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By November 19, 2021No Comments

CreativePEI and the River Clyde Pageant have partnered with the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation to host artist Alexis Bulman as an intern in UPEI’s ClimateSense program.

Bulman has been learning about climate change adaptation and exploring ways in which the arts can help people deal with a sense of impending doom associated with climate change by developing and delivering a series of community-engaged arts installations to inspire action on climate adaptation.

Future Booths is the resulting body of work created by Bulman during her internship. These works celebrate the act of harvesting, as well as the functionality, DIY aesthetic, honour-system and modest absurdity of traditional road-side farm stands.

Set up in rural locations across PEI, Bulman’s roadside art installations promote awareness of climate change adaptation in agriculture by employing recognizable structures stocked with new and unfamiliar crops.

So far Alexis has made two Future Booth art installations. The first was an elaborate lavender booth setup at the end of Apple Tree lane in collaboration with Island Lavender Distillery. The second booth featured a harvest of Quince and was installed in New Glasgow during the River Clyde Pageants Sharing the Field event.

Both quince and lavender are examples of adaptive crops that will grow in Prince Edward Island as drought and higher temperatures increase due to Climate Change.

The project plans to build upon CreativePEI’s adaptive capacity by encouraging our members to adapt their practices to the changing realities of the world around us and expand their skills in community-engaged arts practices that explore climate change adaptation as subject matter.

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