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Art in Real Life: Addressing the Sustainability Challenge

​Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing Ice Watch Bankside, outside Tate Modern, 2018 © 2019 Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing

Join Olafur Eliasson for a conversation on the potential of art to inspire change

Join artist Olafur Eliasson alongside key voices from across the social and political sphere for a conversation exploring the potential of artists and art institutions to address global sustainability challenges and inspire change.

The first in a series of events, it takes place during London's Climate Action Week, and ahead of the opening of the major Tate Modern exhibition of Eliasson's work.

Eliasson will be joined in conversation by Malini Mehra, Indian climate campaigner and Commissioner to the Mayor of London, Clare Farrell, designer and activist and Mary Robinson, Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice, Trinity College Dublin. The discussion will be introduced by Tate Modern's Director, Frances Morris.

In Partnership with London Climate Action Week.


Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson grew up in Iceland and Denmark. In 1995, he founded Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, which today comprises more than one hundred team members, including craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, programmers, art historians and specialised technicians. Since the mid-1990s, Eliasson has realised numerous major exhibitions and projects around the world.

​Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson is Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of The Elders. She served as President of Ireland from 1990–1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997–2002. She is a member of the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama.

Clare Farrell

Clare Farrell trained as a fashion designer and is dedicated to creative approaches to social and environmental issues. As a cofounding arts coordinator with Extinction Rebellion, Clare has been on hunger strike, been arrested, occupied buildings and blocked roads whilst also acting as a spokesperson.

Malini Mehra

Malini Mehra is a commissioner to the Mayor on sustainable development and a UN adviser. A political scientist and gender specialist by training, she has three decades of experience on sustainability in multiple sectors. From leading campaigns at Beijing, Seattle, Copenhagen and Paris, to founding an award-winning Indian climate NGO, she has co-written the UN's Human Development Reports and advised the Secretary-General on UN reform. While in the UK government, she was the architect of the UK's sustainability partnerships with emerging markets and has advised CEOs of companies including Unilever & BHP Billiton. A keen swimmer, she founded the Teach A Girl To Swim campaign to highlight the hidden global epidemic of drowning and connect it with the climate crisis and girls' empowerment.

Tate Modern

Turbine Hall

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

8 July 2019 at 19.30–21.00

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