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The Power of Craft!

Solar Cell Photo by Matt Austin

Back in September the Crafts Council invited Art and Energy director Jenny to speak at an online event titled ‘The Future of Craft Education’. All of the days inspirational speakers are available to watch on the Crafts Council’s Vimeo account.

Jenny spoke during the final session of the day which focused on the potential for craft as a cross curricular bridge. This is something that many in the Art and Energy Collective have experienced outside of a traditional school setting; with creative members discovering a new interest in the science and engineering behind solar, whilst those with a more technical background have experienced the joy of getting creative,

In April 2020 Jenny was due to go into two secondary schools in Cornwall to run solar artwork making workshops… these workshops have now been postponed to March 2021 due to Covid.

If you would be interested in inviting the Art and Energy team to run an event in your school or community group then please contact us!

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Art and Energy at Plymouth Energy Community’s AGM – 20th Nov

We have been really enjoying working with Plymouth Energy Community over the past year, running workshops, making artworks and creating plans for the future. So we are so happy to have been asked to talk about where creativity meets our energy revolution at their AGM.

  • 6:30 – 8:30
  • 20th Nov
  • Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth

Addressing the climate emergency and transitioning to a zero carbon energy system requires creative, novel solutions. Art and Energy CIC work to inspire and raise hopes through projects that make energy and imagine a better future. Be inspired as artists Chloe Uden and Naomi Wright give you an insight into the power of creativity, show examples of what’s possible and help you unleash your inner artist.

Combined with an update on PEC’s innovative and dynamic work to fight fuel poverty and carbon emissions, this is guaranteed to be a fantastic evening!

Book here


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What is Art and Energy? Come and find out at ESI Penryn

Artist Talk
There will also be a talk in the ESI Trevithick room on Friday 27th September from 4-5pm followed by a drinks reception 5-7pm.  This will be a great opportunity to meet artists Chloe Uden and Naomi Wright and finds out more about their working process and how they help people connect with energy through creativity.  During the talk, Art and Energy will share some of their learning and give a demonstration of the construction techniques. 

Places for the talk are limited so please ensure you book early:

Exhibition 5th September – 11th October 2019

Art and Energy artists Chloe Uden and Naomi Wright have been collaborating with post-doc researcher Katie Shanks over the past year to challenge the aesthetics of silicon solar PV in order to re-imagine solar panels as places for artworks of the future.  Art and Energy will celebrate the first year of this collaboration by exhibiting a number of Solar Panel Art works in the ESI Creative Exchange Space from September to October 2019.  The ESI Creative Exchange is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.

Research and collaboration
Naomi and Chloe would love to hear from anyone with ideas for further exploration such as:

– Creative participation and co-design, installations, conversations about nature and light (e.g. moths)
– The tiny scale world with big impacts such as about energy, photosynthesis and in nature.
– The duality in the solar artworks – absorbing energy to power something, a process, or translation, the technology.

If you would like to get in touch please contact them via email at and


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Inspire Talk at KWMC The Factory

12:30 – 13:00 Tuesday 3rd September

Please come along to KWMC’s The Factory and hear Chloe talk about Art and Energy and the invention of solar panel artworks.

The Factory is an innovation space for making, digital fabrication and product design in the heart of South Bristol.

Further Details:

Date: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Time: 12.30-1.30pm Please bring along your lunch

Venue: KWMC: The Factory, Unit 24, 1 Filwood Park Lane, Bristol, BS4 1ET

Directions: info: Google Maps: 

NOTE: Parking on-site is quite limited! Other local parking available at Hengrove Leisure Park, Hengrove Way, Bristol, BS14 0HR (charges may apply), about 5 minutes walk away.

RSVP: Please RSVP to so we can have an idea of numbers. 

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Dartington School of Social Entrepreneurs – Graduation day

Art and Energy is a collective of people that want to use their skills to respond to the climate emergency through art and craft. We want to open doors of hope and imagination.  

Through our work, we’ve re-imagined solar PV as an art material, we’ve made beautiful solar panel artworks for special places, and we’ve taught people new skills to help them connect with energy through craft.

Art and Energy CIC is what happens when artists decide to join the energy debate.

In our journey to make our work ‘work’, Chloe has been exploring a whole host of organisations that support the growth of social entrepreneurs.  One of which is Dartington School of Social Entrepreneurs.

DSSE has a range of programmes that help you take your idea and take the next steps in turning it into a reality.

“going along this journey with other people who are experiencing similar challenges in bringing their visions for a better future into reality is motivating, comforting and helpful. I want everyone to have the chance to live their dream…” Chloe Uden

Over the course of the year, we explored, business models, financial planning and management, legal and organisational structures, time management, action learning, stakeholder analysis, social impact strategies and a whole host of other stuff.

