A two afternoon webinar taking place between 2pm and 5:30pm on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th November. The University of Birmingham’s Word Music Image research community, New Leaf’s Sustainable Future Centre and Salt Road are hosting this webinar with short presentations, discusions and Q&A with Culture Declares Emergency on the subject of culture and the climate/ecology crisis from practice and research perspectives.

Moving image work by New Leaf commissioned artist Jaime jackson layering films of the river Lugg over the costume of dancer Awantika Dupey

Event 0. Reimagining the City 3. A Culture Declares Emergency Offer event focusing on two cities, Birmingham and London, and the land that lies behind.

Wednesday 4th November 11:00am – 12:30 (this is a partner event hosted on zoom

Event 1. Presencing in disparate times, cultural projects and reflections by Sally Payen, Annie Mahtani, Kate Ince, Andrew Watts (chair)

Wednesday 4th November 2-3pm

Event 2. Presenting the challenges from the natural sciences, Climate science and ecopoetry. Sergio Faria, Marc Neumann, Isabel Galleymore, Jaime Jackson (chair)

Wednesday 4th November 3:15- 4:15pm  

Event 3. Co-production and relational biophilic art practice examples of programs linking art and human geography. Jaime Jackson, Susanne Börner, Neelambari Phalkey

Wednesday 4th November 4:30- 5:30p

Event 4. Actively stopping harm. Programs, actions and policy building to bring culture-based sustainability into people’s lives. James Brady, JD Brown, Nick Grayson (chair), Julie Ward.

Thursday 5th November 2- 3pm

Event 5. The purposes of culture in an earth crisis. Culture Declares Emergency. Bridget McKenzie, Adam Ledger, Heather Ackroyd, Tyrone Huggins, James Brady (chair)

Thursday 5th November 3:15- 4:15pm

Event 6. Linking the sciences and engineering with culture.Marcela Brugnach, Catherine Walker (prerecorded interview), Andy Fryers, Jaime Jackson (chair)

Thursday 5th November  4:30 – 5:30pm

Event 7. End Round table. Follow on activities.Andrew Watts (chair)

Thursday 5th November 5:35 – 6pm 

Event participants: 

Event 0. Reimagining the City 3. 

A Culture Declares Emergency Offer event 

Wednesday 4th November 11:00am – 12:30  (this is a partner event not hosted on Crowdcast but hosted on zoom)

Reimagining the City 3 focuses on two cities, Birmingham and London, and the land that lies behind.  This session invites a radical stretch of imagination where the city’s green reservoirs of nature extend beyond the city’s administrative boundary into the hinterland of wilder, inspiring landscapes. The Prize to Transform the Future is an open call to imagine what the London City Region may look like 20 years or even 200 years into the future, as a wilder, greener and healthier place. The Prize taps into a pulse of possibility – if we can see it, we are collectively more likely to make it happen.  

Heather Ackroyd
Rob Fairbanks, Surrey Hills AONB
Nick Grayson, Green City Manager, Birmingham
Jaime Jackson, Artist

Event 1. Presencing in disparate times

Wednesday 4th November 2-3pm  

Dr. Sally Payen, painter &  researcher

Building on her modernist painting roots Payen began to explore the push and pull of democracy and its relationship to place and time from 2005. Her work has been discussed in terms of history painting and its relationship to conflict and more recently embodied action, erasure and exploration of a feminist mark making.  Payen recently had a one person show at the MAC Birmingham the Fence and the Shadow.

Dr Annie Mahtani, Head of Department of Music UoB

Presenting her latest project on community and the environment, Annie is a composer of electroacoustic music, specialising in acousmatic composition and multichannel audio

Kate Ince, Professor of French and Visual Studies

Kate’s will be presenting Eco Feminism work ‘Partnering the Planet’ Her work encompasses French cinema and women’s cinema, film and feminist theory and philosophy, and film and the visual arts, sexuality and gender.

Andrew Watts (chair) Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Andrew runs the University of Birmingham’s Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music research community ‘Word Music Image’

Event 2. Presenting the Challenges from the Natural Sciences

Wednesday 4th November 3:15- 4:15pm  

Segio Henrique Faria,  Ikerbasque Professor 

Presenting challenges from the point of view of the natural sciences Environmentalphysics, glaciology, human and physical geography. 

Marc Neumann, Ikerbasque Professor BC3

Environmental modelling, uncertainty, complexity, mitigation and adaptation, engineering.

