Living Proof: A Climate Story, Q and A
GSA Exhibitions / First Year Experience

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Close of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action




28 Jan 2022
13:30 - 14:15



Living Proof

Living Proof: A Climate Story, Q and A

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Close Of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action

‘Living Proof: A Climate Story’ Q & A

Friday 28th January, 1.30pm to 2.15pm, 2022, online

This ‘Close Of Play’ event in association with GSA First Year Experience, is a Q & A with Dr. Emily Munro, the director of ‘Living Proof: A Climate Story’. This event is chaired by Katy West (First Year Experience Coordinator).

Living Proof is a feature-length archive documentary that looks for the roots of the climate crisis in post-war history. Are we heading into new territory, or are we caught in a cycle of familiar promises? Living Proof: A Climate Story (1hr 35mins) is currently free to view online on INDY On Demand. Please watch the documentary in your own time in advance of the Q&A.

Footage from the National Library of Scotland portrays a country shaped by demands for energy and economic growth, while an eclectic soundtrack amplifies the voices of the past in powerful, and sometimes unsettling, ways.

More than 80 different films are included in the documentary, including wartime propaganda, sponsored documentaries, corporate public relations films, educational films and amateur footage.

Living Proof is a partnership project between National Library of Scotland and Film Hub Scotland.


Emily Munro (she/her) is a curator, writer and (sometimes) filmmaker based in Glasgow. Since 2014 she has been a curator/learning officer at the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive where she works to bring heritage and film together through events, workshops, research, teaching, TV, radio and social media. Emily was Head of Learning at Glasgow Film (2007-2014) where she founded the Glasgow Youth Film Festival. She has worked for the Think Tank on European Film Policy and was project consultant for the 8 ½ Foundation, which aimed to get children watching world cinema. Emily views filmmaking as an extension of her curatorial practice and she has created two archive-based feature documentaries which have toured cinemas.

Katy West first joined The Glasgow School of Art staff in 2008 and is currently First Year Experience Coordinator. She has experience as an Independent Curator specialising in craft and design. Her research is interdisciplinary with particular reference to vernacular craft traditions and contemporary culture. Her outputs include exhibitions, commissions, curated and touring projects.

The Glasgow School of Art’s yearlong series of online public talks, 'Close Of Play: Climate Emergency and Creative Action’ explores the ways in which creative actions and multi-disciplinary practice can address climate emergency, sustainability, and climate justice. Each talk is hosted by a different part of GSA.