Climate Museum UK is a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a growing number of associates developing their own collections and activities in their areas. We actively seek the involvement of people who bring diverse perspectives and practices.
Climate Museum UK Associates
Bridget McKenzie is a researcher and creative curator working across culture, environment and public engagement. She has been director of Flow Associates since 2006, following 14 years’ in roles managing cultural education, including as Education Officer for Tate and Head of Learning at the British Library. She is an advisor for Culture Unstained and a key initiator of Culture Declares Emergency. She presents and publishes internationally on climate action in the cultural sector and on possibilities of Regenerative Culture. She is founding director of Climate Museum UK. Having moved back home to Norwich, she has created a local programme called Possitopia Norwich, under the umbrella of CMUK.
Lucy Carruthers is an experiential designer and consultant for museums, exhibitions and visitor attractions. Lucy is also a multi-disciplinary artist curating alternative climate narratives through Floodproof. Passionate about creatively mapping sustainable pathways for adaption to a zero carbon future in the context of a changed climate. Lucy is a Co-director of Climate Museum UK.
Beckie Leach McDonald is an ecological artist and storyteller, as well as a creative learning and deep listening facilitator. They have two years experience working with Tate Learning and Tate Exchange, and 8 years experience working for the University of the Arts London as a Lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator. Beckie specialises in tracking old stories, myths and fairy tales about human & more-than-human entanglements, that reignite our relationship to place and the wild, and breathing new life into them. They are passionate about collaboration, working with communities and developing ecologically engaged practice. Beckie is a Co-director of Climate Museum UK.
Victoria Burns has a 25-year career working in culture and the arts as a producer, curator and organisational development consultant. In the last ten years she aligned her interest in environmental science and activism with her professional commitment to arts and culture. She is the former head of programme at arts and science organisation Invisible Dust and is now the national coordinator for Culture Declares. She is alumnus from the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) programme run by Julie’s Bicycle where she saw more clearly than ever the critical role that the cultural community play in cultivating the vision and inspiration for vital systemic changes. She studied Coaching Psychology at Birkbeck College, University Of London and has an interest in exploring new leadership paradigms for the complex challenges of the 21st Century.
James Aldridge is a visual artist and consultant based in Wiltshire, working with people and places. The individual and participatory sides of his practice each feed into and inform the other. Together they generate a body of practice-led research into the value of artful, embodied and situated (place-based) learning, and their benefits for individual, community and ecological wellbeing. He has carried out residencies and commissions for range of arts, heritage and environmental organisations, and curated exhibitions including The Art of Outdoor Learning at MK Gallery and Making Memories (Art and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years) at Salisbury Art Centre. He provides professional development for artists and educators in schools, arts and heritage organisations and has facilitated community consultation projects for organisations including English Heritage and National Trust. He’s also worked as a visiting lecturer at a number of universities, including with student teachers, medical students and doctoral candidates.
Justine Boussard is an independent curator and creative producer working in the fields of design, craft and culture, with a keen interest in regenerative practices and Long Time Thinking. Her practice encompasses exhibition curation and production, events management, strategic consulting and community engagement. Clients include UP Projects, the Design Museum and the British Council. In 2019, Justine founded There Project (thereproject.org) with curator Sarah Turner to address key contemporary issues through the medium of public design interventions. Projects include Designing London National Park City, an audio-journey exploring Regent’s Canal from the perspective of a bird and questioning how design can help us become more ecocentric. She is part of the AHRC-funded research network Crafting the Commons, which brings together makers, academics and curators to examine the intersection of craft practices and the commons.
Toni Lee is a filmmaker and visual anthropologist based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Toni has recently completed postgraduate film research on “more-than-human” relationships with Landscapes at the Granada Centre, Manchester and a DocLab Trainee on the Grierson Trust’s 2020 scheme. They also programme and assist organising the Leeds Queer Film festival and use filmmaking for community development around West Yorkshire. Toni is passionate about healing the relationships between humans and their non-human counterparts, and is ever learning how best to create a more equitable world. At the heart of their environmentalism is a dedication to anti-racism and anti-imperialism, and organises with Yorkshire Resists and the Racial Justice Network against discriminatory surveillance and biometric technologies.
Caroline Bray is a freelance arts education consultant specialising in evaluation, but her varied career includes working as a dress / costume maker and a Change Management consultant in Financial Services. Her childhood love of wildlife has evolved into deep concern about the impact of human activity on our planet. She works with her local community to encourage understanding of how we can all support local biodiversity and in developing a ‘bank’ of skills, knowledge and opportunities to collaboratively build a supportive neighbourhood in south London.
Genevieve Rudd is an artist based in Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast. Informed by her training in art photography, Genevieve works in early photography techniques, such as Cyanotype and Anthotype, in a multidisciplinary approach often combined with textile arts and drawing. Her inspiration is drawn from the natural world through exploring botanical forms, working directly with plants or the weather, or utilising recycled, natural and found materials. Within this, she considers themes of time, place and seasonality. Genevieve has worked as a freelance Community Artist since 2011. Since 2018, she has been an Associate Artist/Tutor at Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts at University of East Anglia, and is currently an Arts Practitioner representative on the Norfolk Arts Forum/Norfolk County Council Executive Committee. Through her participatory arts work, Genevieve has developed projects with broad audiences in many community settings in East Anglia and London that consider heritage, cultural and environmental themes. She leads projects that encourage closer looking, enquiry through making and ask about the places and people around us.
Hayley Harrison is a multi-disciplinary artist working with abandoned materials (human and non-human) and forgotten spaces to start conversations about our disconnection with ‘nature’ and each other. She was recently awarded an Arts Council England DYCP grant for her project ‘Practicing Outside’ based at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve where she has spent much of this summer starting conversations with the non-human and visiting human communities. This research is feeding back into her community work, in which she has over 10 years experience. Hayley is also the Creative Coordinator at Cubitt – where she manages community projects with older people.
Kevin Campbell Davidson is an award-winning community arts practitioner working with music, dance, spoken words and storytelling, working with charities including Music for Change, Music in Detention and Save the Children, delivering work at venues such as Sadlers Wells, Southbank Centre, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal College of Arts. Kevin takes a participatory and inclusive approach, linking community, culture and learning, working with families, culturally-diverse and inter-generational groups. Kevin’s work is diverse and linked by themes of social and planetary justice.
Tamasin Rhymes is trained as a set designer and has worked across theatre, education and events. She is currently working on environmental community projects in Greenwich under Greenwich Sustainability Hub. This is a project to connect residents with repair, reuse and sharing projects to build a circular economy in the borough. She is also involved with growing projects at Plum Lane Community Orchard and Herbert Road Green Oasis among others.
Other associates include: Meg McKenzie, Freya Mitchison, Jaime Jackson, Amy Scaife, Lorraine Finch, Megan Bowyer, Tom Mansfield, Katrin Spranger, Sonia Barrett, Julie Armstrong, Dorothea Fox, and William Wardlaw Rogers. (Biographies to come.)
Are you interested? As an associate (or full member) you can use the CIC as a platform for your practice as long as it sits within our mission and principles, help with tasks such as building up our digital collection, reviewing climate resources and exhibitions, or writing blogposts.
If you are interested to get involved, see this presentation.