An inclusive residency for people passionate about co-designing creative actions for environmental justice.
The Eroles Project
We are a group of around 50 artists, activists, climate scientists, growers, theatre directors, sustainability consultants, social entrepreneurs, project designers, ecologists, ethnographers & performers from over 13 countries on 4 continents, united by a desire to create actions and artworks calling for climate justice.
We will meet this summer to collaborate for the first time, at The Eroles Project in Catalunya, Spain.
Our focus is to co-create work to be exhibited / performed / installed at key public forums during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris this December (COP21) with an aim to bring a different voice to the forefront of the climate conversation.
We share the belief that creative actions can impact people on a personal level, raising awareness, evoking questions and creating dialogues. We imagine our work will be beautiful, challenging and provocative; a mixture of socially engaged participatory arts, storytelling, art installations throughout Paris, social sculpture, VJing & projecting onto buildings, immersive street theatre and large scale singing.
We will also facilitate creative thinking & creative practice workshops before and beyond the COP21, sharing our learnings with a wide variety of social and environmental movements.
Why are we crowdfunding?
We are happily giving our time for free to set up this residency. We will pay for our own travel to and from Eroles and a small fee per week towards running costs. However this fee does not cover the true cost of the project. So we need your support. A pledge from you will make all the difference.
We need funding for:
Three months of local and ecological food from a brilliant catalan food co-operative.
Art materials to use during the residency
Wifi so we can connect with the online world
And to make the house more eco we want to source and fit:
A permanent water tank to collect rainwater to reduce our water consumption.
New parts for the existing solar panels so that we can convert to solar energy!
The £6000.00 raised by this campaign, combined with our collective weekly contributions, will cover the residency’s full cost.
We hope to leave the residency with a sense of energy, agency and inspiration to continue to create positive change back home in our own communities. The next level of impact will be during the COP21 in Paris.
To give you an idea, one of our planned actions is to collect and publish hundreds of people’s opinions, concerns and hopes of the future. This action aims to share more publicly the multifaceted responses to the climate conversation.
Looking beyond COP21, there is the possibility of continued positive impact through a permanent collaborative centre(!) If The Eroles Project is a success, we will start setting up structures here, or in another location, where people can continue to meet, learn and discover, whilst producing concrete and meaningful actions.
Our ultimate aim is to contribute to the well-being of all species and to the design of systems which respect planetary boundaries.
By supporting us you’ll become part of a creative force for change.
Depending on the amount pledged, we can offer participatory art workshops (available in UK, Spain, Sweden, Holland), a tree planted in the garden in your name, a signed copy of The Eroles Project Handbook or a virtual visit to Eroles. We will keep you updated on the project’s development, and mention you on our wall of gratitude on our website!
But what will you actually DO at Eroles?
We will have set meal and communal work times, either in the house, kitchen, gardens or in the local hamlet. The rest of the time will be dedicated to exploring different themes relevant for creating actions at the COP21. As it is a collaborative residency, we will co-create the week’s content, offering workshops to one another, collaborating around smaller projects and sharing skills. Some weeks have guiding themes such as: Art, Sound & Activism - Voice - Participatory Arts for Social Change - Systemic Approaches to Action - Theatre and Presencing. Other weeks are left emergent.
The core collaborators are an international team of festival organisers, international sustainability consultants, climate march coordinators, theatre producers and Community Supported Agriculture experts.
We are associated with:
Schumacher College (UK)
Eco Dharma (Spain)
Encounters Arts (UK)
Earth Charter (worldwide)
Battersea Arts Centre (UK)
Fundación Tomillo (Spain)
Centre for Social Sustainability (Sweden)
Jungle House (Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Durban & worldwide)
Please get in touch if you want to get to know us more, join us or have further questions.