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This lecture explores multiple facets of the climate crisis caused by the art world.

Though many organisations and artists are transitioning from unsustainable working practices to more maintainable and resourceful ones, many controversial methods still exist in the contemporary art world.

This lecture will examine the changes that still need to be made in the sector, alongside the shared vision and commitment that is now taking root.

Beginning with a brief introduction by Renée Pfister, we will be joined by Heather Ackroyd, artist and co-founder of Culture Declares Emergency . Heather will discuss the emergence of Culture Declares Emergency, which launched in 2019, in response to dire warnings issued by scientists. The movement now numbers over 1500 artist practitioners and cultural organisations, and is part of an ecology of like-minded movements that has emerged in the last two years.

Lecture Date And Fees

Thu, Jul 1, 2021

6 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. ET)


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What is the Lecture Series?

We passionately believe that art is meant to inspire us all. That is why we designed this special lecture series, designed to give you a grounding in a range of subjects from a variety of leading art industries. Delivered by industry experts and Sotheby's specialists, these one hour lectures will be streamed live, via Zoom, to be enjoyed from home. These courses will introduce the Institute's expertise, and showcase our virtual programme, to those who want to find stimulation in an enjoyable, engaging and flexible way.


Renée Pfister

Renée Pfister is an independent art consultant, curator, registrar, collections manager, project manager, lecturer and writer. After more than twenty years of working in the arts in London at Tate, the British Museum, the Science Museum and with the late Sir Anthony Caro, as well as participating in an work-exchange program with New York’s Museum of Modern Art, she decided in 2010 to work independently, establishing her own art consultancy. Since its formation clients have included the German Embassy, the Government Art Collection, Waltham Forest Council, Swan Films, the British Embassy in Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, international artists and private collectors.

With Guest:

Heather Ackroyd

Heather Ackroyd of artist duo Ackroyd & Harvey. In 2019, she and her partner co-founded Culture Declares Emergency in response to the climate and ecological emergency.

What’s included?

A one hour lecture led by an invited expert in the field

Streamed live, at times to suit our transatlantic audience

Access anywhere, globally

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