Post-COP26: Where can a new Climate Justice Gallery take us?

An online event presented by the Manchester Art Gallery (MAG) Climate Justice Group

About this event

Join group members for sharing and discussion of the latest plans for a gallery dedicated to Climate Justice using Manchester’s publicly owned collection.

The effects of climate change on the Global South are rarely highlighted. Those in the world who have contributed the least to this crisis are suffering the most. As seen at COP26, it’s still considered acceptable for the Global South to bear the brunt of the loss and damage.

Artist Ana Lucía Cuevas will present a case study from her country of origin, Guatemala, considered one of the 10 nations which is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Artist and Climate Youth Board member Rabia Begum will use the photograph A Beach In My Living Room by Nyani Quarmyne (1973) to reflect on the term climate refugees and the impacts of climate change on the Global South.

Artist Jane Lawson will talk about some of the social and political processes that have been taking place since the first object in the gallery was made, tracking the development of the fossil fuel economy and its impact on living beings, the atmosphere and the climate.

Craft and Design Curator Janet Boston reflects on how the dodo, depicted on tiles by Victorian ceramicist William de Morgan, became a symbol of the need to respect and care for the natural world.

The MAG Climate Justice Group includes gallery staff, artists and activists based in Manchester. We are using the gallery to explore how art and collections can help people learn from history, shape the future, scrutinise decision-making and encourage caring, collective action

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