At this critical juncture in history, artists work to not only reflect and comment, but shape the way in which we deal with environmental and humanitarian crises. Over one week, leading international and Australian artists will plot, design, critique, share and mobilise around issues of environmental and social justice.

ART / POLITICS / ACTION is a series of artist-led events on the intersection between contemporary art and activism. The program consists of both public events and an Artist Intensive with a view to foster connectivity, critique and the creation of new collaborative works around urgent issues of our times.

Presenter-participants include UK-based artist and activist Mel Evans (Liberate Tate, ArtWash: Big Oil and the Arts), Central Australian filmmaker and activist Alex Kelly (Something Somewhere Film Festival, Queen of the Desert), Melbourne-based Quandamooka artist Megan Cope (proppaNOW, This is No Fantasy), Melbourne-based artist and researcher Amy Spiers (Miranda Must Go, Closed to the Public), Sydney-based artist Kelly Doley (Assembly for Alternative Futures, Barbara Cleveland) and Melbourne-based artist Gabrielle de Vietri (A Centre for Everything).

The Artist Intensive will see a core group of artists undertake workshops, discussions, case studies and shared meals, examining and collectivising around the various ways in which money, environment, culture and ethics collide. Artist Intensive workshops are open to practicing artists and arts workers from all fields with an interest in politically-engaged practice. 


Open to practicing artists and arts workers from all disciplines. Applications close midnight March 26 2017. 

The Artist Intensive will see a core group of artists undertake workshops, case studies, discussions and shared meals wit... more


Artwash: Big Oil & the Arts
Public Lecture by Mel Evans
6.30-8pm Friday 5 May 2017

Mel Evans is a London-based artist and activist, and part of Liberate Tate, an art collective exploring the role of creative... more

Forms of Resistance
Panel discussion with Alex Kelly, Megan Cope, Amy Spiers
Moderated by Gabrielle de Vietri
6-8pm Wednesday May 3 2017

From different forms of agitation - disruption, confrontation and subversion - to dialogical, cartographical and representa... more


Auslan interpretation available for public events upon prior request (minimum 2 weeks prior to event date).

ART / POLITICS / ACTION is supported by the City of Yarra and presented by A Centre for Everything and CLIMARTE as part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017, a festival of art exhibitions and events seeking to harness the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change