‘Creative engine room’ launches to respond to environmental challenges


A new ‘creative engine room’ to generate art that responds to urgent environmental challenges, including climate change, has been launched in Brighton.

The System Change HIVE, hosted by the University of Brighton’s School of Media, brings together emerging artists from the Sussex area and university arts and media students, with experts in sustainable development, post-growth economics and climate communication.

As part of the project, some of the participants will be supported to use Virtual Reality software at FuseBox, via the participation of Wired Sussex in the project. The artworks from the System Change HIVE will be shown in a touring exhibition starting in 2019.

The project has been awarded an arts grant from the Arts Council of England (ACE), and will be co-led by interdisciplinary arts organisation Swarm Dynamics, researchers from the ESRC STEPS Centre at SPRU (University of Sussex) and the Institute of Development Studies, and the University of Brighton’s School of Media and the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics and a part of Connected Futures Immersive Media theme.

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