COP21 is here, and Coming of Age is up and running!

Coming of Age came out of a conversation between 509 Arts, Julie’s Bicycle, Artsadmin, Free Word and TippingPoint. Together we recognised the need for local actions that link to the big issues being discussed at COP21 and as part of the international ArtCop21 movement.

Throughout COP21 artists are in Paris to make their voice heard, but to make the debate more real and more relevant at a local level Coming of Age ensures the discussion is heard not just in Paris but also in venues and communities across the UK.

Coming of Age is a call to action for arts organisations, venues and artists. Our site now contains around 70 events – a national programme of creative interventions taking place around the time of the COP21. They bring climate change into focus and involve audiences and communities through the UK and at many levels.

Coming of Age brings the issues being discussed in Paris directly to audiences across the UK, in London, Bristol, Dumfries, Leeds, Bradford, Cardiff, Glasgow, Morecambe, Bentham, Brighton, Leith, Derby, Hastings, Cambridge, Liverpool, Totnes, Penryn, Beaconsfield…

And at venues everywhere: Young Vic, Watershed, Free Word, The Tetley, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Manchester Museum, Fevered Sleep, Bush Theatre, Fuse Arts Space, The Hothouse…

There are walks, talks, exhibitions, workshops, performances and much, much more…

By coming together under the umbrella of Coming of Age, the collective impact is amplified, significant, sobering and celebratory. The artists involved are part of an emerging community around arts and climate change that goes beyond COP21 and looks to the future. The work will not stop at the end of COP21, and we will look at Coming of Age to see if there is a need to publicise, advocate and raise the profile of artists working on the climate agenda in the months and years to come.