Close of Play: Climate Emergency Roundtable - Culture as Cornerstone
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Close of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action




3 Nov 2021 - 4 Nov 2021
Wed - Thu, 15:00 - 18:00



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Close of Play: Climate Emergency Roundtable - Culture as Cornerstone

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Close Of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action

Climate Emergency Roundtable: Culture as Cornerstone

3-6pm, 3 - 4 November 2021

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), in partnership with University of the Arts London (UAL) presents a two-part online roundtable event in response to the COP26 Climate Summit. Guests from across the HEI and Cultural sectors as well as guests from other fields will discuss four topics, responding to questions and prompts submitted by members of the UAL and GSA communities. 


Wednesday 3-6pm

Convened by James Purnell, President and Vice-Chancellor, UAL, Penny Macbeth, Director, GSA and Allan Atlee, Deputy Director, GSA.

1 - Learning with Urgency:
Curriculum Transformation in the Age of Emergency

Join our sprint to explore how educators and students can work together to embed climate and ecological justice within the curriculum and in everything we do. Using a relay-style format, we will pass the baton of ideas across panel members and audiences in our race to address social and planetary challenges.

Panel Members

Chair: Dr Nicky Ryan, Dean of Design, London College of Communication, UAL

David Cross, Reader in Fine Art, Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges, UAL

Professor Becky Earley, UAL Chair of Sustainable Fashion Textile Design & Co-Director, Centre for Circular Design, UAL

Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London / COP26 Universities Network

Maria Hansen, Executive Director, ELIA - The European League of Institutes of the Arts

Dr Gordon Hush - Head of Innovation School, GSA

Alejandro Martinez, Climate Advocate, London College of Communication, UAL

Professor Ramia Mazé, London College of Communication, UAL

2 - Culture as the Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development

The second sitting will debate the contribution of the Arts to Culture as the fourth pillar of Sustainable Development and its relationship to pillars of economic viability, environmental protection and social equity. Through responding to the question, what has culture got to do with Climate Justice? Contributors will share ideas and experiences relating to creative education, advocacy, activism and citizen participation and roles of artists and designers.

Panel Members including:

Chair: Dilys Williams, Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability / Director Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL

Leonie Bell, Director, V&A Dundee

Naresh Ramchandani, Partner, Pentagram / Co-founder, Do The Green Thing

Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro-Vice Chancellor, UAL


Thursday 3-6pm

Welcome from Professor Penny Macbeth, Director, GSA. Convened by Allan Atlee, Deputy Director, GSA  and Professor Jeremy Till, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) UAL, Head of College, Central Saint Martins.

3 – We Need Each Other: Transdisciplinarity and Interdependence for Just and Ecocentric Futures

The third sitting will consider how combinations of creative practices and disciplines might offer forms of critical understanding and ways of engaging with the climate emergency. How do we produce, recover or accept knowledge appropriate to our situation?

Chair: Dr Gordon Hush- Head of Innovation School, GSA

Professor Tom Corby - Associate Dean, Research, Central Saint Martins, UAL & Co-founder and Principal Investigator, Manifest Data Lab

Janine Francois, Course Leader, Central Saint Martins & Governor, UAL

Dr Kate Goldsworthy, Co-Director, Centre for Circular Design, UAL

Professor Stuart JeffreyProfessor of Digital Heritage at the School of Simulation and Visualisation, GSA; and Co-Director, One Ocean Hub

Helen Storey, Professor of Fashion & Science, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL

Farhana Yamin -Lawyer, Author, Activist, Expert Adviser to Climate Vulnerable Forum & Visiting Professor, UAL

4- Closing Session

More than Words: From Strategies into Action

Facilitated by Deepa Patel, the final sitting will draw together speakers from all three previous sessions and help us move from discussion into tangible action.

This event is part of GSA’s series ‘Close of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action; and Carnival of Crisis: Mobilising Creative Action in the Age of Emergency, hosted by the UAL Climate Emergency Network