Boatbarrowexhibition 16 Nov 2018 – 19 Jan 2019, 09:00 – 17:00
Environment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE
- Free entry £0
An exhibition based on a creative residency to imagine and reinvent ways to meet basic needs when lives are radically affected by climate change.
In July 2018 seven families took part in ‘Retreat’, a creative residency to imagine and design how to live when lives are radically affected by climate change. They came together as climate refugees fleeing their flooded homes to gather in a holding camp, where they had to reinvent ways to meet their basic needs and figure out how provide things they had taken for granted.
Boatbarrow exhibits the result of their collective making: a self-sufficient, amphibious igloo that now serves as a mobile exhibition space and catalyst for creative adaptation.
“Highly memorable and intuitively informative, this is something that sits alongside the finest books on climate change narrative and shines a light on the priority of community engagement as we look strategically to a changing world.”
The work was created by Natalia Eernstman, Sian and Drew Pilley and a group of 22 adults and 16 children. It is linked to an extended, evolving Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) Creative Exchange collaboration between Natalia Eernstman and ESI cultural geographer Caitlin DeSilvey exploring creative responses to climate change and sea-level rise.
The exhibition will run until the 19th January 2019, and is open between 9am and 5pm (except on bank holidays or University of Exeter closure days).
The Creative Exchange Programme facilitates collaboration between creative practitioners, the ESI and researchers on our Cornwall Campuses who share an interest in issues of environment and sustainability. We aim to develop the region’s creative industries, inspire research and stimulate opportunities for public engagement and collaborative learning.
The launch of the exhibition is at the Environment and Sustainability Institute on 15 November, to learn more about an evening of creative enquiry, click here.
Project supported by
Plymouth College of Art