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Art for the Environment: A New Future - Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Opening Hours: 
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Join us for an evening of dialogue and debate as artists, academics and philosophers come together to discuss how art and design can creatively contribute towards a cleaner and more sustainable society. Chaired by David Buckland, speakers will include Bergit Arends, Loïc Fel and Lucy Orta, who together will address the possibility of making a new future a reality.



David Buckland

Artist, Founder and Director of Cape Farewell.

We need a cultural shift in our ambition, behaviour and values to build a sustainable future. Cape Farewell engages and inspires our greatest creative and visionary minds to work with scientists, clean-tech entrepreneurs, sociologists and designers to vision and help create the non-carbon society we must all aspire to.

Bergit Arends

Visual Art Curator and Researcher, doctoral Reid Scholar in the departments of Geography and Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Associate Curator at The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW).

As a curator, Arends creates environments, both within and outside of institutions, in which the science and art can interact to build cultural knowledge. Recent years have seen a surge in artists’ projects engaging with environmental questions, experimenting with new forms for exhibition, display and public engagement. Frequently these projects are instigated by and enabled through a contemporary art curator such as Arends.

Loïc Fel

Doctor in Philosophy, La Sorbonne, CEO and Co-founder of influence for good, an influence consulting agency, and Co-founder of COAL (Coalition for art and sustainable development).

COAL mobilises artists and cultural actors, supporting the creation of artworks, and creating awareness on social and environmental issues. This involves the implementation of concrete solutions through exhibitions, events, the Coal Art & Environment Prize, intelligent resources and networking.

Lucy Orta

Artist, Co-founder of Studio Orta Les Moulins, Professor and Chair of Art and the Environment at the University of the Arts London, and member of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

Lucy Orta’s practice as an artist focuses on social and ecological issues, employing a diversity of media including, drawing, sculpture, installation, couture, photography, video and performance. She often works with communities to create large-scale public projects and exhibits objects resulting from her research in major museums internationally. Her ongoing Antarctica World Passport public engagement project asks us to take action against global warming, to become a global citizen to mitigate the potential catastrophic human consequences. Read more about this project here

The Panel Discussion will start at 7pm, but doors to the gallery will open at 6pm for an evening preview of the exhibition.

Book Tickets

Read more about the exhibition here.