inspired by michael pinsky’s pollution pods
Performance: Single Event
Join us for a lively panel discussion around climate change, pollution and air quality. Bring your ideas, questions and opinions.

Saturday 26 October 2019

6.00pm (for a prompt 6.30pm start) – 8.00pm

Lighthouse Poole, Kingland Road, BH15 1UG

(The event is followed by an informal networking event, should you wish)


Artist Michael Pinsky tours Pollution Pods

The discussion will be in response to Pollution Pods, an installation on Brownsea Island by artist Michael Pinsky.

Panel speakers include:

  • Michael Pinsky, Artist and Pollution Pods creator
  • Molly Scott-Cato, Green Party MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar.
  • Ruth Andrade, Regenerative Impact & Charitable Giving at LUSH.
  • Chaired by Alice Stevens, founder of Arts University Bournemouth Human.

Chair, Alice Stevens is founder of Arts University Bournemouth Human – a space where creative practitioners who share a desire to bring about positive change for global good can connect.

Michael Pinsky is a British artist whose international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. He has undertaken many residencies that explore issues which shape and influence the use of our public realm. Taking the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher, and resident, he starts residencies and commissions without a specified agenda, working with local people and resources, allowing the physical, social and political environment to define his working methodology.

His work has been shown at: TATE Britain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu; Saatchi Gallery; Victoria and Albert Museum; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; La Villette, Paris; BALTIC, Gateshead; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Modern Art Oxford, Milton Keynes Gallery, Cornerhouse, Manchester; Liverpool Biennial, Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours; Armory Center of the Arts, Los Angeles and the Rotterdam International Architectural Biennial. His most recent solo exhibition was at Somerset House, London.

Molly Scott-Cato is an economist and writer who has campaigned for green politics all her adult life. She grew up in Bath and has spent most of her life in the West Country. She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth. Before being elected to the European Parliament, Molly joined the Green Party in 1988 and led the Green Group on Stroud District Council and was Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee. She worked as Professor of Economics at Roehampton University in London.

Aside from her work as an economist Molly’s areas of special interest include land ownership and food production; renewable energy, especially when it is owned by local communities; co-operatives and self-managed firms; and issues concerned with peace and opposing nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

Ruth Andrade – Regenerative Impact & Charitable Giving at Lush formally, Head of Environment at Lush, working presently with three aims: lead brand strategy on regenerative impact, support organisational development based on living systems and help evolve our charitable giving strategies. Ruth is passionate about how to transform business into a force of regeneration and to leverage the power of a global brand to do good.

Ruth has a masters in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. She is a co-founder and trustee of the Re-alliance, a coalition to bring regenerative solutions to disaster, displacement and development. She has also co-founded Sociocracy Brazil and Regenera, two networks of consultants and practitioners of next-stage organisational governance
Discover the themes that Michael Pinsky considered in the creation of Pollution Pods.

Hear discussion around the ideas debated at the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York. (Greta Thunberg toured Pollution Pods during the UN Summit.)

Share your own thoughts on pollution and climate change.

A fantastic opportunity to discuss global issues at a local level.

You will be encouraged to talk about what the future world might look like and how, if we act now, we can all have a positive impact. Climate change, pollution, air quality. Bring your ideas, questions and opinions to share.

The panel discussion will be followed by an extra networking event hosted by Environmental Arts Practise Research Collective all attendees are welcome to stay for this optional extra only if desired.

There is also an option ONLY to attend the post-talk networking event. If you wish to attend the networking event only, you DO NOT need to register on Eventbrite for a ticket. The networking event (8.15pm – 9.15pm) is a drop in with no limited seats however, please arrive after 8pm and be aware the panel event may overrun slightly, leading to a later start.

Post discussion Networking Event – 8.15pm to 9.15pm (approx)

Hosted by EAP research collective, this network event is for those who work with and in the environment and are interested in nurturing creative ideas and interventions as a force of positive change. Come and share your thoughts and ideas and meet like-minded people to talk about our natural environment and challenges it is facing. We are interested in exploring how, through art, design and performance we can encourage dialogue, alter attitudes and endeavour to play a role in looking after our precious planet. There will be a space to display visuals of your work and tell us about your projects as well as share contact details if you wish to do so.

About: Environmental Arts Practice Research Collective grew out of discussions and shared practice from a group of like-minded people. We are a collective of arts practitioners, academics and environmentalists who have come together to talk, collaborate and share thoughts about our environment. We are interested in what is happening to it, how we observe it and inhabit it and how through art, design and performance we can change attitudes and play a role in looking after it.

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole – Function Room 2 (there will be directional signs in the Lighthouse foyer).

Lighthouse Cafe and Bar will be open for refreshments, however please note there is a concert on that evening and the facilities will be busy.

Access: There is a lift access to the Function Room on the first floor.

About the artist:
Presented by Inside Out Dorset, Activate Performing Arts, AUB Human, Lighthouse Poole