Ancient Knowledge and Modern Thinking: Climate Perspectives in Folk Art

How can art and science come together to inform the future of climate action? How can we utilise learnings from Indigenous communities to inspire nature-based solutions?

In a fascinating event, Indigenous artists and experts from The Open University and Glasgow Life will explore the connections between culture, citizens, and climate by examining three works of art from Glasgow Museums’ World Cultures collection.

Indigenous artists will discuss the meaning behind these artworks in a series of three short films, which bring to life some of the cultural and creative practices in India, Ecuador and the Arctic. The in-person academic panel will examine the local climate adaptation actions championed by communities in these locations and invite participants to consider how the resilience they show can inspire a more sustainable way of life.

In a unique session which intersects the worlds of culture, science and technology, attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with experts and to understand the bold actions we can all take locally to support global climate adaptation.

Leading researchers will share the technological innovations which citizens can use to record and protect local nature and explain how everyone can be empowered to play their role in combatting the climate emergency.


Dr Heather Reid, Meteorologist and Science Education Consultant

Our contributors:

Advaith Siddharthan, Professor of Computer Science and Society, The Open University

Duncan Dornan, Head of Museums and Collections at Glasgow Life

Janice Ansine, Senior Project Manager Citizen Science, The Open University

Mark Brandon MBE, Professor in Polar Oceanography, The Open University

Susan Stewart, Director of The Open University in Scotland

Featuring film contributions from:

Gustavo Toaquiza Ugsha, Kichwa artist, Ecuador

Dr Carol Brown-Leonardi, Associate Lecturer and (Hon) Researcher, Faulty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University

Patricia Allan, Curator of World Cultures at Glasgow Museums, Glasgow Life

Rajesh Chaitya Vangad, Warli artist, India