Urgent call for Shop Fronts and Exhibition Space for COP26

  • 04 Aug 2021
  • Written by Nick Cullen
  • General

Urgent call for shop fronts and exhibition space to represent the voices of those who cannot travel to COP due to covid

Covid has meant that COP is likely to have far fewer participants in person than previous COPs. There is still huge uncertainty, but we are hearing that many people who would usually attend COP, especially those from the frontline of climate change in global south countries and indigenous communities, are unable to come due to covid.
Many of these groups are bringing together exhibitions or items to send to Glasgow in their place: tapestries, banners, sculptures, photographs, and we are looking for spaces to come forward that could exhibit them. We are looking for shop fronts, museums and galleries, community spaces and anywhere else that has public footfall, and also can be put on a map of locations for the exhibitions.
To give a taste of the requests we are receiving – here are some examples.

A group of young people from Malaysia, KLIMA Action, is sending an installation of tapestries created by the Orang Asli indigenous people to represent stories of struggles, resilience and hope in the climate crisis. 

Pintando Murales Derribarmos (By Painting Murals We Tear Down Walls) is a project bringing together a photographic record of the murals across Latin America’s indigenous communities that are responding to the climate crisis and are looking to bring these voices to COP via an exhibition  

Our Other Mother is a project from Our Kids’ Climate and Parents for Future bringing together images from around the world showing love for mother earth. They are seeking a place for an exhibition of these powerful images by international artists and illustrators in Glasgow during COP26.

If you are able to help – or know someone who can – please contact [email protected] giving some details of your space (address, type of space you are – e.g. shop window, gallery space, community space, roughly the area that is available, and send a photo if possible). Isobel will follow up with further information and we will put you in touch with one of the groups seeking space.

Image by Anita Bagdi – from Our Kid’s Climate

Article in the Scotsman on our call for shop-front space.

  • Nick Cullen

    Nick is a past coordinator for the Climate Fringe platform and Climate Fringe Festival, working on strategy, website development and communications. He spent two years at SCCS in the lead up to COP26 and led on developing the Homestay Network, volunteering programme, COVID-19 safety, and many other aspects of logistics and operations in collaboration with the COP26 Coalition.