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Creative Responses to Climate Change

28 October 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A picture of the Earth from space, surrounded by the Creative Wakefield logo

Creative Responses to Climate Change

An evening of creative sharing and topical conversation themed around creativity and climate change. 

Taking place at WX, Backstage Academy students will transform the former market hall into a magical backdrop of exhibition experience zones for WordFest. This immersive set design will feature the works of two local artists, Butterfly Effect by Tony Wade and Pivotal by Natalie Bellingham.

On Thursday 28th of October, join us as we bring together our Creative Wakefield Network for an evening composed of four elements that celebrate our wondrous planet and explore the role of creativity in combating climate change.

Networking opportunities will be woven into the programme and light refreshments will be provided throughout the evening.

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4 pm: The Polar Bear (Is Dead)

Natalie and Daniele have made a silly show full of hope about losing everything, being alone and going to Mars. It’s about all of those things, but essentially, it’s about the climate crisis.

The Polar Bear (is Dead) is a new international collaboration between theatre-makers Natalie Bellingham (Wakefield, UK) and Daniele Pennati (Milan, Italy), produced by SJ Watkinson (Birmingham, UK). 

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5 pm: Creativity & Climate Change: A Conversation

A discussion with cultural leaders and creative practitioners about creative responses to climate change.

This important conversation will delve into how cultural leaders act as agents for change and explore the ways creative practitioners can successfully resource their work. 

Speakers Include:
Helen Featherstone, Deputy Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Sydney Thornbury, CEO The Art House Wakefield
Simon Wallis, Director The Hepworth Wakefield
Natalie Bellingham, Freelance Theatre Maker
Helen Thomas, Freelance Visual Artist
Pete Massey, Director North; Northern Economy & Partnerships and Yorkshire & the Humber, Arts Council England
Additional industry insider, to be announced

This discussion will be hosted by David Johnson, Director of Strategy and Programmes at Cause4.

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7 pm: Dandelions and Double Yellows – Your Gallery 

A celebration event to launch a digital gallery of participatory images, curated by Wakefield-based artist Helen Thomas. Featuring special guest Jack Wallington, author of Wild about Weeds: Garden Design with Rebel Plants.

Dandelions and Double Yellows is an arts, nature and noticing project by Helen Thomas. Over the summer, Helen invited people to take time to notice and reconsider the plants growing on our pavements, and in our everyday surroundings. 

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4 pm – 8 pm: A Private Viewing of Breathing Room

Throughout the evening there will be an opportunity for a private viewing of Breathing Room by Milton Keynes-based artist Anna Berry.

Breathing Room is an immersive, walk-in kinetic light installation that perfectly combines organic and machine elements, creating a unique sensory experience.

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28 October 2021
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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