Isabel Gallymore UoB 

Lecturer in creative writing UoB, Isabel is a poet and critic publishing on contemporary poetry, environmental writing and ecocriticism, with a focus on interdisciplinarity. (Prerecorded)

Andrew Watts,UoB Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Andrew runs the University of Birmingham’s Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music research community ‘Word Music Image’

Event 3. Coproduction, community relational practice

Wednesday 4th November 4:30- 5:30pm

Jaime Jackson, Ecology artist working in moving image digital and relational engaged visual art 

Jaime will be talking about and launching Biophilic Art portrait mapping program 

Dr Susanne Börner is UoB senior researcher in the field of resource (in)security, youth agency, vulnerability and environmental justice.

Susanne will be presenting her propject on youth(everyday) engagement with climate change adaptation and disaster riskreduction: insights from the periphery of Sao Paulo,Brazil

Dr Neelambari Phalkeyis an interdisciplinary UoB researcher in climate vulnerability and resilience to natural hazards in the global south.

Engaging with climate, hazards and migration 

Event 4. Actively stopping harm

Thursday 5th November 2- 3pm

Julie Ward  served as a Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region from 2014 to 2020.

Julie’s background is in theatre and helped develop and impliment key EU cultural policy frameworks 

James Brady, interdisciplinary artist-curator, publisher and climate activist

 James will prestent Zone to Defend or ZAD (French: zone à défendre) an occupation old land that is intended to physically blockade an ecologically damaging development project. 

JD Brown, Biophilic Cities Network Program Director, 

JD Brown facilitates the expanding and deepening connections between the partner cities of the Biophilic Cities Network and the many individuals and organizations advancing the theory and practice of planning and designing biophilic cities.

Nick Grayson, Birmingham City Council Green officer (Chair)

In his City role Nick has had extensive European experience with the EU-Project URGE- devising a draft European policy for urban green space; EU-Cities-Adapt, involving 21 cities across Europe on multi- governance adaptation assessment. Nick authored of the City’s integrated Gi and adaptation policy- Birmingham Green Living Spaces Plan; that introduced natural capital to the City in 2013. In 2014 Birmingham was invited to join the global Biophilic Cities Network, a sharing platform for 11 aspirational green cities; becoming the UK’s first Biophilic City.

Event 5. The purposes of culture in an earth crisis

Thursday 5th November 3:15- 4:15pm

Bridget McKenzie, Climate Museum UK 

Bridget is a creative curator and consultant dedicated to Regenerative Culture as the force of hope in face of the Earth Crisis. She braids together her multi-passionate creativity and analytical intelligence to help communities and cultural organisations grasp the reality of this crisis, find their flow and grow their capacities to change the world. 

Dr Adam Ledger, UoB Reader in Theatre and Performance

Adam will present his project Making Connections; stories and theatre about climate and the environment. He  co-artistic director of The Bone Ensemble, where major projects include international tours of performance about environmental issues.

Heather Ackroyd, Artist

Heather Ackroyd works with Dan Harvey, both internationally acclaimed for creating multi-disciplinary works that intersect art, activism, architecture, biology, ecology and history. Referencing memory and time, nature and culture, urban political ecologies, climate emergency and degradation of the living planet,

Tyrone Huggins Actor/Performer 

Co-founder of the experimental/visual theatre company Impact Theatre Co-operative, Tyrone has over 40 years experience as actor and performer.

Event 6. Linking sciences and engineering with culture

 4:30 -5:30pm

Marcela Brugnach, Ikerbasque Professor BC3

Collective decision-making under uncertainty and knowledge coproduction. 

Dr Catherine Walker, Geography and Environmental Sciences
Teaching Fellow in Human Geography(prerecorded interview)

Dr Catherine Walker is a children’s geographer with interests in environment, childhood and youth environmental activism, family life, negotiations of environmental knowledge, environmental education, and cross-national understandings of environmental sustainability.

Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director at Hay Festival

Within the Festival, Andy is responsible for the Greenprint programme, which influences and informs the Festival’s audiences by hosting leading authors and commentators in sustainabilty and culture discussions, debates, events and seminars. Andy will be focussing on festivals as research centres, places for experimentation and open discussion .

Event 7. End Round table. Follow on activities

Thursday 5th November 5:35 – 6pm 

Professor Jones is Deputy Head of Research and Impact Officer for the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music.

Discussion about making an Arts Council England application and how that may link to an Arts and Humanities Research Council bid. 

Chaired by Andrew Watts