Reimagining Museums for Climate Action
In the lead-up to COP26, Reimagining Museums for Climate Action is inviting concept and design proposals that radically reimagine the museum as an institution to help shape meaningful climate action. The idea is to explore how rethinking the design, purpose and experience of museums can help society make the deep, transformative changes needed to achieve a net-zero or zero-carbon world. Eight competition winners will be awarded £2500 each to develop their ideas for an exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre ahead of and during COP26 in 2021.
As the world confronts a global pandemic that is impacting on all aspects of social, cultural and economic life, many of the certainties we may have had about the future seem less concrete. While thousands of museums around the world remain closed, new forms of engagement and experimentation have emerged to rethink the relationship between museums and society. Alongside a profound sense of loss and insecurity, there is hope: hope that the multitude of ways in which communities globally have responded to COVID-19 might inspire new forms of radical action to address the climate and ecological emergency.
This competition invites you to think about how new approaches to the design, organisation and experience of museums can amplify and accelerate climate action in diverse contexts and at various scales, enabling museums and society to move farther, faster, together to a net-zero or zero-carbon future.
Museums come in many different shapes and sizes. Rather than focus on a specific location or type of museum, the organisers invite proposals that unsettle and subvert the very foundations of museological thinking to support and encourage meaningful climate action. You can locate your museum anywhere, or suggest an approach that is not tied to a specific place. The organisers invite design and concept proposals that are radically different from the ‘traditional’ museum, or that explore new ways for traditional museums to operate. Your response can address any aspect of museum design and activity, and the ideas can be as fantastical or as grounded as you see fit. The organisers are not looking to judge proposals on their feasibility, but on the extent to which they reimagine the museum to bring about more equitable and sustainable futures in the climate change era.
This competition asks designers, architects, academics, artists, poets, philosophers, writers, museum professionals, Indigenous groups, community groups and the public at large to radically (re)imagine and (re)design the museum as an institution, to help bring about more equitable and sustainable futures in the climate change era. It is open to applicants from anywhere in the world.
Deadline (registration): 31 July 2020