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A TOWER IS BUILT. A TREE GROWS: POWER DYNAMICS IN THE ART WORLD

Wednesday 28 September 11am - 4pm The Shieldfield Centre

A workshop on power dynamics in the art world, anti-colonial, and antiracist strategies for decarbonisation.

Wednesday 28 September 

11am – 4pm including a break for lunch

The NewBridge Project

As part of a longer-term commitment to change, NewBridge is partnering with curator Dani Admiss and artist Luiza Prado de O Martins with project A TOWER IS BUILT. A TREE GROWS: POWER DYNAMICS IN THE ART WORLD, part of Dani Admiss’s project ‘Sunlight Doesn’t Need a Pipeline’. O Martin’s project thinks about power dynamics in the art world, anti-colonial, and antiracist strategies for decarbonisation.

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Where do we run when the land crumbles under our feet? How do we learn to grow again, once the tower has fallen?

The Anti-Offsetting Primer is a collective artistic-research project and anitcolonial inquiry into carbon offsetting in the arts sector. Through interviews, research, dialogue and workshopping, the project creates a list of poetic and tangible alternatives to offetting for art workers, artists and communities. Carbon offsetting is a policy tool to regulate the action of compensating for carbon dioxide emissions arising from industrial and other human activity.

This working group focuses on one of the Primer’s suggestions “A Tower is Built. A Tree Grows”, which thinks about power dynamics in the art world.  Anticolonial and antiracist strategies for decarbonisation.  The outcome of the working group will be a series of diagrams mapping alternative power flows. These will be included in the open source online publication which will detail radical and realistic ways of contributing in a very small way towards the abolition of the art world as we know it.

This workshop is part of the wider project Sunlight Doesn’t Need a Pipeline, initiated by Dani Admiss

Sunlight Doesn’t Need a Pipeline is a collaborative literacy and climate justice project in search of transformative and regenerative repair for the art sector and beyond. Commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University.

About Habit, Ability!

This event is part of the exhibition Habit, Ability!

9 July – 23 September 2022

How might we continue to inhabit a damaged planet?

How can we learn collectively from nature’s methods of survival and transformation?

Habit, Ability! is an exhibition with events exploring ways to learn from and ‘be in’ nature. Come to The Newbridge Project, Shieldfield, Newcastle to see survival strategies found in landscapes that are considered uninhabitable by humans.

Seeing survival in these places through long and continuous engagement is a strategy against the common attitude to conquer and extract from nature.

Habit, Ability! begins by looking at Intertidal mud flats, peat bogs, the arctic circle, and the ocean. For humans, encountering these landscapes is challenging. Some of these places are protected by legislation – prohibiting or limiting human access for their preservation, or they are protected areas of scientific study.

The exhibition then turns to look at NewBridge and its new home in Shieldfield, Newcastle, having moved in 2021. Works in the exhibition assess NewBridge and its the environmental impact of the organisation on its surrounding spaces and at large.

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wheelchair access and accessible toilets

The NewBridge Project
Shieldfield Centre
4-8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street)
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 1AL

The NewBridge Project is accessible. You can find out more here, or feel free to contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.

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