Exhibition of Artworks from António Arroio Art School at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) at the 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA)

The exhibition Art for Change is the result of a collaboration between the Secondary Art School Antonio Arroio in Lisbon and project Art For Adaptation. Around 60 students from grade 11 and 12 engaged with the topic of climate change through transformative learning approaches, by approaching change as an experiment and through climate fiction. Their artworks reflect newly gained insights and critical thinking about the subject. Produced by a group of 20 students, this exhibition integrates posters produced with silk print and stencil techniques, and objects.

Art For Adaptation the postdoc project of Julia Bentz, aims to empower people to explore new climate narratives through art and transformative learning and reflect on the implications of individual and collective change towards more sustainable forms of living.

Julia Bentz

Project Coordinator Art ForChange/ Art for Adaptation

The history of Escola Artística António Arroio goes back to 1919, the year when Escola de Arte Aplicada de Lisboa was founded. In the 100 years of its existence, it has become an essential reference in visual and audiovisual public arts education at secondary level. The school is proud of having had many students that are now renowned people in the world of architecture, design and arts, among other fields.

This exhibition gathers artworks from grade 11 of the Communication Design Course and grade 12 of the Artistic Production Course of specialisation in Scenic Arts. Another 12th grade class was in charge of the production, mobilizing learning and skills in the subject of Arts Management.

Based on a transdisciplinary process, the exhibition reflects an individual and collective spirit of young people and their concerns about the present and the future as well as experiences with the topic of climate change. It further highlights the importance of biodiversity to the future of humanity in which, as a concept and a reality, is inseparable from Planet Earth itself.

Hélder Castro

Arts Management Teacher