Climate and change at East Quay

THREE women artists, working in different media but all concerned with the climate crisis, are taking part in Better Than This, the first exhibition in the Climate and Change series at East Quay, Watchet, from 21st May to 31st August.

Audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde, writer and artist Amy Howden-Chapman and spoken work artist Liv Torc have been invited to present new works that reflect on our relationship to the earth and nature, and to give voice to the possibility that we can be better than this.

The Onion Collective, Watchet’s inspiring and pioneering all-women group who created East Quay, are committed to the role of culture in raising awareness of the climate and ecological emergency and in giving people space to think about what it means.

This third exhibition at the landmark gallery, cafe and arts centre marks the public starting point of a long-term commitment to programming that explores a climate-conscious future.

The Onions say: “We need art now more than ever to help us navigate the future; a responsibility that East Quay Gallery will embrace.”

Kathy Hinde is an audio-visual artist whose practice embraces open methods and evolving processes. Through installations, performances and site specific experiences, she aims to nurture a deeper and more embodied connection to other species and the earth’s systems. At East Quay, she will examine evolution as symbiosis to explore non-human species, such as lichen and algae, that offer potential for a mutually beneficial relationship with humans.

Amy Howden-Chapman is an artist and writer originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand, currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She is co-founder and editor of thedistanceplan.org, a platform that works to address the climate crisis through collaborations between artists, earth scientists, activists, and policy makers.

Along with members of the Watchet community she will perform Have You Ever Felt Overwhelmed? The Words of Climate Scientists, Activists and Journalists. This sound performance and mass reading probes how individuals who work daily on the issue of climate change reconcile the magnitude of the crisis to the reality of their individual lives.

As a poet and producer, Liv Torc explores the human and planetary condition. In 2019 her climate change in-the-face-of-motherhood poem The Human Emergency went viral across the world. During the pandemic, Liv worked with Cape Farewell, looking at climate change in the time of COVID.

At East Quay, she will create a poem and film examining the role of the Earth Guardians, interviewing individuals from agriculturalists to forest school teachers, utility engineers to climate scientists to uncover what returning to the Earth can teach us about being whole and happy.