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Art for Action

Inspiring action for the Sustainable Development Goals

Super Reef

Restoring 55 km² of lost reefs in the Danish ocean

Art Charter for Climate Action

Uniting the visual arts sector in climate action

Circular Museum by MoMA and ART 2030

A virtual panel discussion series

Art for a Healthy Planet 2023

Sharing great art to inspire action for climate, our environment, and biodiversity

Getting Climate Control Under Control

Committing to real climate action

The Hope Forum

ART 2030 for the UNITED NATIONS Agenda for Sustainable Development & UNESCO ResiliArt

Art for Hope

Art responds to the climate catastrophe

Partnerships as a Catalyst for Change

Hignline New York City

Art for a Healthy Planet 2022

Sharing great art to inspire action for climate, our environment, and biodiversity

Interspecies Assembly


ART 2030 Presents

Conversations on Art and Sustainability

Danh Vo Presents: A Haven for Diverse Ecologies

Danh Vo

Art for a Healthy Planet 2021

Sharing great art to inspire action for climate, our environment, and biodiversity

UN high-level event on Culture & Sustainable Development

Art Sector Luminaries Address the United Nations

Art for a Healthy Planet 2020

Sharing great art to inspire action for climate, our environment, and biodiversity


Christian Falsnaes

Breathe with Me

Jeppe Hein

Vertical Migration

Part of Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX: About the Artwork

Interspecies Assembly

Part of Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX: About the Artwork

ART 2030 New York

For Art and the Global Goals

Tow with The Flow

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Planet Art



Yoko Ono

Soleil Levant

Ai Weiwei

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Art for Action


ART 2030

Art for Action builds on ART 2030’s Art for Hope in 2022. This hybrid initiative aims to inspire action for the Sustainable Development Goals by highlighting best practices from trailblazers, changemakers and advocates from all levels of the art sector who are taking the lead in using the transformative power of art to shift the world onto a just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable path.

Art for Action will engage local and global audiences through digital campaigns, artists talks, panel discussions and political advocacy to inspire much-needed action for the SDGs – exemplifying how the power of art can captivate hearts, drive our imagination, and change behaviors for global action.

Here on the page we will present our contributors over the coming months.

Julian Charrière

Julian Charrière’s work explores ideas of nature and their transformation over deep geological and human time scales. Addressing pressing matters of ecological concern, his work frequently stems from fieldwork in remote locations where acute geophysical identities have formed, from volcanoes to icefields; palm oil plantations to nuclear test sites. An ongoing reflection on the mythos and politics of exploration in a globalized age is central to his practice. Working across media and conceptual paradigms, Charrière frequently collaborates with composers, scientists, engineers, art historians, and philosophers. His work both provokes and invites reflection on our traditions of perceiving, representing and engaging with the natural world.


Images: 1. Julian Charrière, And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire, 2019. Installation view, Controlled Burn, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany, 2022. Copyright the artist; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany. Photo by Jens Ziehe. 2. Julian Charrière, And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire, 2019. Video still. Copyright the artist; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany. 3. Julian Charrière, Photo by Studio Julian Charrière

Ai Weiwei

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Ai Weiwei’s film Human Flow elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe. Human Flow is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?


Images: 1. Two women pictured in Mosul, Iraq. From HUMAN FLOW. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. 2. A scene from HUMAN FLOW. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. 3. Director Ai Weiwei in HUMAN FLOW. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.

Lucia Pietroiusti

Curator Lucia Pietroiusti is Head of Ecologies at Serpentine, London and the founder of the General Ecology project (2018-ongoing). Pietroiusti works at the intersection of art, ecology and systems. She is the curator of Sun & Sea (Lithuanian Pavilion, 2019 Venice Biennale and 2019-25 tour) and the co-editor of More-than-Human (2020).


Images: 1. Giles Round, Untitled (Wayfinding), 2022. Back to Earth exhibition at Serpentine North. Installation view. © readsreads.info. Courtesy Serpentine. 2. Seba Calfuqueo, Tray Tray Ko, video, 6’13, 2022, film still, photo by: Sebastian Melo. 3. Sun & Sea. © Elon Shoenholz. 4. Lucia Pietroiusti. Photo by Talie Rose Eigeland.

Tabita Rezaire

Tabita Rezaire is an artist-farmer-healer-seeker. Her cross-dimensional practice envisions network sciences - organic, electronic, and spiritual - as healing technologies to serve the shift toward heart consciousness. Embracing digital, corporeal, and ancestral memory, she digs into scientific imaginaries and mystical realms to tackle the colonial wounds and energetic imbalances that affect the songs of our body-mind-spirits. Tabita is based in French Guiana, where she is caring for AMAKABA.


Images: 1.-3. Courtesy of AMAKABA. 4. Yussef Agbo-Ola

Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, artist, activist and filmmaker whose work addresses pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization.

