What do the arts have to do
with inspiring climate action?
Gabby O’Connor, What Lies Beneath, 2011, Auckland. Image Credit: Nigel Moore.
Human-induced climate change is affecting our food, livelihoods, security and our very existence.The Paris Agreement aims to keep temperature rise this century well below 2ºC and drive efforts to limit the increase to 1.5ºC.
Scientists tell us we have a critical window – less than a decade - to act to prevent climate events that may be beyond civilisation’s capacity to adapt. The urgent response needed is not being matched by action.
We need a deep cultural shift to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and unleash a step-change in our response to climate change – the biggest cultural challenge of our time.
Track Zero hopes to contribute to our climate response by working with the arts, co-creating with other sectors, to tell the climate story in ways that engage people’s hearts and minds - inspiring transformative climate action.
Be the Change
Track Zero hopes to change the way we feel and think about acting on climate change.
We aim to deliver creative platforms working with the arts, science and other sectors, to inspire people to be part of shaping the world we want to live in – working together to build a resilient, carbon neutral future that’s fair for all of us.
Images of art on our website have kindly been provided by creative practitioners showing what they’re already doing in response to an aspect of climate change and sustainability. Working with others, we hope to support creative practitioners to do more; contributing to our collective response to climate change.
Arts + Climate Innovation Roadshow
Free Public Event
10 locations starting in July 2018, co-hosted by local art organisations in: Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, New Plymouth, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin.
An event for: artists, curators, producers, directors, art lovers, art funders, along with representatives from national, regional and local art institutions, organisations and trusts.
Learn about the very latest climate science; work that’s underway in New Zealand to adapt and shift to a low emissions society, and; exciting examples of artists already working in the climate change space. Become part of the conversation. Explore how the arts can help to inspire climate action and ways this can be supported.
Mon 30 July, 5.30-7.30pm
In partnership with: Dunedin Fringe Arts Festival and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Sun 5 Aug, 2.00-4.00pm
In partnership with: The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Arts Council Nelson and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Sun 12 Aug, 2.00-4.00pm
In partnership with: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Sun 19 Aug, 4.00-6.00pm
In partnership with: Arts Inc. Heretaunga and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Mon 20 Aug, 6.00-8.00pm
In partnership with: Tauranga Art Gallery, The Incubator and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Thurs 30 Aug, 6.00-8.00pm
In partnership with: Waikato Museum and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Wed 31 Oct, 6.00-8.00pm
In partnership with: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, WORD Christchurch and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Sun 4 Nov, 1.00-3.00pm
In partnership with: Pataka Art + Museum and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Mon 12 Nov, 6.00-8.00pm
In partnership with: Creative Northland, Reconnecting Northland and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Tues 13 Nov, 6.00pm-8.00pm
In partnership with: Auckland Museum and Royal Society Te ApārangiRegistration via Eventbrite
Education + Engagement
Shaping a Safe Climate Future: The Role of the Arts
Track Zero’s Founder, Sarah Meads, was joined by acclaimed artists: Mīria George, Gabby O’Connor and Michel Tuffery MNZM, to present at the Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, hosted at Te Papa, Wellington, by Victoria University and SPREP.
As experienced practitioners working across the performance and visual arts and in the transdisciplinary field, the panel discussed the role of arts in shaping our safe climate future – including work with school children and youth.