What's The Idea

We are going to put arts practitioners together with climate scientists to equip a cohort of volunteer climate scientists with narrative skills through an intensive workshop exploring different methods of storytelling. We will explore creative writing, theatre, printmaking and songwriting. Participants will be encouraged to explore all four arts disciplines before choosing their preferred storytelling approach.  Artists and our newly skilled cohort of sientists will then work together with a diverse range of community groups to develop new stories about climate change.

Printmaking workshops will be led by Fiona Lovell of Double Elephant Print Workshop. Working with community groups these workshops will elicit a series of original prints, book works or collaborative print/animations in response to the stories produced in collaboration with the newly trained climate scientists. 

Songwriting workshops will be led by climate scientist and singer songwriter Rosie Eade. Participants  will develop narratives through songwriting that reflect their personal experiences of environmental change.  

Theatre workshops will be led by Evelyn O'Malley of the Drama Department at the University of Exeter. These workshops wil be responding to provocations from climate scientists that will lead to the writing of “tiny plays,” scene workshops, and devised performances. The workshops will then explore different performance strategies for presenting the stories created.  

Creative Writing workshops will be led by Sally Flint of the English Department at the University of Exeter. These will provoke discussions and narrative responses, including stories, micro fiction, poems and illustrations that connect to and further aid understanding of climate change.  

And alongside our workshop activities, Prof Stewart Barr and Dr Ewan Woodley of the Geography Department at the University of Exeter will explore the underlying issues of talking about science and environmental challenges, both from the perspective of scientists tasked with sharing their understanding of their field, and the point of view of the wider community facing the task of taking decisions based on the scientific understanding of our world. 

We will create a legacy in the form of curated materials, including a published book of writing, online resources for information and debate and archived materials including recordings and animations, as well as an innovative contribution to the ongoing debate about the communication of science through the publication of project insights in peer-reviewed publications and a final project report. We will also analyse and evaluate the progress of this engagement in order to inform the development of a wider programme of activities at a national level.