She coined the term “Arte Precario” in the mid-1960s in Chile, as a new independent and non-colonized category for her precarious works composed of debris, structures that disappear in the landscape, which include her quipus (knot in Quechua), envisioned as poems in space. Vicuña has re-invented the ancient Pre-Columbian quipu system of non-writing with knots through ritual acts that weave the urban landscape, rivers and oceans, as well as people, to re-construct a sense of unity and awareness of interconnectivity.


Images: 1. Cecilia Vicuña, Cloud-net, 1999, street performance, New York. Photo: César Paternosto. © Cecilia Vicuña 2. Cecilia Vicuña, Quipu Menstrual, site-specific installation. Installation view, “Cecilia Vicuña. Soñar el agua. Una retrospectiva del futuro (1964 –)”, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), Santiago, Chile, 2023. Photo: Felipe Fontecilla. Courtesy the artist and MNBA. © Cecilia Vicuña. Image by Romina Diaz. 3.Still from Cecilia Vicuña, ¿Qué es para usted la poesía? / What Is Poetry to You?, 1980, 23:20 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on video, Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. © Cecilia Vicuña 4. Bruno Savelli, 2023.

Bosco Sodi

Founded by Bosco Sodi, Fundación Casa Wabi is a non-profit, civil association that fosters an exchange between contemporary art and local communities. The mission is focused on forging social development through the arts, which they carry out through five key programs: residencies, exhibitions, clay, films, and mobile library.


Images: © Fundación Casa Wabi. Courtesy Bosco Sodi.

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky’s remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes represent over 40 years of his dedication to bearing witness to the impact of human industry on the planet.

The recent exhibition Extraction/Abstraction at Saatchi Gallery in London showcases Burtynsky’s navigation through each of the technological shifts in the photographic medium that have occurred over recent decades, revealing his lifelong observation of humanity’s incursion into the natural world, and the environmental consequences of industrial processes.


Images: 1. Gold Tailings #1, Doornkop Gold Mine, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2018. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Admira Photography, Milan. 2. Sishen Iron Ore Mine #2, Overburden, Kathu, South Africa, 2018. © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Admira Photography, Milan. 3. © Birgit Kleber

Olafur Eliasson

The works of Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson explore the relevance of art in the world at large. Since 1997, his wide-ranging solo shows – featuring installations, paintings, sculptures, photography, and film – have appeared in major museums around the globe. His art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self and community.


1: Olafur Eliasson, The weather project, 2003. Installation view: Tate Modern, London, 2003. Photo: Ari Magg. Courtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles © 2003 Olafur Eliasson. 2: Olafur Eliasson, The weather project, 2003. Installation view: Tate Modern, London, 2003. Photo: Olafur Eliasson . Courtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles © 2003 Olafur Eliasson. 3: Photo Louise Yeowart.


ROKBOX works to redefine and transform art shipping by eradicating packaging waste and lowering carbon emissions and costs. Their global network of reusable, cost effective art crates eliminate unnecessary costs, risk, waste and pollution by up to 90%; safeguarding art, budgets and the planet.


Images: 1. ROKBOX with artworks Credit ROKBOX. 2. ROKBOX crates used by Artverb Credit ROKBOX. 3. ROKBOX in Gander & White warehouse Credit ROKBOX

Fly with Pacha, Into the Aerocene

Directed by Maximiliano Laina (@maxi_laina) & Tomás Saraceno, Fly with Pacha is an ongoing audio visual project that portrays the long-standing relationship between Tomás Saraceno, the @Aerocene community he founded and the Indigenous Communities of Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc, in Jujuy, Argentina, who are fighting to protect their land against the rapid corporate extraction of lithium from the Salt Flats, driven by the demand for batteries, which is depleting water resources in the region and contaminating the Earth.

In Jujuy in January 2020, the aerosolar sculpture Aerocene Pacha rose using only the air and the sun, completely free from fossil fuels, batteries, lithium, helium, and hydrogen, becoming the most sustainable flight in human history. This journey set 32 world records, with Aerocene pilot Leticia Noemi Marques who flew with the message “Water and Life are Worth More than Lithium” written by the Indigenous Communities of Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc.

Three years later, in January 2023, the community gathered once again, as national and international geopolitical and commercial interests continued to pressure the basin. Faced with the worsening of the climate crisis and the urgency of the energy transition, the message is: We no longer want to be a sacrifice zone. The transition cannot reproduce the same neocolonial politics that have been imposed on the Peoples of the South, amplifying social, ethnic and environmental inequalities. The Rights of Nature movement is striving for rivers, lakes, and mountains to bear legal rights in the same, or at least a similar, manner as human beings. We must listen to the voices of the territories, in defence of water, salt flats and the commons, for an ecosocial energy transition!


Images: 1-2. Fly with Pacha, Into the Aerocene, 2017–ongoing (film stills). Directed by Maximiliano Laina and Tomás Saraceno. This project is an ongoing dialogue with the indigenous communities of Salinas Grandes y Laguna de Guayatayoc. 3. Portrait of Tomás Saraceno by Dario J Laganà © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2023

Josh Kline

Josh Kline is best known for creating immersive installations–using video, sculpture, photography, and design–that question how emergent technologies are being used to change human life in the 21st Century. Kline’s practice is focused on work and class, exploring how today’s most urgent social and political issues—climate change, automation, disease, and the weakening of democracy—impact the people who make up the labor force.


