Wednesday 23rd February


Collaborate with the WildArt Garden: environmental collage workshop

3-5pm - Queen Margaret Union

Come and join a session of making collage art works in paper and paint with surface textures, patterns and shapes that we'll harvest directly from the University of Glasgow’s Wildlife Garden.

Meet outside the main entrance of the Queen Margaret Union at 3pm. Please dress warmly and come prepared for the weather.

Grab your free tickets here.

Ecopoetics and Postcapitalist Desire: poetry workshop with Maria Sledmere

5-7pm - Queen Margaret Union

In his 2012 essay, ‘Post-Capitalist Desire’ Mark Fisher recalls protestors at the Occupy London Stock Exchange critiqued in the press for having iPhones and buying Starbucks coffee. In many mainstream framings of environmental activism, to be ecological is to be solemnly ‘pure’ and somehow entirely free of the taint of consumerism’s impulse. How do questions of energy, desire and expression come into artistic and activist responses to climate crisis? Can we complicate the binary of ascetism and pleasure when it comes to ecology? This workshop asks: what does it mean to be ecological in and beyond capitalist society? Looking at various works of contemporary poetry, we will locate ecological thought within complex expressions of excess, hedonism and despair; works which intersect ecology with queer joy and critiques of racialised capital; works which negotiate ecological politics and ethics within everyday life and its games of recognition.

After a short introduction to ecopoetics, we’ll read some poems (distributed as pdf handouts), explore writing activities and have discussion.

Open to anyone interested in reading and writing poetry.

Location: this workshop will take place in Committee Room 1 of the QMU. Enter through the front door of the building and take the stairs or the lift ahead to the third floor. A member of staff will be present to direct you to the workshop.

Please bring your own preferred writing materials.

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Creating Our Planet Short Film Screening

7-9pm - Boyd Orr Building

Join us for an evening of short film screenings created and curated by the Glasgow School of Art on this year's Glasgow Goes Green theme of Creating Our Planet. After watching the films there will be an opportunity to meet the creators and take part in a Q&A with them and invited panellists.

Location: This event will take place on the University of Glasgow campus in the Boyd Orr Building, Room 407. Members of staff will be present at the main entrance to direct you to the event.

Grab your free tickets here.