Climate Stories is an innovative venture led by the University of Exeter, linking arts and science.
Project lead Professor Peter Stott, believes: ‘We all have a story to tell about climate change’ and, with this in mind, he has brought climate scientists and arts practitioners together. Their aim is to investigate together one another’s disciplines with a view to using arts/science collaborations as a way to communicate and raise awareness of the effects of climate change locally, nationally and internationally.
The year long project, funded by NERC and supported by Engaging Environments has two stages. First, the scientists and artists spent three intensive days at Dartington Hall experimenting with using scientific facts and conversations as launch pads into creative writing, printmaking, theatre practice and song writing. The results amazed participants, with such things occurring as writing poems about the diminishing sounds of coral reefs, to creating ‘The David Attenborough Song’, to examining (and climbing) trees in the process of theatre practice, to printing a huge banner where images and colours threaded together a narrative about climate change.
This underpinned the second stage of the project
where scientists and artists are now jointly facilitating public workshops. For
example, writer Dr Sally Flint based in the Department of English at the University of Exeter has already
worked with scientists in delivering creative writing sessions with Colebrooke
Community Group and organised a public workshop with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter,(RAMM), using artefacts in
the museum to connect with the story of climate change.
More creative writing workshops are planned with Kaleider and Farms for City Children. Other activities include community theatre workshops, printmaking sessions, and a residential song writing weekend - all with climate science as a theme.
Work produced will be edited and published in a book as part of a legacy of Climate Stories.
Details about the project team, the aims of the project and their blog are on the Climate Stories website.