Perspectives of artist-practitioners on the communication of climate change in the Pacific

Hemstock, S.L., Capstick, S. and Senikula, R. (2017) Perspectives of artist-practitioners on the communication of climate change in the Pacific. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. ISSN 1756-8692

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Purpose The study investigates the role of the visual arts for communicating climate change in a Pacific islands context, through the perspectives of artists and climate change practitioners. Methodology As part of an ‘Eco Arts’ project undertaken in Fiji, semi-structured research interviews were undertaken with artists and climate change practitioners. Findings Participants’ motivations to produce art reflected their personal concerns about, and experiences of, climate change. There was an intention to use arts-based approaches to raise awareness and promote action on climate change. The artwork produced drew on metaphors and story-telling to convey future climate impacts, and aspects of climate change relevant to Fijian and Pacific communities. Research limitations The study reports the perspectives of participants and discusses the potential uses of arts communication. Conclusions cannot be drawn from the findings regarding the effectiveness of specific artwork or of arts communication as a general approach. Originality/value The present study identifies the motivations and objectives of artistpractitioners involved in climate change communication. We highlight the role of personal experience, and their use of artistic concepts and creative considerations pertinent to the geography and culture of the Pacific region.

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Additional Information: © Stuart Capstick, Sarah Hemstock and Ruci Senikula. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial & non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Sarah Hemstock
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 09:32
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20

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