CAT attended the third Emergence event last week, a series of seminars hosted by Sustain Wales to stimulate climate change communication within the arts. The day long seminar entitled Resilience, held at Caernarfon Gallery on 21st March, explored the role that creativity and the arts could play in delivering a sustainable, resilient Wales.
‘Resilience is the capacity to absorb, react to and derive benefit from change. It is a quality found in natural ecosystems and human communities. Human resilience draws on our ability to anticipate and plan for the future.’ Sustain Wales
Guest speakers included; Jean Boulton - Visiting Fellow Complex Systems Cranfield School of Management; Menna Elfyn - Award-winning poet and playwright; Ben Todd - Arcola Theatre, London; Bedwyr Williams - winner of a major Creative Wales award 2011; and Eluned Haf – Director of Wales Arts International. Videos of the presentations can be viewed free from the Culture Colony site, once signed in as a ‘visitor’.
Participants of the seminar ranged from practicing artists and national arts organisations, to climate science and psychology experts, who debated how to influence behavioural change, challenge pre-existing narratives and stimulate visual experiences of potential solutions.
Emergence is developed and presented in partnership with Volcano with the support of The Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Galeri. The final seminar in the Emergence series will take place here at The Centre for Alternative Technology this autumn. Visit the Sustain Wales website for more details.