New art and design exhibition to tackle climate change revealed, as UK experiences its hottest day on record

Photography by Alice Schoolcraft / @aliceschoolcraft

As the UK is about to potentially experience its hottest day on record, a timely new exhibition by Adapt, a climate club using art and design to combat climate change, should be on your radar.

Titled Sadness is a no gO-Zone, the free-to-attend show at The Copeland Gallery on 2-4 August, will feature pieces from 50 European artists and will be used to raise awareness of the biggest issues facing the planet - from energy to travel to re-wilding - through the lens of creativity in a bid to land more impactful messaging and promote action.

Adapt (short for Adaptive Capacity) consists of a team of volunteers and all artists and designers who will feature in the Sadness is a no gO-Zone exhibition have donated their time for free, responding to a collaborative brief using Adapt's existing language.

The tongue-in-cheek slogans given in the design brief included phrases such as ‘Feeling Hot Hot Hot’, ‘Solar, So Good’, ‘Shall We Clear The Air?’ and more which has resulted in more than 50 creative interpretations in the form of graphic design and illustration.

"We started Adapt after seeing the majority of media communicating important information about the current environmental catastrophe in a really gloomy, exclusive and uninspiring way which didn't resonate with us as creatives who wanted to take action," says Creative Director Josie Tucker.

Producing Director Richard Ashton adds: “We're very grateful and happy that so many people have supported our Kickstarter campaign, it's given us more hope that there are so many people dedicated to highlighting our climate crisis!"

As well as the exhibition, there will be a tree planting challenge in collaboration with Ecosia (the search engine that plants trees), a protest flag-making workshop, video installations, workshops and more.

Adapt are on course to raise all of their £3,300 goal after a month-long Kickstarter campaign. In return for pledges, Adapt offered branded stickers, posters, tote bags, T-shirts and signed prints.

For more information visit Adapt at www.sadness-is-a-no-go.zone.

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