Invitation to share your personal responses to climate change – send your art, poetry, short stories, music & drawings to RISE zine

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RISE Zine is a new biannual zine celebrating creativity in the face of climate change, made in Oxford by the some of the team that bring you Tandem Festival, in collaboration with Oxford Climate Society.

Oxford Climate Society and InTandem Publications (part of the Tandem Collective) are collaborating to produce the second RISE Zine, celebrating creativity in the face of climate change. This issue’s theme will be Protecting the planet: politics and protest. We want your personal responses – in the form of art, poetry, short stories (max. 500 words), music or drawings – if it can be printed, send it!

Keep in mind, we will be printing the zine in black and white, but your contribution will be displayed in its full coloured glory at the launch event hosted at Makespace Oxford on Monday 2nd December – put it in your diary!

You are also welcome to join a cut and stick session at Common Ground on Saturday 23rd November to put the zine together…

Email your submissions to: rise.ocs@gmail.com …sometime before midnight on the 15th of November!
You can buy a hard copy of the first zine here.

My postcard of Gary Hume’s Hermaphrodite Polar Bear

Creating artwork can obviously be a powerful way to process emotions around something like climate change.  It can also be a really powerful way to engage people, and get them to see or think about something in a new way.  It was seeing Gary Hume’s painting for the Cape Farewell project in the early ’00s that first really grabbed my attention and started my journey as a climate campaigner.  In one image, I suddenly understood the incredible and often-to-us-invisible impacts of our actions on the world around us.  I wanted everyone I knew to understand.  The image changed my life. 

Image description from exhibition website:

‘The glossy candy-sweet colours of this painting have a comic edge, but its real message is to expose the tragic fate of polar bears in the Arctic region.

The bears are being polluted by toxic waste. Chemicals used to reduce the flammability of household furnishings drift in from Europe and North America through wind and ocean currents.

The waste builds up in the tissues of polar bears, causing severe hormonal disruptions in adults. As a result, more and more young are born with genital deformities. These deformities can make it impossible for them to reproduce.’

Read more about Gary Hume & Cape Farewell here: https://capefarewell.com/who-we-are/creatives/61-gary-hume.html

 

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