Green Tease Online Meetups
These online meetups are a chance to get together and discuss current issues for the role of arts and creativity in climate and environmental action as part of our Green Tease programme. Open to anyone, they are an informal space for debate, sharing ideas, and making connections. Each meetup has its own loose theme announced in advance.
You can participate from anywhere as long as you have internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet to access from. You can sign up for to attend the next meetup and read about past meetups below.
Following suggestions from attendees, the 2021 Green Tease Online Meetups will be themed to allow for more discussion relevant to specific art forms and genres. The meetups remain open to all.
Monday 9th August, 7-8.30pm: ‘Vision’
The theme for the next meetup is ‘Vision’, a space for discussions specific to visual art forms like painting, film or sculpture and for issues such as how we can meaningfully visualise the future we want to create. Sign up on Eventbrite.
Thursday 8th July, 7-8.30pm: ‘Sound’
The theme for this meetup was ‘Sound’, a space for discussions specific to music and sound art and for issues such as how we get the word out about environmental messages.
Tuesday 4th May, 7-8.30pm: ‘Movement’
The theme for the next meetup will be ‘Movement’, a space for discussions on movement building for environmental action, movement-based artforms like dance and physical theatre, issues around travel and more.
Wednesday 10th March, 7-8.30pm: ‘Story’
The theme for this meetup was ‘Story’, a space for discussions specific to narrative art forms like creative writing, theatre, and film and for issues such as how we communicate climate change effectively and what environmental stories need to be told.
Wednesday 16th December, 7-8.30pm: ‘Reasons to be Cheerful: what are the environmental success stories of 2020? And what role can the arts have in developing climate optimism?’
In this meetup we discussed what good news had emerged this year and what issues arise for artists when trying to balance hope and fear in work that engages with climate change. The google slides used during the meetup, including notes from our discussion are accessible here.
Monday 12th October, 7-8.30pm: ‘COP26: What is it? what’s going on? and what can we do?’
In this meetup we discussed what we thought arts and culture had to offer in the context of COP26 coming to Glasgow in November 2021 and shared plans that were developed and ideas for how to collaborate or support each other. The google slides used during the meetup, including notes from our discussion are accessible here.
Wednesday 12th August, 7-8:30pm: ‘What are the best ways for artists and environmentalists to work together? And what can we achieve?’
In this meetup we looked at some examples of collaborations between artists and environmentalists, ranging from research projects to artivism, and discussed the benefits of collaboration as well as the barriers and how to overcome these. The google slides used during the meetup, including notes from our discussion are accessible here.
Thursday 16th July, 7-8:30pm: ‘Climate Change and (Anti-) Racism’
In this meetup we discussed intersections between racism and climate change, where these apply to arts and culture, and the steps that people working in arts and culture can take to tackle these interconnected issues. The google slides used during the meetup, including notes and links to resources mentioned in the call are accessible here.
Tuesday 16th June, 7-8:30pm: ‘What might the response to coronavirus teach us about how to respond to climate change?’
In this meetup we started with a poetry reading that led us into a discussion of our personal experiences of how our society has responded to coronavirus and the implications this might have for climate action, either directly or through the lessons we’ve learned and can apply in the future. The google slides used during the meetup, including notes from our discussion are accessible here.
Monday 11th May, 7-8:30pm: ‘What can the role of art and culture be in crises and emergencies?’
In this meetup we shared our thoughts on what we felt art could offer in a crisis, discussed some artistic responses to the AIDS crisis and what we might learn from them, and considered the similarities and differences between the coronavirus and climate crises. The google slides used during the meetup, including notes and links to resources mentioned in the call are accessible here.
Wednesday 15th April, 6-7pm: ‘How can we use online tools as a device to engage people on climate change?’
In this meetup we discussed how, during physical distancing measures we can continue to use online methods as part of our green work, discussing what our plans were, what the barriers were and how we can help each other out. You can read the google slides used for note-taking during the meetup here.