Outer Hebrides Climate Beacons

The Design for Planet Festival

Rosie Blake, Lecturer in Art, will be presenting at the Design for Planet Festival at the V&A Museum in Dundee on November 9th, representing the Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon. The festival is galvanising and supporting the UK’s 1.69 million-strong design community to address the climate emergency.

Rosie runs the BA (Hons) Fine Art course and lectures on the Art and Environment MA module (Orkney College UHI). She has also been involved in the Climate Adaptation workshops, and is working alongside the Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon to develop events which address climate change with community knowledge sharing.

“An awareness of environmental issues is central to our courses. All of the students on the North Uist campus respond to the unique natural surroundings, and with this comes an acute awareness of how fragile our islands are. The powerful light installation by Finish artists Pekka Nittyvirta and Timo Aho surrounds the college studios, slicing halfway up the window, at the predicted sea level in 100 years. This is a daily reminder of the crisis of sea level rise. We see these issues being communicated through all of the students’ work in a myriad of ways.”

The Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon is a partnership between An Lanntair arts centre, Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre, Ceòlas, Community Energy Scotland, Western Isles Libraries, TSI Western Isles, NatureScot, Adaptation Scotland, the college and the wider Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership Climate Change Working Group. The Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon is focusing on how the islands can adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change while celebrating their unique natural and cultural heritage.

The Design for Planet Festival will be accessible online and runs from November 9th-10th 2021. Find out more at https://www.designforplanet.org

Photo: Pekka Niittyvirta