You may already know that COP26 is taking place this year in November in Glasgow (UN Conference on Climate Change). We feel like this is a big deal so do our friends at Plymouth Energy Community (PEC). Between us, we’ve started to help lots of people feel connected and involved.
So, in collaboration with PEC The Art and Energy Collective is planning to invite people to join us in building an artwork called ‘Moths to a Flame’ which will be installed at The Kibble Palace at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens during the conference.
Throughout 2020, thousands of participants will make a glow in the dark moth and record a message for COP26 which will form part of an immersive visual and sound experience in the palace.
The installation will be powered by some extra special solar artworks.
The piece will return to the South West for Plymouth’s Illuminate Festival.
Ways to get involved with Moths to a Flame
We’re planning a whole lot of engagement events to give people the opportunity to join in and feel connected to this exciting event for our future. We will announce these on our facebook pages and our website soon.
- inviting people to make moths and record their message for COP 26
- running moth nights to find out more about moths in our region
- sending out moths for people who are unable to come to our events to make and send back
- preparing moth making packs for groups to run their own events and make on their own
- running workshops in schools
- delivering drop in sessions at other people’s events
Drop in sessions allow people to spend upwards of 5 minutes in a simple and enjoyable act of creative hope. They are suitable for small children and adults alike.
Dates for events will be included on our website when we officially launch this project.
If you’d like to host a workshop or drop in session please get in touch!
we’re looking for volunteers to join The Art and Energy Collective
We’re right at the beginning of this exciting project that will take place across the year, culminating in the exhibition in November
In order to make a real impact with this project, we’ll need lots of help to make it all happen.
We’re looking for:
- Someone who likes organising events to help us set up and deliver our participation sessions
- Someone who enjoys working with wood to help us make the solar panel artworks for the exhibition
- People who like crafting and would be able to help us prepare our moths
- People who like moths and are interested in moth identification
- Someone who has an eye for beautiful design to help us get the online artwork right
- Someone who’s interested in solar power and energy storage to help us connect our solar artworks with the moth/audio installation
- Someone who understands sound installations and would be willing to work with us to get our voices heard
- People who can help us tell the story of the participants involved in this project and make a noise so that COP26 delegates know about the project
Our collective is based in Plymouth and Exeter, so ideally you would be based nearby.
Are you one of these people? If so, please do get in touch with us! (Ideally as soon as possible!)
We’re looking for funders to support Moths to a Flame
We need to raise around £40k over the next few months to make the project happen.
This will pay for:
- Materials to build the installation of moths
- Materials to build the solar artworks and the storage units
- Kit to make the sound installation work
- Exhibition costs in Glasgow and at Illuminate Festival in Plymouth
- Workshops in schools and other community events
We’re very grateful to LaserCutz who have given their time to cut the moths.
Exeter Community Energy are backing us to build one of the solar artworks with a group of volunteers who’d like to be involved with the project.
So we’re looking for sponsors, and launching a crowdfunder in March to help make the project happen.