Directors’ Welcome

At a time when facts can have ‘alternative facts’, news can be ‘fake’, and coal can be ‘clean’, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 upholds a long tradition of art speaking truthfully and thoughtfully to power.

Art has been at the forefront of many social movements, and now more than ever, we need to harness the creative power of the arts to engage, inspire, and motivate people to act on climate change.

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 presents over thirty curated exhibitions at leading museums and galleries in Melbourne and regional Victoria including EXIT, the highly acclaimed 360° video installation commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. EXIT investigates human migrations and their leading causes, including the impacts of climate change. Its complete 2015 update coincided with the pivotal Paris-based United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).

Together with keynote presentations and public forums by leading international and Australian artists, scientists and activists, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 will help us to acknowledge the challenges we are facing, and embrace the solutions that are already here.

Let’s join with the artists, curators and our committed partners and start creatively moving towards an ecologically sustainable and socially just future.

Guy Abrahams
CLIMARTE CEO & Co-founder

Bronwyn Johnson
CLIMARTE Executive Director

Victorian Government

The fusion of art and advocacy is nothing new. Across many generations we have seen the powerful role that creativity can play in driving social and political change on a local and global level.

Now in its second edition, CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival takes place across Melbourne and regional Victoria with a program of 30 exhibitions and events that will challenge and inspire action on climate change.

Victoria is the creative state and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to support this festival and the many collaborators involved this year who are using creativity to advocate for a better world.

Like CLIMARTE, our Government is committed to change and we have legislated for net zero emissions by 2050. CLIMARTE supports this goal, along with a range of programs such as TAKE2, Victoria’s collective climate change pledge program which supports individuals, businesses, government organisations, communities and schools to take action.

We hope this festival helps inspire all Victorians to do the same.

Martin Foley
Minister for Creative Industries

Lily D’Ambrosio
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Melbourne’s leadership in urban sustainability and our reputation as the arts capital of Australia combine in CLIMARTE: a thought-provoking festival encouraging climate change action through artistic collaboration.

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 offers a program of free exhibitions and
activities developed by a broad network of artists and organisations across
diverse disciplines.

Scientists, universities and policy experts will work with local and international artists and curators to present the challenges of climate change in our museums and galleries as well as public events.

Experience the ability of contemporary art to start conversations, present new
perspectives and spur action on one of the defining issues of our time.

Robert Doyle
Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Bank Australia

Bank Australia is proud to be the principal partner of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017.

To inspire change, we often need more than facts and statistics. That’s why this festival is so important – artists interpreting how our choices affect our planet can connect on a more personal level, and perhaps push us to do things differently.

Bank Australia creates change by running our own Conservation Reserve and not to lending to the fossil fuel industry. We’re always thinking about how we can do more, and I look forward to being inspired at the festival.

Damien Walsh
Bank Australia

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is delighted to again join with the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE Festival in 2017 as Principal Knowledge Partner.

Through the ambitious exhibition EXIT, presented at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and other exhibitions and platforms that will take place across the University’s Parkville and Southbank campuses, we look forward to sharing our multidisciplinary expertise and perspectives on one of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society globally.

We welcome the wide audiences that the Festival will attract to the University’s various spaces and look forward to continuing the conversation and to championing change, together.

Adrian Collette AM
Vice-Principal (Engagement)
The University of Melbourne