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Perspectives of artist-practitioners on the communication of climate change in the Pacific

Capstick, Stuart ORCID:, Hemstock, Sarah and Senikula, Ruci 2018. Perspectives of artist-practitioners on the communication of climate change in the Pacific. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 10 (2) , pp. 323-339. 10.1108/IJCCSM-03-2017-0058

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Purpose The study investigates the role of the visual arts for communicating climate change in a Pacific islands context, through the perspectives of artists and climate change practitioners. Methodology As part of an ‘Eco Arts’ project undertaken in Fiji, semi-structured research interviews were undertaken with artists and climate change practitioners. Findings Participants’ motivations to produce art reflected their personal concerns about, and experiences of, climate change. There was an intention to use arts-based approaches to raise awareness and promote action on climate change. The artwork produced drew on metaphors and story-telling to convey future climate impacts, and aspects of climate change relevant to Fijian and Pacific communities. Research limitations The study reports the perspectives of participants and discusses the potential uses of arts communication. Conclusions cannot be drawn from the findings regarding the effectiveness of specific artwork or of arts communication as a general approach. Originality/value The present study identifies the motivations and objectives of artist-practitioners involved in climate change communication. We highlight the role of personal experience, and their use of artistic concepts and creative considerations pertinent to the geography and culture of the Pacific region.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1756-8692
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 2 October 2017
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 09:30

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