With Ali Gumillya Baker, Tamara Baillie, David Finnigan and Caitlin Ellen Moore / Moderated by Matthew Wright-Simon
Climate Crisis and the Arts / West Stage
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Creative Responses to the Climate Crisis description
Art is a response to the world – a cathartic release of emotion or a way to engage with confronting issues. The climate crisis is one of the largest global challenges of our time, seeing creative responses from artists, musicians, producers and theatre-makers all over the world. Many of these artistic expressions reflect the sadness, fear and outrage that accompanies this issue. But creativity can also be a tool for communication and meaningful conversation about climate action and sustainability. Our panellists will share their insights into creative climate responses and seek to champion current initiatives within the cultural sector. By bringing more people into the conversation and creating a space where people can share their concerns and reflections, this panel will offer new avenues for effective action and ideas that inspire creative engagement with the climate crisis.
Ali Gumillya Baker is a Mirning person who has grown up on Kaurna country. Ali’s maternal family is from the Nullarbor and the West Coast of South Australia. Ali is an Associate Professor, Indigenous and Australian Studies in the College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University. She is a mother, artist, and member of the Unbound Collective. She is the current chairperson of the board of Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
Tamara Baillie works across sculpture, installation and moving image to explore the convergence of identity and memory. Her work often plays with concepts of presence and absence to question accepted historical narratives and possible futures. She has exhibited throughout Australia and is currently showing in the 2022 Adelaide Festival exhibition Neoteric. Tamara is a founding member of SA Artists for Climate Action collective and current Co-Chair of Post Office Projects.
David Finnigan is a writer and theatre-maker from Ngunnawal country in Australia. He works with research scientists to produce theatre about climate and global change. David's 2017 play Kill Climate Deniers was awarded the Griffin Playwrights Award, and has since been presented in 10 cities worldwide. His six-part performance series about planetary transformation You’re Safe Til 2024 has been presented at the Sydney Opera House, ArtScience Museum Singapore and will appear at the Barbican in 2022. David is a Churchill Fellow, an associate of interactive theatre company Coney in the UK and Boho Interactive in Australia.
Caitlin Ellen Moore (she/they) is a producer, activist, writer, and general noise-maker based on unceded Kaurna Land. Working in theatre, radio and festivals, she is a proud RUMPUS Member and worked with organisations including ActNow Theatre, Radio Adelaide, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, Company AT, Vitalstatistix, Replay Creative, Paper Mouth, and JOY 94.9. In 2022 she is one of Carclew’s Emerging Creative Producers and will be freelance producing Grief Lightning: A Satire in 78 Slides (RUMPUS 2021), YOU’RE ALL INVITED TO MY SON SAMUEL’S FOURTH BIRTHDAY PARTY (The Mill’s CentreStage Residency - Adelaide Fringe 2022), and BUMBLING (AFC’s InSpace Residency 2022).
Matthew Wright-Simon applies creativity to complexity in diverse economic, social and cultural realms. Since 2010, Matthew has led and contributed to forums for global communities, including TEDx, Pecha Kucha, Climate KIC and the B Corp movement. He is currently co-director of Newday Leadership, a unique organisation focused on ‘inspired leadership for the greater good’. In addition to founding Ecocreative, a pioneering sustainability engagement practice, Matthew is a board member of the South Australian Social Enterprise Council; co-founder of Double Denim, a social enterprise focused on women’s homelessness; dean and founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation’s Adelaide chapter; and board member with A Sign of Respect. Matthew was honoured with an Impact 25 Award from Pro Bono Australia, the only South Australian represented in the 2019 cohort in recognition for his significant contribution to positive social change.