Wearing your heart on your sleeve: how collaborative protest art can address eco emotions

Project dates: 21/02/2022 - 03/06/2023


This research project is based on creative practice in the area of visual communication and first-hand experience in environmental activism. It relates to The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 13, 14, and 15 and is informed by the latest WWF Living Planet report as well as the latest IPCC report. It investigates how collaborative activist art making can address and express eco emotions. Through participatory research and cooperative inquiry this project will work with environmental community groups on channeling these emotions into wearable messages and artworks to investigate how collaborative art making can create agency and improve mental wellbeing. Interviews, observation, photography and videography will be used to collect data. Based on data analysis, an ‘activist art making tool kit’ will be developed and tested to examine the future potential of art as a tool for social change.


Chief Investigator

Sabine Carter


Principal supervisor: Dr Manuela Taboada
Associate supervisor: Prof Marcus Foth