Newsletter: Reimagining the City
The Offer: Reimagining the City
6 May 2020, 11am–12.30pm
Facilitated by Heather Ackroyd, Ackroyd & Harvey
With our city streets empty of the usual hustle and bustle of people, it is an interesting moment to think about how we might reimagine our urban spaces. How can they be transformed as places that embrace nature and that are better able to support a more environmentally conscious way of living, and what are the projects that are showing us the way?
In this session we will hear from projects and artists that are working both city wide and hyper local, and open up a discussion on what kind of cities we want to inhabit.
National Park City Foundation
Margot Heller, Director, South London Gallery
Jane Riddiford, Co-Director, Global Generation
Anne-Marie Culhane, Artist/ Performer /Activist
The Evening Offer: Art Visioning – manifesting through our creativity with Tamaryn Payne
6 May 2020, 7.30–9pm
A free flow art session and conversation exploring our present and our dreams for our future.
As we remain at home, mostly indoors, what we do at the moment will be different but it doesn’t mean we can’t still work towards our climate activism goals.
Ever wondered what the world would be like if we do radically change how we live and the systems that govern us? In this time we might vision what we’d like to see in the future – and start making it a reality. We can use our creativity to imagine what is possible and enjoy making something arty – with no pressure to make a masterpiece!
Tamaryn Payne has been a climate activist since XR began, and helped launch Culture Declares. She has since formed Earth Ensemble, XR’s theatre company.
About The Offer
The Offer (conversations and discussion) and The Evening Offer (creative wellbeing activities) take place every Wednesday – simply save the links above and click to join each week. The Offer is hosted on Zoom -find a simple user guide here. For upcoming programme details, announcements and community click here. If you would like to curate or contribute to a The Offer or The Evening Offer please send your ideas and proposals to email@example.com
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News and Other Updates
Thank You everyone who joined us in watching the live stream of Letters to the Earth: Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis on Earth Day, made with the support of the Donmar Warehouse.
5 Videos. 60 letters. 5 Continents. With special guest readings from Alison Steadman, Noma Dumezweni, Hardeep Koli and many more.
You can now watch all 5 videos on the Letters to the Earth website here.
If you enjoyed the Earth Day video stream of letters please consider making a donation that will go some way towards the production costs and enable Letters to the Earth to continue its campaign:
The team are also proud to announce that Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis has won the Bronze Award for Best Non Fiction Audiobook at the New York Festival Radio Awards.
You can purchase a copy of the book, audiobook and e-book from Amazon or Waterstones.
At midday today – Friday 1 May 2020 – the short film Extinction will be released online on this channel to mark the anniversary of the UK becoming the first country in the world to declare a climate emergency. The film tells the story of a small group of determined activists, who – in the midst of a rebellion – are invited to meet with the Environment Minister, Lord Grant.
A year on much has been achieved and the climate movement continues to grow its influence. The arts and arts practitioners increasingly recognise the important role they play in providing space to consider and encourage the deep, urgent, societal and cultural transformations that are required for us to mitigate and adapt to the Climate Emergency.
For more on this join the XR conversation on 2nd May 18.00-19.00 for a panel discussion following the screening of Extinction on “The Role of The Arts in A Crisis” – Panelists include Sam Knight, Jack Cooper Stimpson, Rakhee Thakrar, Kay Michael, Sam Lee – more info here.
Keep safe and happy Beltane from the CDE Anchor Circle