5 June 2009

FACT's experimental Climate for Change exhibition drew to a close on Sunday, 31 May. The 11 week-long exhibition featured an estimated 120 events, with more than 100 networks and groups involved, reaching more than 15,000 participants. It's impossible to represent all the activities and events that took place, but here are some examples:

  • An estimated 600 people took part in the Growth Economy Games, artist Nina Edge's food exchange games event
  • 141 students participated in schools activities including computer programming workshops, Graffiti workshops, tenantspin webcasts, and a live link-up with partner schools in New York City where the pupils swapped green ideas
  • 359 children and their families participated in artist-led family workshops
  • Over 120 young people engaged with projects ranging from eco fashion workshops to recycling bicycles
  • 18 designers, 53 outfits, 41 volunteers and 162 audience members participated in the Climate for Change Sustainable Fashion Show
  • 36 fixed gear cyclists participated in an alley cat race around the city and a screening of 13 short bicycle films
  • 14 artists took up residence in Gallery 1 for one week or more, making and doing in the gallery space 1 unruly UNsustainable UNconference where more than 100 participants led 12 ad-hoc sessions on education, housing, food and more

The exhibition put forward the idea that the grassroots networks working in Merseyside offer the most relevant and positive response to the complexity of climate change. Drawing together these groups in a shared common events space, Climate for Change highlighted the positive changes these groups are already making in Liverpool. Through new governance systems and models of self-organising, the groups collectively addressed and continue to address an expanded definition of 'environmentalism'.

FACT Director/CEO Mike Stubbs says, "World Environment Day reminds us that there is still more to do, but the exhibition opened FACT and others up to new perspectives and approaches to this complex topic. Thanks to all who participated in this challenging experiment! The accidental links and overlaps between all these events and groups in the gallery not only provided the exhibition with a lively, dynamic programme, but a lasting legacy."