Margaret Atwood to headline Invisible Dust’s International Summit and Arts Festival
British Library and King’s Cross, London, 1-2 June 2018
Friday 1st June, 9:30am – 6pm, Summit: British Library, London.
Tickets: sold out
Saturday 2nd June, 12-10pm, Arts Festival: Public art commissions, performances, workshops, screenings and ticketed events. King’s Cross, London.
‘This isn’t climate change; it’s EVERYTHING change.” – Under Her Eye speaker and ambassador Margaret Atwood
Explore and celebrate the role of women taking action on climate change in an international arts-science summit and festival curated by Invisible Dust, as part of the 2018 Suffrage Centenary and headlined by Booker-prize winning author, Margaret Atwood.
Atwood’s highly acclaimed works of ‘speculative fiction’, including the MaddAdam Trilogy and The Handmaid’s Tale, grapple with issues of climate change, science, gender, capitalism and politics and offer compelling visions of the future that are both familiar and beyond our imagining. Atwood has inspired a whole new generation of ‘Cli-Fi’ writers, and her adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale for television recently swept the board, winning awards at the Golden Globes, Emmys and Writers’ Guild.
Under Her Eye brings Atwood together with a wide range of pioneering women working globally to tackle the environmental challenge of our age through art, science, technology, finance, health, activism, leadership and policy – united by the power of the arts to tell these stories, spark conversations and inspire change.
As Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change firmly asserted ‘the challenges of climate change cannot be solved without empowering women’. Over two days of lectures, panel talks, in-conversations, workshops, screenings and performances, this event will engage audiences in the climate challenge, through a distinctly female eye – inspired by the event’s ambassador.
Atwood will be joined by an international array of speakers including Caroline Lucas MP, Co-Leader UK Green Party; Hakima El Haité, Moroccan Minister for the Environment and COP22 Host; Maaike Van Min, former Head of Strategy and Development, Marie Stopes; Dr Erinma Ochu, Lecturer in Science Communication and Future Media, University of Salford; Mariele Neudecker, Professor and Research Fellow at Bath Spa University, Fellow for CERN’s Visiting Artists Program and on the European Commission’s JRC SciArt advisory panel; Laura Tenenbaum, former Senior Science Editor, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab; Gayle Chong Kwan, Under Her Eye commissioned artist; Jessica Ground, Global Head of Stewardship, Schroders; Alison Tickell, Director Julie’s Bicycle; Mel Evans, Artwash author and former Head of Art at Greenpeace; and Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics author and Renegade Economist. Many more names to be announced along with the full hour by hour programme by early April.
“This summit is extremely exciting, because it brings together women, the arts and the fight against climate change. We know that women in the arts give a unique perspective when it comes to climate change – and that they will have an important role to play in the future. There is a rich history of women guarding our environment – which is why they should be front and central to efforts aiming to counteract climate change.” Under Her Eye Speaker, Caroline Lucas MP.
‘Under Her Eye’ comprises a high-profile Summit (Friday 1st June) hosted at the British Library Conference Centre, followed by a festival of public art installations and workshops across King’s Cross (Saturday 2nd June) that will invite the public to consider and experience climate change through the lens of AIR, LAND and SEA.
Under Her Eye – Summit Tickets: sold out
‘Under Her Eye’ Arts Festival, Saturday 2nd June:
Art and Science exploring air, land and sea. This takes place across the wider King’s Cross area, including three major Invisible Dust commissions from acclaimed artists Gayle Chong Kwan (‘At the Crossroads: Microclimate Sensory Banquet’ workshops and banquet), Kasia Molga (‘HUMAN SENSOR LDN’ performance) and Margaret Salmon (new film ‘Shore’). More info coming soon!
‘Under Her Eye’ Fellowship:
Invisible Dust believes young women are vital to the future of taking action on climate change. Launching in April the new ‘Under Her Eye Fellowship’ is enabling a group of women from different disciplines from universities across the UK to be hot housed together to develop their own art and science projects. The Fellows will contribute throughout ‘Under Her Eye’ and form an exciting new cohort collaborating on Invisible Dust’s future programme. More info coming soon!
‘Under Her Eye’ Special ‘Meet the Scientist’ Session: 1 – 3pm, Saturday 2nd June, Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, London, NW1 1AT – Free and open to all, Just drop in.
What is life in the lab really like? Two of Crick’s brilliant female scientists, Christelle Soudy and Deniz Ercan, will be popping down from their labs into the Manby Gallery to share insights into how their work is helping to fight cancer, combat environmental impacts and describe life in the lab and demonstrate historical and modern day scientific equipment. Bring your curiosity, have a chat and get hands-on with our handling collection. Free, drop in at any time during the session – all ages welcome.
‘Under Her Eye’ is curated and produced by award-winning arts science organisation Invisible Dust and supported by the Wellcome Trust, Euston Town BID, Creative Scotland, Mooncup and Arts Council England