12 years LAB – a call to action in response to climate change

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12 years LAB – a call to action in response to climate change


Metal believe that artists can affect change in society.  In light of the United Nations’ assertion that we have only 12 years to act against climate change  in order to avoid global disaster, we will investigate how artists can positively affect society in response to this universal challenge.


This four-day intensive LAB, hosted and facilitated by Metal in Liverpool, will create a forum for discussion and experimentation; a supportive and open space to think, get angry, make mess and mistakes, and explore strategies for new artworks and interventions in society.  Specifically, the LAB will provide:


  • Input from invited guest speakers
    Support and input from the Metal, and connection to wider networks
  • Time and space to develop new work relating to climate change
  • Working and social time with peers for discussion and exchange of ideas and practice
  • The opportunity to further develop new work in partnership with Metal


Guest speakers will include the authors of The Psychology of Climate Change, Geoffrey Beattie  and Laura McGuire, plus case studies from those who have effectively influenced public and political will in this area.





There are eight places available on the LAB for UK based artists


You will be a practicing professional artist working in any creative discipline – i.e. visual art, film, sound, performance, spoken word, etc


You will be able to illustrate creative skills, experience and motivations, linked to at least one of the below criteria:


  • Desire to create social change
  • Practice that enables the participation of the public in your creative work
  • Practice that relates to the themes of climate change, ecological sustainability or celebration of the natural world


You must be available to attend the full LAB week in Liverpool: Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th March 2019


All travel, accommodation and meals will be provided.  We encourage all participants to stay in Liverpool for the duration of the LAB, maximising the opportunities to spend time with the other participating artists and speakers.


To apply please complete this form


The deadline for all applications is midday Tuesday 11th December 2018


For any additional information please contact edgehill@metalculture.com

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