Featuring Disabled and d/Deaf artists across Victoria at the CLIMARTE Gallery, this thought-provoking exhibition offered a platform for artists to express their distinct viewpoints on the pressing issues of climate change.
I was asked by curator Louise Marson to speak alongside City of Yarra’s Mayor, Councillor Claudia Nguyen, and artists Jane Trengove and Fiona Tuomy. I spoke about the reckoning the climate movement needs to have on its exclusion of disabled people, and paid tribute to the passion and dedication of the exhibiting artists as climate activists.
This was also my first time exhibiting my own visual art. I started working on collages during the Covid lockdowns as a way to work through my writers block and explore new artistic mediums. When I saw the callout for disabled artists to contribute work about climate change, I knew it was time to challenge myself and enter my work.
The exhibition is open until August 5, and I urge you to visit the gallery and experience the artworks for yourself.
I’m glad to have another opportunity to talk about the unique situation disabled people face as we tackle climate change. I’ll be speaking at this event as part of the Greater Dandenong Sustainability Festival and Libraries After Dark at Springvale Library.
Climate change is happening now, and it affects everyone, including people with disabilities. Join us and several special guests as we discuss this topic and hear your views and thoughts. You will also learn how people with a disability can prepare for and stay comfortable during extreme weather events.
If you’re local I’d love to see you at the Springvale Library in the Springvale Community Hub, but for those not able to make it in person the session will be recorded and available to watch after it has taken place.