our history

 

 

Since forming in early 2013, ClimActs’ succees is thanks to countless generous contributions from Angels in and out of costumes.

 

In late 2012 an image of Allana Beltran’s haunting Weld Angel inspired Dr Liz Conor to form Guardian Angels for the Future to advocate on climate issues. The Weld Angel was a sculptural performance art action in Tasmania’s Weld Valley (2007); a stunning ten hour, ten metre high occupation action which woke the world up to the ongoing destruction of Australia’s natural forests.

 

Quit Coal activists brought Liz Conor and Deborah Hart together to develop the climate angels idea and ClimActs founding act, Climate Guardians was born.

 

As Deborah and Allana were already activist colleagues and very close friends, Allana was brought in to help guide the use of her powerful angel iconography. In addition to curating and performing with us, Allana helped design and hand make the Climate Guardians’ first two sets of giant fabric wings for a commission to open the Lorne Sculpture Biennale in 2014. Based on Allana’s wings, our friends Janice and Tracey hand made others to make up a set of seven. This is why each set of wings is a unique artwork in itself. Our choice to work with seven angels (at the most) reflects the number of the world’s continents.

 

In addition to our current Board members, people instrumental to ClimActs’ development include Julie Collins, Melissa Corbett, Tiffany Harrison, Carey Lai, Andrew Laird, Bronwyn Plarre, the late Mandy Press, Merryn Redenbach. (AND…)

 

For also helping to inspire our creative tactics, we gratefully acknowledge the brilliant work of the John Howard Ladies Auxiliary Fan Club (aka The JoHos, co-created by Zelda Grimshaw and ClimActs’ co-founder Liz Conor), The Yes Men, and the founders of Victoria’s Quit Coal Collective.