Climate Connections is a new digital arts project raising awareness about climate change and enabling diverse, migrant and working class local people from Oldham to have a voice in the environmental movement. Local people taking part are also connected with people in Bremen in Germany, through Oldham’s participation in the ‘Building Bridges’ programme. 

Led by Crossing Footprints in partnership with Oldham Library Service and CAN, the project delivered a series of online and in-person creative workshops between April and July 2021. Participants explored key issues of environmental destruction and injustice, going on to develop writing and digital skills to create the core content for social media posts and videos. The project engaged with Oldham Lifelong Learning groups, Fatima Women’s Association in Oldham and Arabischer Frauenbund in Bremen, Germany. An open online competition for communities connected to Oldham and Bremen libraries was also organised, including a visual media resource from which to generate ideas and narratives. A strong presentation of this work and process took place at the ‘Making Climate Connections‘ online event on 19th May 2021.

Through these participatory workshops, the competition and also a set of artist commissions, the content created is generating work to be exhibited online and compiled for presenting on screens within libraries. These will be launched during Great Big Green Week in September 2021 with simultaneous screenings in Oldham, Manchester, Bremen and Hamburg Libraries. This multi-format and multi-location exhibition, also part of Oldham’s Libraries of Sanctuary programme, will allow local and mostly unheard voices to raise issues of environmental urgency in the lead up to COP 26 in November.

A special screening event, ‘Floods, Fires and Foodbanks‘ (details to be announced), will take place on Saturday 25th September both at Oldham Library and streamed online to launch the exhibition.

This project home-page is under development, please contact us if you would like more details about the project.

This is a project by Crossing Footprints for Oldham Libraries, in partnership with Community Arts North West. Additional partners in the project are Greater Manchester Libraries of Sanctuary. Financially supported by Arts Council England and CILIP.

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