Images: 1-2. Josh Kline. Transnational Finance, 2019. Courtesy the artist. 3. Josh Kline, 2023. Courtesy the artist


Sometimes, the best way to care for other species is to collaborate with them on new projects. In that spirit, SUPERFLEX has been researching the needs and preferences of other species, in an effort to create art for humans that can also serve as housing for marine life when sea levels rise. By rearranging our cities and housing to facilitate more than just human needs, we can begin to redefine our place in the ecosystem.


Images: 1. Photo by Ulrik Jantzen/Büro Jantzen. 2. All is Water film stills by SUPERFLEX - The scientific experiment in this film was conducted by the scientists Anja Wegner and Alex Jordan

Alfredo Jaar

One Million German Passports, an installation by Alfredo Jaar, focuses on the political situation in Germany and Europe, but also on the global migration crisis. The work refers to the number of refugees that former chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed to Germany in 2015, but also to the number of people who shortly after rejected her own party the CDU and voted for the far-right AFD party.

The installation questions citizenship and identity, in the face of an increasing refugee crisis due to climate change and ongoing conflicts as well as the unequal treatment of refugees depending on their origin.


Images: 1-2. Alfredo Jaar. One Million German Passports. Courtesy the artist. 3. Alfredo Jaar. © Jee Eun Esther Jang

Pedro Reyes

Pedro Reyes studied architecture but considers himself a sculptor. Although his works integrate elements of theater, psychology and activism. His work takes a variety of forms, from penetrable sculptures to puppet productions.

In 2008, Reyes initiated the ongoing Palas por Pistolas project in which 1,527 guns were collected in Mexico through a voluntary donation campaign to produce the same number of shovels to plant 1,527 trees.


Images: 1. Pedro Reyes, Palas por Pistolas ©Pedro Reyes. 2. Pedro Reyes, Palas por Pistolas installation view photo by Stéphane Rambaud. 3. Pedro Reyes portrait photo by Marina Denisova ©Pedro Reyes

Sebastião Salgado

Graduated as an economist, Sebastião Salgado began his career as a photographer in 1973 in Paris. He has witnessed wars, revolutions, coups, humanitarian crises, famine, and has also seen some of the most pristine places on the planet – locations and peoples untouched by the modern world.

In 1998, together with his partner Lélia, he set up Instituto Terra in Brazil, a non-profit civil organisation focusing on reforestation, environmental education and sustainable rural development in the Rio Doce valley, in the state of Minas Gerais. Today, Instituto Terra has created a forest rich in a variety of flora and fauna endemic to the Atlantic Forest, and has also developed a programme to recover, protect and preserve water resources in the Doce river basin, restoring tens of thousands of sources to date.

In 2021, the couple launched their latest project: “Amazônia”, a book and major photographic exhibition on the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous communities, calling for the preservation of this biodiversity that is so important for the planet and for the protection of these threatened populations.


Images © Sebastião Salgado


In an ever-changing environment, Christie’s has stewarded some of the greatest works of art over the last 250 years. With equal care, they also have made steps in another stewarding role, helping to protect the environment for generations to come. They want to help define standards within the art sector. With much still to be done, they are on track to achieve their short-term goal to halve carbon emissions by 2030.

They have implemented green energy across all sale sites, improved waste management, reduced the number of catalogues produced, focussed on sea vs. air freight and implemented a new travel policy. Their focus is now on technology and packaging.


Images: 1. Claude Monet (1840-1926), Matinée sur la Seine, temps net. 2. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Kanagawa oki nami ura (Under the well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa) [“Great Wave”]


Marleen Boschen is Adjunct Curator of Art & Ecology at the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational (HTRC:T), which offers new perspectives on global art histories. Marleen explores how ecology and climate justice can encourage us to rethink artistic practice through a situated and a planetary perspective.

Tate declared the climate emergency in July 2019 and has been raising awareness of the climate and ecological emergency through its programme since then. Marleen joined HTRC:T in 2023 and focuses on ecology with a transnational outlook, for instance, how ecology is connected to histories of colonialism and extractive capitalism.


Images: 1. Past HTRC:T events: Otobong Nkanga giving a performance lecture at Tate Modern, 5 November 2019 © Guillaume Valli, 2. Past HTRC:T events: Embassy by Richard Bell, featuring Richard Bell and Megan Cope in conversation, 20 & 21 May 2023, Tate Modern © Jordan Anderson 2023, 3. Marleen Boschen © Dominique Russell, 2023

Urban Art Projects (UAP)

From the design studio to the factory floor, UAP works across all aspects of the creative process, from commissioning and curatorial services, concept development, and design assistance to engineering, fabrication, and installation.

UAP is committed to responsible production and consumption of materials, implementing solar solutions for its operations and its local community, amplifying activities for the well-being of its staff, and pursuing eco-efficient solutions to its products and production processes.


Images: Chris Roque courtesy of UAP | Urban Art Projects.

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