On Monday 9th of September the Artists Climate Lab 2019 will start, a week-long creative residency laboratory rooted in climate art and sustainable practice. The project is supported by the Arts Council England and led by London Theatre Consortium’s Creative Climate Leaders.
Held at Hawkwood College, Stroud – an ethical centre housed in a historic building run on ecological principles – theatre makers selected by Artistic Directors of the 14 member theatres of London Theatre Consortium, will explore the issues around Climate change and how this influence arts practice.
As Lucy Davies explained in her 2017 article, Climate Lab is not a conference:
The spirit of this gathering — which we hope is a pilot and will be repeated in 2019 — is to feed the brains of artists with other artists’ practice. Not a conference. Not a scientific training session. A way of engaging and connecting artists across disciplines to be tooled up, fired and inspired in their climate art, activism and production processes. We want to empower independent artists to have confidence in their values when engaging with institutions, and to have an impact on those institutions and audiences. We also wanted to pay them, get them into the woods, feed them and listen.
The September 2019 cohort consists of:
Chinonyerem Odimba – Donmar Warehouse
Dawn King – Donmar Warehouse
April de Angelis – Theatre Royal Stratford East
Skot Wilson – Bush Theatre
Taio Lawson – Kiln Theatre
Diane Page – Lyric Hammersmith
Milli Bhatia – the Royal Court Theatre
Ella Road – Hampstead Theatre
Rachel Bagshaw – Unicorn Theatre
Jasmine Lee Jones – Gate Theatre
Megan Cronin – Young Vic Theatre
Jaz Woodcock-Stewart –Yard Theatre
The week will be facilitated by Jo Tyabji and Dan de la Motte. Guest speakers include: Lucy Latham (Julie’s Bicycle), Dan Glass, Selina Nwulu, Zoe Svendsen, David Drew MP, Paul Mason, Jojo Mehta, Zena Edwards and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE.
We are also delighted to welcome back two alumni from the ACL 1: Tassos Steves and Ellie Sikorski.
With thanks to the organisation and planning team : Lucy Davies and Anthony Simpson-Pike