COP26 Events at GSA

Close of Play

As COP26 comes to Glasgow, The Glasgow School of Art begins a yearlong series of online public talks, ‘Close Of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action’. This series will explore the ways in which creative actions and multi-disciplinary practice can address the climate emergency, sustainability, and climate justice. Each talk is hosted by a different part of GSA. See our events page for full listings.

The first ‘Close of Play’ event is 18 Oct, 2-3pm, hosted by GSA Sculpture and Environmental Art and is in association with Climate Emergency Network (University of The Arts London). Walking Forest is a 10-year interdisciplinary project culminating in 2028 the planting of an intentional woodland to honour women Earth defenders, inspired by Batheaston’s Suffragette Arboretum planted in the early 20th century and led by artists Lucy Neal, Anne-Marie Culhane, Ruth Ben-Tovim and Shelley Castle. For more info and to book free tickets via Eventbrite

The second event is 20 Oct, 1-2.15pm. ‘Being Human’ keynote is an online talk with Professor Ramia Mazé (Professor in Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London) and Professor Lucy Orta (Chair of Art and the Environment, University of the Arts London). The event is hosted by GSA’s First Year Experience and is in association with Climate Emergency Network (University of The Arts London).The chair is Katy West (First Year Experience). First Year Experience (FYE) brings together all of Year 1 students from the five schools at GSA. The theme of the FYE this year is the Anthropocene. How do we explore the impact ‘Being Human’ has on the environment around us?’ For more info and to book free tickets via Eventbrite

Silversmithing & Jewellery

S&J are going to be exhibiting some work in Central Station during COP26 as part of our Jewellery Conversations series. The first part of the project last year, online, involved GSA’s Community Engagement Officer Harriet Simms and the Garnethill community. The next part of the project is called Precious Encounters, and will be exhibited in Gordon street Coffee and online Students have been asked to investigate the notion of “precious” in contemporary jewellery, looking at how we reinvent materiality and narrative in jewellery to evoke conversation about the climate crisis , particularly in public spaces such as the station.

‘Nexus Architecture x 50 Köln, Lucy + George Orta