Moths to A Flame

by Plymouth Energy Community in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Moths to A Flame
We did it
On 14th December 2020 we successfully raised £45,189 ( + est. £1127.25 Gift Aid ) with 132 supporters in 41 days

Turning your calls for urgent action on the Climate Emergency into a magnificent mass-participation art installation at COP26, Glasgow 2021.

by Plymouth Energy Community in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

our stretch target will allow us to reach even more people in the South West, and spread our creative activities in response to the climate emergency across Devon - more hands-on sessions, more home packs and more online catch-ups!


Hello. Thank you for fluttering in.

What is Moths to a Flame?

It's a collaborative, mass participation art and energy project. We want to take your voice on the climate emergency to World Leaders gathering at COP 26 next year in Glasgow - the international climate conference. 

We are gathering together thousands of digital and hand made moths created by the people of Plymouth, and the wider South West, to travel to Glasgow to be displayed at the Botanic Gardens during the conference. The interactive installation will also feature the recordings of voices captured in Plymouth, talking about hopes and ideas for a better future.

What are we trying to do?

We want to raise £25,000 for a year of FREE creative climate action activities for residents and children! Did you know that a collection of moths is called a whisper? We want you to help us create a giant whisper that turns into a roar for change, by offering ways to get involved in a huge issue in a really positive way. 

To create, play and collaborate on making a more positive energy future, by learning what is possible and getting hands-on. 

What can I look forward to if you succeed?

  • The launch of a Spring / Summer #WatchMoths series to explore our relationship with nature from your living room!
  • Thousands of FREE moth-making packs handed out to help other Plymouth residents join the installation
  • The development of a FREE digital schools pack for every school in the city
  • A series of FREE Community solar art workshops to make 4 working panels to power the installation
  • A special Plymouth preview of the final installation and reception
  • An accessible, virtual alternative for those that can't come along - using artificial reality technology.

Your reward?

Apart from the pure joy of supporting a better energy future, you could:

  • Adopt a solar panel and become part of Plymouth's very own 'Solar System'!
  • Receive an original 'Moth' artwork or painting to adorn your wall
  • Be invited to our exclusive moth trapping night in Ernesettle
  • Snag a limited edition signed copy of Matt Harvey's beautiful 'Moths to a Flame' poem
  • Join us at the Plymouth preview of the art installation
  • Go all in, and come along for the ride to Glasgow!

...and much, much more.

Below: acrylic pin badge, etched moth lantern, unique Dawn Breaks solar artwork.


The story so far

We joined the Art and Energy Collective in 2018, and held events at the Fab Lab in Plymouth, the digital innovation and fab­ri­ca­tion lab­o­ra­to­ry. We've been looking at new solar technologies that are colourful and flexible and...well...EXCITING!

Who are the Art and Energy Collective?


The Art and Energy Collective is a group of makers, artists, engineers, ecologists, academics and energy bods who believe exploring energy and new technologies in a creative way is the best way of improving the system long term.  

Why Art and Energy?

We see people's confidence soar when they have the space to explore energy and our relationship with it creatively. We also see some pretty cool ideas developing. We think it's time to take action...and we want you to join in!


We learnt how to design with them. How to etch the panels. How to make plans to use them in everyday life. And the subject came alive!

Soon we were making collaborative community solar artworks - things of beauty that can provide clean, renewable power. 

So we expanded our horizons

We wanted to help more people in Plymouth explore our relationship with energy, this time using a theme. Along came Moths to a Flame


We held free workshops in community venues to explore the climate and made glow in the dark moths whose wings carry your thoughts on climate action.

We tested Speakpipe - a portal to capture and share people talking about the climate emergency and what it means to them.

We started to visit schools and make trips to Ernesettle's community solar array to explore renewables and nature in the open.


We published a children's book, The Moth's Whisper, to explore our relationship with nature and the effect energy has on it. And we held a trial Moths to a Flame art installation at Illuminate 2019.

...then the world changed. And so did we.

We've been trialling #WatchMoths a series of live, online moth trapping nights to bring people together to look at these beautiful, essential creatures and their relationship with our energy system. We loved them, and we think you will too so we want to do more!