Each business is so different and all of them have been inspiring to see how they’ve evolved over the last 12 months.

With help from 1 to 1 coaching, as well as a mentor from Lloyds, it has been possible to evolve our plans quite fast.


Are you a creative thinking about how your work can have greater social or environmental impact?

Do you have an idea for a business that will make a difference, but don’t know where to start?

If so, then maybe you should come along to the Dartington SSE Graduation at Devonport Guildhall on Thursday the 17th October, where you’ll see 20 new start-ups from across the South West outlining how they took the plunge, and showing off their new services and products.

Chloe will be there with some of Art and Energy’s solar panel artworks.

“I really want to talk to people about their ideas for putting art and craft at the heart of how we create a better society and systems for our well-being and the health of the planet.” Chloe Uden

If you would like a free ticket to this event – Please contact Chloe

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Energy and communication at The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

It’s so exciting when you let things go and then they return!

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is a source of inspiration and knowledge for anyone who’s interested in humanity’s interest in harnessing elemental forces to help us do work.

We went on a trip to the museum right at the beginning of our Art and Energy journey to stimulate our thinking and make connections. But because we’ve been so busy, we let our thread of early connection drop.



However, today we’re feeling excited today because we’ve agreed to participate in a symposium about energy and communication on 24-25 July.

The knowledge exchange event will give us a chance to explore questions about communication and culture that feel relevant in our work and for our times and we look forward to demonstrating some of our artworks and sharing what we’ve learned so far about the importance of creativity and crafting to help people connect with energy systems.

AND we’ll get a chance to visit the museums exciting new exhibition about the sun! (It will be on display until Jan 2020 if you fancy a trip)

Text from the symposium organisers:

Energy is a topic that encompasses challenges and opportunities of tremendous scale and consequences. Environmental problems loom large in global discussions among energy experts and in public debate, with the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change facing the challenge of implementation and international policy alignment, especially with regards to the use of fossil fuels.

Changing the impact of our energy consumption through decarbonisation and a transition to renewable energy is crucial for overcoming the climate crisis, but achieving behavioural change is a highly complex and difficult process.

The energy landscape in the UK is undeniably changing. There has been a surge in renewable energy use, while an increasing proportion of the energy provision business is being decentralised.

Technological developments such as smart grids, smart meters and electric vehicles are transforming the ways energy users consume resources and understand the ramifications of their consumption habits. Yet, technology is just one among many factors that bring about an energy transition.

Change requires synchronised adjustments to energy supply and demand and the latter is dependent on modifying consumers’ behaviours, attitudes and beliefs.

As energy consumption incorporates practices that are shaped by knowledge and information available to users, communication plays a significant part in influencing social change. Communication is also crucial to enable energy users to make informed decisions on broader social and environmental concerns related to energy policy and provision at local, national and global scales. Improvements in energy related communication are vital in facilitating transition to a sustainable energy path

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Solar delights at RAMM Lates!

Chloe will be talking about Art and Energy at RAMM Lates in May!

Get your ticket soon as they book up really fast! 

Fri 10 May

Delight in an after-hours night of exploration and entertainment at RAMM Lates.

RAMM Pub Quiz – Exploring the senses 
Join quizmaster extraordinaire Cathy Peace and take part in our first ever interactive pub quiz. Test your knowledge whilst using your senses. Touch, smell, see, hear and taste your way along a sensory journey; identifying objects, investigating smells and naming tunes. Take part with friends or join in with brainy looking strangers. Spaces on the night will be allocated on a first come basis.

Life Model Drawing Lessons 
Come and join a relaxed drawing class whatever your drawing ability, Dan Whiteson will guide you through a fascinating workshop where you’ll be able to explore your mind’s eye through a dynamic series of exercises which will help you to draw from a life model. 

Dan Whiteson is a professional artist and drawing teacher and hosts classes across London and the UK. Working with venues such as The Wallace Collection, The Courtauld Institute, Sotheby’s & Village Underground, he has crafted his own unique approach to teaching drawing. Using an informal, relaxed approach Dan will deliver a fun and relaxing life drawing class.

Pre-Booking essential. You can only book onto one of these workshops if you have a ticket to Lates. You will not be permitted access if you don’t. Book now. 

Walk and Talk of Extreme Imagination: inside the mind’s eye
When you daydream, remember, or think of someone you know, do you see a picture in your mind? Is it extremely clear and vivid? Or foggy? If you had no image at all in your mind’s eye, would this affect your work if you were an artist? Join one of the Curators behind this exhibition as they walk you through some of the works of the 22 artists featured and talk to you about the project behind this exhibition. 

