Artopia by Oxfam

Monday, 2 August 2010

Human rights charity Oxfam is challenging Londoners to envision "a future free from climate chaos" by creating their own personal utopia over the next three days, at an event in Bethnal Green, East London.
Oxfam campaigners and volunteers will run workshops each day and provide plasticine, paint and other craft materials for participants to create their artistic utopias from. The final artopias will be on display in a nearby public space after the event has finished.

Oxfam campaigner for East London, Lisa Rutherford, explained the aim of the event: "The effects of global climate change are already having a devastating impact on people’s lives and it is the world’s poorest that are worst affected. But a climate chaos free future is possible. Art has often been about pointing to the way things should be and we want people to create the kind of green and fair world that they want to see."

Artopia will run from 10.30am–5pm daily until 4 August 2010 at the LEB Building, 225-279 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0EL.

Sarah Housley