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Emergence is designed to symbolically reflect the imaginative leap required to envision a sustainable future.

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About Emergence

Emergence is a programme of events and initiatives addressing the role and potential of the arts and of artists in the context of the urgent and complex challenges of our time.

It began as a partnership project between Volcano and Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales, supported by Arts Council Wales and British Council. Emergence focuses on two main themes: moving towards a low-carbon arts infrastructure, and developing the role of the arts in envisioning a sustainable society. In a very short time the Emergence project has helped to bring sustainability to the fore of the cultural agenda within Wales.

Emergence is a collaborative project, which recognises that our shared goals simultaneously transcend differences between disciplines and demand the specialist skills of rigorous and questioning practitioners in all fields. Emergence rejects reductive and instrumental views of the diverse modes of knowledge. It acknowledges and celebrates both the power and rigour of the arts, and the creativity of science and technology, and calls for artists and the arts sector to become pro-active leaders in the transition to a low carbon, more equitable and just society.

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The Emergence conferences of 2010/11 brought the arts community in Wales together to raise issues, discuss alternatives, and suggest practical solutions for a more sustainable future, encouraging artists to consider the role of the arts in influencing behaviour, and how they can begin to inspire change within society through their work. 

An inspirational Emergence report on the arts’ response to pressing 21st century challenges was developed following the 2010 / 11 events and is available online through the Emergence website.
For further details about the Emergence project including the download you can visit the website here www.emergence-uk.org

Video: Paul Allen on Emergence

Video courtesy of Pete Telfer.

Paul Allen in conversation talking about ZeroCarbonBritain and the Emergence Summit 2012 at Centre for Alternative Technology.

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Centre for Alternative TechnologyVolcano Theatre

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