Delve further into the collection – Local Archaeology
Join Assistant Curator Tom Cadbury and Finds Liaison Officer Lucy Shipley to learn about some of the most exciting and important archaeological finds we have here in the museum. What should you do if you find something when out on a walk or digging the garden? How do you learn more about your find and get it added to Devon’s archaeological record?

Folk Band – Spin 2
Spin 2 perform beautiful songs and brilliant instrumentals written with flavours of folk, bossa, eastern, jazz. They are fronted by exciting fiddle player Ali Jones (ex Barely works) and Chris Rudd on bouzouki, guitar and voice with Jamie Jones Rudd (The Rushes) on mandolin, guitar and voice and a dynamic rhythm section of Gemma Allen on drums and Damien Scarr on double bass. You will hear a fantastic combination of instrumental virtuosity and soulful melodies from this talented and well-travelled band.

DJ John
Dr John’s experimental African Disco: the sound of diaspora.

Robin Fox – Magician
Be amazed by Magician Robin Fox. For Robin, magic is a way of life, an art and a philosophy. Robin lives in Devon, and as well as magic he is fascinated by the history of the Middle Ages and the Victorian era.

Clive Pig – Storyteller and Singer
Clive PiG is a globetrotting storyteller, poet and potato juggler. This travelling talesman has shared stories in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, sung songs on TV in New York City and spouted poetry at Number 10 Downing Street. Following recent storytelling shenanigans in Argentina, Oman & Uganda Clive is delighted to tell tales as part of RAMM Lates. Clive will tell three tales collected on recent globetrotting shenanigans.

• La Guitara. A tragic tale of love and loss from Argentina sung to the accompaniment of Clive’s painted guitar. 
• Father of Seven Sons, Mother of Seven Daughters. 
A soulful bedouin tale from the deserts of Arabia heard on a recent trip to Oman
• A Man of Iron.
A rhythmical Ugandan story about a wily blacksmith who saves his life by using his wits to trick the king.

University of Exeter – “What would it be like to stand on the surface of another planet?” – Virtual Reality Tour of planets outside our solar system
To celebrate the UNESCO International Day of Light 2019, researchers from the University of Exeter will be providing hands-on demonstrations of how light affects our daily lives. From explaining the colours we see in the sky, to writing with light, and seeing how nature manipulates light to produce colour, there will be plenty to see, interact with, and learn. Modern display technologies also harness light to allow us to answer questions like “What would it be like to stand on the surface of another planet?” Researchers have teamed up with a group of astrophysicists to create a scientifically accurate, virtual reality tour of six planets discovered outside our solar system. So strap on a VR headset, surf the giant waves of Kepler-62e, and gaze across the lava fields of 55 Cancri e.

Solar Panel Artist – Chloe Uden Art and Energy
Girl power and the art that can charge your mobile phone. Chloe Uden from Art and Energy is re-imagining solar photovoltaics as a material for making art so that people can have beautiful solar panels for special places. Most people think that energy is boring and solar panels are ugly but at RAMM Lates, you will be able to see some of the first examples of solar panel artwork that might change your mind about how the future could look. In this 10 minute chat, Chloe will tell you how she and some of her girlfriends made these early pieces at her kitchen table and how somehow, they can generate more power than a standard solar panel.

‘Are You Comfortable?’ – Sound piece: Katherine Stevens
Listen to this spoken-word interactive audio experience which asks audiences to interrogate the ways in which they self-identify. What makes you ‘YOU’? Is it how you stand? How you talk? Is it the clothes you wear? The way you think? Do other people know who you are? Who you really are? Guided by poetry and movement, ’Are You Comfortable?’ makes us look at ourselves differently. Through a series of meditations, exercises and cues, you can engage personally with the comfort and discomfort of yourself and those around you.

Taste bud explosion with Chococo
Explore flavour combinations of chocolate and see which makes your taste buds tingle.

Mosaic Mania
Create your own piece of mosaic art. Draw inspiration from our exhibition of Elaine M Goodwin’s art, or get messy and create a Roman-inspired ‘un-swept floor.’

Looking the Part 
A chance for you to access our costume collection and take some photos of your friends. 

Roman Handling Collection
Explore the archaeology of Roman Devon.

Games in the Shop
Try your hand at visual, memory and mosaic games in the RAMM Shop.

There will be a bar on the evening for you to purchase drinks from. If you return with your glass and re-use it on the night you will receive 10% off your next drink.

The RAMM Café will be serving food for you to enjoy. On the menu will be Mac n cheese, hot dogs, paninis and soup. Both vegetarian and vegan options of the dishes will be available. .

Over 18s only.

RAMM Lates are supported by the RAMM Development Trust