TippingPoint aims to be a connector of the arts and climate science worlds. At the heart of its work is an international programme of gatherings, artists and researchers coming together in conversation and inspiration, a mutual enquiry which explores climate and culture from these two broad perspectives. There are no fixed outputs or legacy programmes but the experience of TippingPoint has, for many, been both transformative and enormously productive. The traditional format of TippingPoint may change but keeping the heart of TippingPoint beating – the conversation itself – is guiding the next phase. Planning is underway; Julie’s Bicycle, in partnership with Artsadmin, is facilitating Season for Change, a cultural celebration of our shared environment. We are inviting artists and cultural organisations to participate in whatever way they feel is most creative and TippingPoint events – gatherings of artists, activists and scientists – will sit alongside curated work.
Originally founded by Peter Gingold in 2005 and thriving under his leadership for over a decade, TippingPoint has become a part of Julie’s Bicycle in 2017. Peter is continuing to work closely as part of an advisory group of key figures from the TippingPoint network including Judith Knight (Director of Artsadmin), and Rose Fenton (former director of Free Word).
TippingPoint held some 25 intensive two or three-day events worldwide over this period, attended by well over 2,000 people, including numerous climate researchers, and with inputs from exceptionally distinguished figures in the arts and climate research. Its unique way of stimulating ‘unlikely conversations’ had a profound influence on many people.
The first TippingPoint Commissions were launched in 2009 – an open invitation to artists to propose performative work that in some way embraces climate change – and have supported over 20 pieces of work that cover diverse art forms and at all scales. Since then TippingPoint has been playing a significant part in enabling the arts sector to create and produce work that addresses the huge challenges of climate change and inspired further creative responses like Season for Change.
Header Image: ‘Funeral for a Lost Species’ by Feral Theatre, TippingPoint commission 2011