An ‘in-conversation’ event with the artists Walker & Bromwich as part of the Encampment of Eternal Hope
What is a pilgrimage, today?
Having recently walked from Dunbar to Glasgow as part of the Pilgrimage for COP26, Jonathan will share experiences from the journey and reflect on the changing nature of pilgrimage today – from religious to political and artistic forms of pilgrimage. What do these forms of pilgrimage have in common? How do they relate to COP26? And what can they teach us about the resilience required as we respond to climate and ecological crisis?
About The Encampment of Eternal Hope:
Climate House presents The Encampment of Eternal Hope by Walker & Bromwich – coming to The Briggait, Glasgow, for the international climate summit, COP26, 31st October – 10th November. The Encampment is an immersive environment, forming a central hub for creative fringe activities throughout COP26. Amplifying Indigenous voices through workshops and events that bring together artists, academics and activists from Scotland, Colombia and across the world. You are warmly invited to come and engage in meaningful dialogue about the effects of the climate crisis within a playful, dystopian woodland encampment of giant inflatable sculptures.
The Encampment of Eternal Hope is open daily from Sunday 31st October – Wednesday 10th November, 10.30 am – 5.30 pm
Jonathan Baxter is an artist, curator and peer-educator. Since 2009 Jonathan’s focus has been on delivering participatory art projects and peer-learning programmes. These include Dundee Artists in Residence (2009-12), Dundee Urban Orchard (2013-17), On Site Projects, Dundee (2013-18), Arts and Communities Programme, Aberdeen (2016-17), Murmur: Artists Reflect on Climate Change, Ullapool (2017), and Future Fruit, Huntly (2019-20). Since 2012 Jonathan has worked under the auspices of A+E, a conceptual framework that braids the terms accident and emergency, art and ecology, art and education. Current projects include an embedded artist residency at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh (2020-2030) – the seedbed of inspiration for the Pilgrimage for COP26 – and a Craigmillar and Communities Walking Residency with Art Walk Projects, Edinburgh (2021-ongoing). In addition to the above, Jonathan maintains a studio practice with a focus on object relations, mark-making and performance. He supports various aspects of Extinction Rebellion’s arts coordination and has a research interest in the philosophy of Gillian Rose.
Walker & Bromwich:
Glasgow based collaborative duo Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich are known for their large- scale iconic sculptural works, participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds. At the core of their practice is the exploration of the role art can play as an active agent in society, evolving environments and situations within which people can begin to re-examine the world around them.
Project supported by:
Climate House, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and SEFARI Gateway
Image credit: Sarah Gittins and Jonathan Baxter