What if Climate Change was Purple? Call for Applications from Artists & Scientists.

02 09 2019 | 07:44


Ever wondered if you could feel and not just know about climate change and the science behind it, that you would be deeply moved to do more about it? We did too.

What if Climate Change was Purple? is an exciting collaborative project that brings together a diverse group of artists & scientists into an environment that allows them to share their knowledge and to research ideas to create powerful new art works that inspire climate action.

Running from August 2019 to May 2021, the project is delivered with support from both Victoria University of Wellington professor James Renwick, using part of the money he received as recipient of the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize 2018, and the University.

Our hope is that by bringing a selection of artists & scientists together all, or some, of them will come out of an initial workshop in November 2019 with project ideas for climate-related art works they continue to develop and execute over a series of stages, building towards a public showing of work-in-development in 2021.

The science tells us that every tenth of a degree of warming adds to the risks that undermine our way of life. To halt the warming at no more than 1.5°C we must halve global emissions of carbon dioxide by 2030, and get to zero by 2050.

But we can come together to make a difference and create a better world by drawing on all kinds of skills and knowledge, artistic, scientific, mātauranga Māori and that founded in culture and personal experience.

What if Climate Change was Purple? aims to inspire New Zealanders to find imaginative solutions and change behaviour now to help the world limit climate warming to 1.5C degrees. Acting together – we can make a big difference.

Key dates

  • Open call for applications launch: Wednesday, 28th August 2019
  • Call for applications close: Friday, 4th October 2019, at 5pm
  • Selection notification: Monday, 21st October 2019
  • What if Climate Change was Purple? Workshop: Thurs 28th November 9.30am – 5.00pm and Friday 29th November 2019 9.00am – 1.00pm, hosted at Victoria University of Wellington
  • In-house showing of art works in early development: mid-2020
  • Public showing of art works in development: early 2021


Application form




    28 August 2019