Harnessing the power of the arts to raise awareness of environmental issues to promote positive action for change, encourage more sustainable lifestyles and imagine a better future.
Since 2016 Head4Arts has embraced WWF’s global Earth Hour movement as an opportunity for raising awareness of climate change, via a programme of linked family-friendly events across the region. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed! Our Earth Hour events have been commended as “best practice” by the Future Generations Commission and WWF regards this as a flagship community festival that makes this region the most “Earth Hour aware” in Wales.
Bringing together artists, biodiversity officers, countryside rangers, schools, volunteers and a whole host of other partners in venues across four counties – our Earth Hour celebrations aim to deliver fun ways of encouraging people to commit to taking positive actions that will make a real difference to climate change.
Planet pledges are integrated into the artwork: promises captured in film, messages illuminated by our Earth Hour lanterns, inscribed on the wings of our flock of 1500 origami cranes (made from recycled paper, of course) – or even written on stone to remind us of the importance of making small changes to our lifestyles to combat global warming. Year on year, we use this event to connect people with simple ideas to support more sustainable lifestyles.
Our day-long festival culminates in a magical lantern-lit event in Parc Penallta, to marvel at the wonderful illuminated animal sculptures, created by regular Caerphilly partner artist/ranger Ben Sands. Each year, Head4Arts adds another free resource to increase awareness of the impact of climate change – such as our “Warming Seas” screensaver and our “Planet Passport” virtual journey using augmented reality to draw attention to different species under threat.
Join us next year, as a participant or as a partner, and assist us in demonstrating how the arts can help save the planet!
ShipShape is a Learning Tool / Workshop Experience devised by Head4Arts in collaboration with Denmark’s Hawila Project, our Tandem Europe programme partner and first trialled in 2017.
Targeted at young people aged 8-14, ShipShape takes participants around the world, following the journeys of two ships – one, an early 19th century sailing vessel and the other, a modern-day huge container ship. Along the way they encounter challenges and dangerous situations that they have to deal with – and difficult decisions they have to make. Did you know that 95% of the world’s trade is delivered by large container ships?
This workshop combines storytelling, augmented reality, improvisation, role-playing, experiments and problem-solving with the aim of raising awareness of the impact of moving goods around the world by sea, covering global educational and sustainability, history, marine life and much more.
In 2018/19, “ShipShape: Voyage of Discovery” used the ShipShape experience to inspire five Caerphilly Primary School classes to create their own learning tools. This Creative Collaborations project with Year 5 classes from Aberbargoed, Derwendeg, Fochriw, Hendre and Ysgol Caerffili was one of the two Head4Arts projects showcased in the National Creative Learning Exhibition (“Let’s Celebrate”) in Cardiff in April 2019.