Event IMA Ideas: Art Climate Ethics—What is the role of the arts?

IMA Ideas: Art Climate Ethics—What is the role of the arts?

with Guy Abrahams

13 June 2020

What ethical responsibility does the arts have to engage with the challenging issues of our times? What role does the arts play in comprehending issues like climate change? What can and should we do as artists, audiences, and institutions?

In this second IMA Ideas talk for the year, Guy Abrahams will consider the role of the arts in this time of environmental crisis. Abrahams, who is the co-founder of CLIMARTE and director of the ART + ENVIRONMENT consultancy, will address some of the pertinent ethical issues that have arisen in the arts, particularly around obligations to funders and audiences.

Within galleries and museums how can boards, directors, curators, designers, conservationists, administrators, public relations, and human resources—indeed every facet of the institution—act practically and with consistency in support of principles of environmental sustainability and ethical governance?

Join us for this timely discussion, presented in partnership with the Sustainability, Research and Innovation 2020 Congress (14-17 June 2020, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre).

This talk includes AUSLAN interpretation.

Guest Info
  • Guy Abrahams

    Guy Abrahams previously worked as a lawyer before becoming Director of Christine Abrahams Gallery in Melbourne until 2008. He holds a Master of Environment in climate change politics and policy, as well as law and arts degrees, and is an Associate of the University of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

    He has held board positions at City of Melbourne Art & Heritage Collection Advisory Panel (Chair), City of Melbourne Public Art Advisory Panel, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Banksia Environmental Foundation, Jewish Museum of Australia Visual Arts Committee, Australian Commercial Galleries Association (President), National Gallery of Victoria Art Foundation, and the Melbourne Art Fair.

    About Sustainability, Research and Innovation 2020

    SRI2020 brings together a global community of changemakers, driven by a common goal to accelerate transition to sustainability. The congress welcome practitioners, researchers, funders, innovators, policy-makers, and industry partners across the broad spectrum of sectors and disciplines—including the creative and performing arts—working to solve local to global sustainability challenges.

    SRI2020 will take place from 14-17 June 2020 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is hosted by the Queensland Chief Scientist, Future Earth Australia, CSIRO, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast and James Cook University. Visit www.sri2020.org to find out more.

David Buckland in collaboration with Amy Balkin, 'Discounting the Future, Ice Texts', 2008–2010, digitally printed photograph, 116 × 79.5 cm. Courtesy of the artists.

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