseverance of Lewis Coenen-Rowe at

Green Tease Reflections: Climate/Class/Culture

14th October 2021: This Green Tease event provided an opportunity to explore the intersection of climate, class and culture, thinking about how climate change is exacerbating existing inequalities, the need for climate policies to be socially just, and the importance of cultural organisations addressing their own barriers to participation in order to effectively help address

Opportunity: Greening Arts Practice CPD Manager

Freelance contract (part time), initially to March 2023 with potential for extension. This work is being offered as a single package based on 1.5 days per week We wish to appoint an experienced arts professional with demonstrable experience to co-ordinate, facilitate and help develop our Greening Arts Practice (GAP) programme and other professional development initiatives. This is

Conscient Podcast: e88 robin mathews – on radical listening & political poetry

My #conscientpodcast conversation with my father-in-law, the poet and educator Robin Mathews, which combines a 2021 recording about radical listening with a 2004 recording about political poetry and the role of the artist in society, including Robin reading 3 of his poems: at the Café Lenin, The Lady From Iraq and Unmarked Graves. This is a special edition of the conscient

Ceramic Seascapes: Interview with Harriet Hellman for TL Magazine

Interview by Blaire Dessent TL Magazine, Landscape’ Autumn–Winter 2021 TLmag: While your work deals with ecological concerns of the planet, there is a  particular connection with the sea and coastline. Where does your interest in this come from? Harriet Hellman: I have always been drawn to the sea and coast, finding it a rich source of inspiration. My connection to the

Wild Authors: Peter Brennan

By Mary Woodbury Today we talk with Dr. Peter Brennan, whose first novel, Iceapelago, was inspired by his keen interest in climate change. He chaired the Climate Change Research Group at the Institute for European and International Affairs for almost a decade. He was an advisor to the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Committee on Climate Change and

Conscient Podcast: e87 kendra fanconi – on the artist brigade, ben okri, eco-restoration, eco-grief & reauthoring the world

My 2nd #conscientpodcast conversation with theatre artist and art + climate activist Kendra Fanconi in Robert’s Creek, BC about the ‘Artist Brigade’, Ben Okri, eco-restoration, eco-grief & reauthoring the world, with excerpts from e43 haley, e30 maggs & é37 lebeau. Robert’s Creek is on the ancient and unceded territory of the shishalh Nation. The shishalh people call Robert’s Creek xwesam.

Amy Talluto: Moments of Light in the Forest

By Etty Yaniv  Amy Talluto’s paintings and collages depict landscapes, ranging from representational wood-scapes to more abstracted forms reassembling a hybrid of landscape and still life. Darren Jones wrote in Artforum that Amy Talluto’s series of oil paintings from 2017 produce “symphonic arrangements of green, ranging from deepest phthalo to honeyed laurel. Dashes of pink,

Conscient Podcast: e86 arts policy, equity and activism class at centennial college

My #conscientpodcast conversation with Robin Sokoloski, Janis Monture and their students as part of a class in Art Policy, Equity and Activism at Centennial College in Toronto exploring the role of the arts in activism, including quotes from e40 frasz, e82 washable paint, e05 carruthers, e73 judith marcuse – finding the energy to keep moving and e85 tracey friesen – narratives of resilience for a

The Truths that Entangle Us: Interview with Tosca Hidalgo y Terán

Interview with Tosca Hidalgo y Terán by Olivia Ann Carye Hallstein Tosca Hidalgo y Terán is an internationally exhibited and recognized creator of interactive environments and objects that provide shared experiences surrounding topics of entanglement and interconnectedness. Using her unique perspective on the world and the magic that lives within it, she has employed engineering and technologies