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02 Mar - 03 Mar 2023

Bishopsgate Institute

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

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Climate Crisis >> Art Action

Bishopsgate Institute | 2 & 3 March 2023

Featuring voices from leading visual arts and environmental organisations as well as change-makers from beyond the sector, this two-day symposium tackles the critical environmental issues facing the UK’s public arts institutions.  

Through a day of panel discussions and presentations, followed by a day of action-focused workshops, this event will provide context and clarity by pooling expertise and data to identify solutions, equipping participants with the knowledge and ambition to take effective action.  

 Following the event, participants will receive access to new resources expanding on the topics explored in the symposium, including a customisable Decarbonisation Action Plan for non-profit arts organisations.  

Organised by Whitechapel Gallery and Gallery Climate Coalition. 

Day 1 Topics

What Does ‘Net Zero’ Really Mean for a Non-profit Art Organisation?
Keynote presentation on the reality of Net Zero Targets for non-profit organisations

Local Crisis & Local Action: Climate Justice and the Role of Public Art Institutions
A panel discussion on Environmental Racism & Climate Justice, and the role of arts institutions in addressing these issues and engaging local communities.

Environmental Impacts of HVAC Systems & Climate Control Regulations
Panel discussion on climate control systems in storage facilities and exhibition spaces, including HVAC Regulations, new systems and standards.

Climate Activism in Art Spaces
Panel discussion on the urgent need for climate action and the spectrum of different approaches activists take.

Culture, Climate & Societal Change
In conversation’ tackling the need for broad societal change and the culture sector’s role.

Environmentally Responsible Exhibition Design
Presentation on sustainable approaches to exhibition making.

More to be announced soon.

Day 2 Workshops

Workshops will take place throughout the day over three sessions. Each participant will attend a total of three workshops, one per session. Participants will be asked to submit their selection prior to the event.

For more information or to register your interest in Day 2, please email Please note, only those who attend day 1 of the symposium will be able to join day 2 as the workshops will build upon topics and case studies presented on day 1. Attendance will be prioritised on a first-come-first -served basis.

Sustainable Conservation and Collection Management Practices
Following on the Day 1 HVAC panel, a deeper dive into regulations, building action points for organisations to implement best practices.

Programming and Advocacy for Environmental Responsibility
To inspire and support people working in the cultural sector to embed environmental themes in their creative work.

Reducing Impacts of Shipping & Touring
Discussion on the impacts of different freight, packaging materials and insurance policies, and the effects on programming scheduling – exploring the greatest issues, obstacles and possible solutions.

Climate Justice & Decarbonisation
Exploring action points for organisations based on their insights, specific obstacles and questions, ranging from supply chain impacts to programming to engaging audiences in local climate action.

Designing Sustainable Exhibitions
Understanding the environmental impact of exhibition-making and exploring a more sustainable approach to the planning, design and operation of exhibitions.

Throughout the day, guests will be invited for short individual consultations with an Expert Environmental Advisor

Followed by a drinks reception

More to be announced soon.

Confirmed Speakers

Alice Sharp, Director, Invisible Dust

Alison Tickell, Founder & CEO, Julie’s Bicycle

Amhara Spence, artist and organiser working for liberation

Bidisha Mamata, broadcaster and journalist

Caitlin Southwick, Director Ki Culture, Founder ICCC conference

Chris Gerrard, Co-director of Culture Unstained

Christian Baars, Co-Chair ICOM UK Executive Committee, National Museums Liverpool, Collections Care BSc, MSc, PhD

Danny Chivers, GCC Environmental Policy Advisor, Independent Journalist & Climate Consultant

Elise Foster Vander Elst, Head of Exhibitions, the Design Museum, London

Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern

Gilane Tawadros, Director, Whitechapel Gallery

Harpreet Kaur Paul, journalist, researcher and author of Towards Reparative Climate Justice: from Crises to Liberations

Julian Knxxx, artist

Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, Design Museum; Director, Future Observatory

Kate Raworth, economist, author, co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab

Louisa Buck, broadcaster and journalist

Nick Merriman, Director of Horniman Museum, NMDC chair for Environment and Sustainability

Sarah Munro, Director, Baltic Gateshead

More to be announced soon.


Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC)

Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC) is an international charity and membership organisation providing environmental sustainability guidelines for the art sector.  

The coalition’s primary target is to facilitate a reduction of the visual art sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 50% by 2030 (in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global warming to below 1.5°C) as well as promoting zero-waste practices.  

GCC has over 800 members in 20 countries around the world, including artists, museums, non-profits, art sector businesses and commercial galleries. Membership is free and open to all. 

IG: @galleryclimatecoalition  

Ticketing Information

Day 1: £25 – £65 

Day 1 (online only): £15 

Day 1 + Day 2: £40 – £100 

For any ticketing enquiries, please contact

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Climate Crisis >> Art Action Takeover

Thursday 2 March | 6-10pm 
Join us at Whitechapel Gallery for an after-hours programme that follows the day’s discussions at the symposium. Have a drink at the bar, enjoy DJs, poetry, film, a talk and a workshop, exploring art, ecology and sustainability.