COP26 is well underway, but with so much to read, watch and listen to, it’s hard to know where to start. With only a week left of the summit, we’ve picked out a selection of craft-focused talks, panel discussions and presentations that make the case for creativity in the fight against the climate crisis.
Ancient Knowledge and Modern Thinking: Climate Perspectives in Folk Art
Indigenous artists join experts from the Open University and the Glasgow Life organisation to explore the ways in which art and science can come together to inform the future of climate action.
Examining three works of art from Glasgow Museums’ World Cultures collection, the artists will discuss the meaning and process behind each piece, shedding light on creative practices from India, Ecuador and the Arctic respectively.
13:00 – 14:30 GMT, 7 November
Healing hands: Could makers help regenerate the earth?
As the climate crisis accelerates, sustainable design is no longer enough – we need to restore the damage humanity has done to the planet. In this talk, hosted by Crafts magazine, meet the trailblazers of regenerative design, who are nurturing the environment through their craft.
Hear from Mexico-based designer Fernando Laposse and New York-based textile artist Shradha Kochhar – makers whose work crosses into the world of agriculture, encouraging the reintroduction of indigenous crops that improve the soil. Also on our panel will be Carole Collet, a professor in design for sustainable futures at Central Saint Martins and founder of its upcoming master’s degree in regenerative design. The talk will be chaired by Crafts editor Malaika Byng.
17:30 – 18:45 GMT, 8 November