Curating Climate: Nature NOW is an exhibition of digital and animated artworks created with diverse community groups from Barrow-in-Furness led by award-winning digital artists Dr Michaela French and super/collider during Spring/Summer 2022. Curating Climate: Nature NOW showcases artworks made over the past five months that unite and respond to the meaningful experiences the groups had in Grizedale Forest. The works creatively raise awareness of the impact of climate change, such as the recent Storm Arwen damage of 2021, on the beautiful natural spaces on our doorstep and of the forest’s resilience.
Developed through a series of visits and workshops with both youth and adult participants, the digital images, animations and artworks reveal both connection and concern and not only tell the story of the forest NOW, but also of its past and its future.
Award-winning digital artist & lecturer Dr Michaela French led our ‘Cooke’s Crew’ group of young creatives aged 11-15 to learn new tech skills as they explored the natural environment to gain inspiration. Louise Beer & Melanie King from Margate-based collaborative super/collider led a diverse group of adults from Furness Multicultural Community Forum as part of their residency with Grizedale Forest.
dr michaela french
Michaela French is an artist, lecturer and researcher working with light and time-based media across a broad range of artistic contexts. Light serves as subject, medium and experience in her artistic practice which is grounded in an ecological systems-based approach. Michaela designs and produces innovative artworks and award-winning moving image experiences for 360° immersive media spaces, contemporary performance, museums and gallery exhibitions.
Founded in 2006, super/collider is an independent agency that celebrates and champions the connections between science, culture and creativity. Working in and with people from the creative industries, we explore science from a pop cultural standpoint – bringing
its wonders and wisdom to new audiences through events, expeditions, books and content. super/collider is directed by Louise Beer, Melanie King and Chris Hatherill.