WHOLE EARTH? exhibition unveiled at UWE

Issue date: 09 October 2015

WHOLE EARTH? exhibition

One of UWE Bristol's busiest thoroughfares has been transformed into a huge outdoor art gallery aimed at encouraging students to think about some of the toughest challenges facing the world.

Hoardings snaking more than 200ft around a building site at the heart of Frenchay Campus have been brought to life with striking and thought-provoking photographs from around the globe for the WHOLE EARTH? exhibition.

UWE Bristol is among 100 universities worldwide taking part in the WHOLE EARTH? project, which calls upon today's generation of students to help make the world a more sustainable place.

The exhibition skirting the £50 million Faculty of Business and Law construction site will be unveiled in front of an audience of students and staff on Monday, at the beginning of the university's annual Big Green Week and during Bristol's year as European Green Capital.

The exhibition is being launched by the National Union of Students together with global action group SOS (Students Organising for Sustainability).

In place for a year, the public arts trail is targeted at engaging students and staff in considering sustainability challenges and their contribution to potential solutions.

UWE Bristol Students' Union Sustainability Officer Leyth Hamphire said, “If students are to play a meaningful part in the debate about the future it is vital that they feel engaged informed and empowered to do so and this is what we hope this exhibition will do.”

The images which appear in the exhibition have been put together by leading environmental photographer Mark Edwards, who has spearheaded the project. WHOLE EARTH? will receive its national launch today (Friday October 9) at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

UWE Bristol's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, Professor Jim Longhurst, said, “The university is delighted to host this exhibition as part of our contribution to Bristol's year as European Green Capital. UWE is working hard to ensure all our students are able to engage with the ides of sustainable development as part of their studies and the exhibition provides a wonderful stimulus for debate and action.”

WHOLE EARTH? is the successor to the Hard Rain Project (HRP), one of the most successful photographic exhibitions ever created.

Based on the lyrics of Bob Dylan's song A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, the travelling outdoor exhibition brought alive the challenges of the 21st century and has been seen by 15 million people since its launch in 2006.

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