Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC) is pioneering an renewable energy experiential learning programme for school children.
This year Art and Energy delivered a workshop for children from St Chistopher’s School.
Each child was invited to explore the Archimedes Screw Hyrdo plant at Totnes Weir and then challenged to make their own water wheels using only some string, some secateurs and anything they could find on the river bank.
“Art and Energy ran a brilliant water wheel workshop as part of Tresoc’s Renewable Energy Experiential Learning Programme with St Christopher’s school. It was a perfect way to creatively experiment with water, energy, and other materials. The children really enjoyed themselves.” Sally Murrall-Smith, TRESOC
We’d like to invite you to help us launch our new venture: Art and Energy.
Art and Energy are reinventing solar photovoltaics as an art material for the future.
At the moment solar panels are making our world look like something out of minecraft. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Art and Energy are working with a team of partners and experts to create custom solar panels that can incorporate art.
We’re holding a week long event at 6 Paris Street in Princesshay, Exeter on 14 – 19 May
We hope you’ll come along to:
- See what can be done!
- Get creative with some materials
- Help us decide what sort of art and energy project to develop in Exeter
- Get free energy advice from Exeter Community Energy
We will be open:
Monday 14th May – Saturday 19th May
10am – 3pm each day
Just pop in or come to a special activity
10:30 – 12:00 – Energy Walk around the city every day
12:00 – 2:00 – Free energy advice from Exeter Community Energy
A blog exploring our energy generation through the arts.
power-culture.com was developed with Regen to understand how artists all around the world are involved in our energy generation. The project was initially intended as a resource for community energy groups who were interested in how they could work with artists to increase and improve public engagement around energy through creative projects.
If you want to know about art and energy, this is the most comprehensive collection of projects, ideas, resources and opportunities that you are likely to find anywhere!
Creative practitioners have a key role in enabling people to engage with the complex and challenging implications of climate change and clean energy. Artists have played an important role in every cultural change, helping to draw us in, focusing our attention, inviting us to spend time with new ideas and allowing us to respond both meaningfully, constructively and creatively.
The clean energy transformation needs creative practitioners to be engaged and to develop an aesthetic response to engage, question, challenge, comfort, encourage, stimulate audiences and help create the change in the world that we want and need.
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Something Wonderful in My Back Yard – is a sparkling crowd-funded musical!
It was developed at Regen as a tool for communities to make a song and a dance about climate change and green energy.
Think of a musical and you might imagine the romance of West Side Story or the razzle dazzle of Chicago. But this new musical has a different setting and tackles a very different subject: how do a motley group of ordinary, argumentative people persuade their make-do-and-mend, muddle-through market town to embrace community food and energy schemes and become more resilient?
Writer Matt Harvey and composer Thomas Hewitt Jones are well known in their fields – and their allotments – and have previously collaborated on The Same Flame (published by Boosey & Hawkes) and the musical Rumpelstiltskin.
Matt and Thomas have been talking to people involved in community energy groups and the Transition network about to develop this heartening new story for our times.
You can download a FREE e-copy of the SWIMBY Musical songbook right here!
If you would like to hear the songs – you can listen to recordings we made here at the early material show.
Alternatively please get in touch for audio demos made in the studio.
The project is currently on hold until we find partners to develop the project with further. Is this you?
The project was supported by: NatureSave Trust, Arts Council England and The Big Lottery Fund .
The Element in the Room – a book of poems inspired by energy, renewable energy in particular and a book of pictures inspired by poems about renewable energy.
This project was one of the first of Chloe Uden’s Art and Energy projects at Regen.
Matt Harvey is Regen’s poet in residence. Writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt’s way with words has taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian.
As part of Matt’s residence at Regen, he has written The Element in the Room – a book of poems inspired by energy, renewable energy in particular and a book of pictures inspired by poems about renewable energy. Among them there’s a sonnet, a country and western song and a prose poem called The Not-for-Prophit. You get the picture. None is intended as a last word, they are offered for your pleasure and interest and to provoke discussion.
The illustrations are by a range of talented artists, to be specific: Heidi Ball, Laura Cochon, Tori Dee, Chloë Uden, Josie Ashe, Naomi Ziewe Palmer and More than Minutes.
Matt has performed the material developed in this residency for hundreds of people at literary festivals and events across the UK and the poems have appeared in resurgence magazine, local papers and in the sustainable energy trade press!
This book was produced with support from The Centre for Business and Climate Solutions at Exeter University and was published September 2013.
Buy a copy online from Amazon for £5
Download a free e-copy!
See Matt Live! Matt Harvey performs regularly at festivals across the UK
“I’d like to go renewable, so my streets are less canoeable.” Matt Harvey