I’m Bridget McKenzie, supported in this project by a small network of collaborators. These include my daughter Meg McKenzie, partner Brian McKenzie, and my co-director in Flow Associates, Susanne Buck. Several people have given time and ideas, including exhibition designer Lucy Carruthers. I work 1 or 2 days a week developing Climate Museum, and hope this might increase and that more practitioners can get involved.
CMUK draws on and contributes to our experience helping cultural organisations thrive so that in turn their communities can learn, create, connect and flourish. For example, we work with Happy Museum, a project in which museums explore how to create wellbeing for people, places and planet.
I am a Creative Climate Leader. Creative Climate Leadership is a new programme for artists and cultural professionals to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience. It’s coordinated by Julie’s Bicycle and supported by Creative Europe. I developed the plan for Climate Museum UK as a pledge following my participation in this.
I’ve been running personal projects on culture and climate action since 2008, including:
- Everyday Ecocide: Challenging an ecocidal mindset in our media and culture, including denial and erasure of climate change
- Beuysterous: Promoting creative activism for trees and forests, as protecting and planting forests are key to climate action
- Possible Culture: Resources, training and conference speaking – for cultural organisations to anticipate future environmental and social challenges.
And am working on a voluntary basis to support:
- Culture Unstained: Challenging sponsorship of cultural organisations by fossil fuel industries
- Lost Species: Supporting the annual Remembrance Day for Lost Species.
- ONCA: Creating space for change, based in Brighton