We've developed an interactive colouring sheet with app Quiver - so you can bring your coloured in moth to life and fly it round the room. We will turn your clips into a huge digital artwork for Glasgow.

We're planning community made solar artworks to power the installation at COP 26 - another way for you to be there! 


And we'll provide accessible tools so you can join in at home or in person - with moth packs, online tutorials and in-person solar art workshops

Whatever the future brings, we'll grab this opportunity to take the voice of Plymouth to those with the power to make the changes we need. 

Please pledge now and join our 'whisper' for change.


Thank you.




This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£30 or more

Adopt a solar panel

Just in time for Christmas, show you care about the climate emergency by becoming part of Plymouth's very own Solar System! You'll adopt a solar panel at the community owned array in Ernesettle. You’ll receive a certificate by post and by email and help to take Plymouth’s message for climate action to World Leaders at COP 26.

£5 or more

0 of 500 claimed

Thank you postcard

A thank you postcard from all at Moths to a Flame

£10 or more

11 of 50 claimed

Recycled acrylic Moth pin badge

Show your support Moths to a Flame with your very own hand-made, recycled acrylic pin badge.

£15 or more

14 of 1000 claimed

Illustrated children's book

Follow Marny the moth's story and explore our relationship with energy. The book includes an augmented reality colouring sheet and instructions so you can make a digital moth too for the installation.

£20 or more

18 of 500 claimed

Moth home craft pack

Everything you need to make your very own glow in the dark moth to join the installation for COP 26.

£30 or more

8 of 100 claimed

Etched glass Moth coaster

A glass coaster etched with a beautiful moth design.

£35 or more

2 of 40 claimed

Moth catching night

One place at Plymouth Energy Community's private moth catching night, with expert and at the Ernesettle solar array in spring /summer 2021! Friday evening with Saturday morning reveal.

£45 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Original cyanotype Moth artwork by Naomi Wright

Created using the sun, an original artwork by artist Naomi Wright. Size: A5

£55 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Signed Matt Harvey 'Moths to a Flame' poem

A limited edition, signed original poem 'Moths to a Flame' by Matt Harvey. Printed on vellum.

£60 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Make your mark, add to a solar artwork at COP26

Paint your moth design on glass to be used in a collaborative solar artwork that will power the installation. With supporting zoom workshop.

£70 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Original oak gall Moth painting by Chloe Uden

An original moth painting by artist Chloe Uden. The ink in the image is made from natural oak galls collected by the artist. Size: A5

£80 or more

1 of 100 claimed

2 tickets to the preview night of Moths to a Flame

Join PEC and the Art and Energy Collective in Plymouth October 2021, for a preview night of Moths to a Flame. Includes canapes and drinks.

£100 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Etched glass Moth lantern

A limited edition hand made, etched glass moth lantern for your home.

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

EARLY BIRD RATE - Sponsor a school class Moth Day

EARLY BIRD RATE - Sponsor a school class to hold a Moth Day in 2021. We’ll provide crafting activities, the loan of a flat-pack moth trap and even a zoom call with ‘moth-ers’.

£200 or more

4 of 15 claimed

Solar art workshop - make and take home your piece

Join the solar art pioneers and learn how to make a working solar artwork that illuminates at night. Workshops will take place in spring 2021. We will email a voucher to be redeemed once the dates are announced. Take your finished renewable masterpiece home!

£250 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Sponsor a school class Moth Day

Sponsor a school class to hold a Moth Day in 2021. We’ll provide crafting activities, the loan of a flat-pack moth trap and even a zoom call with ‘moth-ers’.

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Own an exclusive 'Dawn Breaks' solar artwork

Be one of a select few to own an exclusive original ‘Dawn Breaks’ solar artwork, by renewable art pioneer Chloe Uden.

£5,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Join Moths to a Flame in Glasgow for COP26

A pair of tickets to join us as guests of honour at an exclusive, champagne launch of Moths to a Flame in Glasgow, November 2021, for COP26.

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