Inconvenient art: contemporary artists weigh in on climate change

Royal Acadamy's new exhibition examines 'art of a changing world'
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This is a telling moment for the Royal Academy to launch a large-scale exhibition looking at the impact of climate change on the work and practice of contemporary artists: the Copenhagen Climate Change summit is almost upon us and debate rages over how governments and individuals can effectively tackle the issue.

Running from 3 December to 31 January 2010, at the Royal Academy's space at 6 Burlington Gardens, London, the exhibition "Earth: Art of a Changing World" presents new and recent work from 35 international contemporary artists, including work by some of the biggest names in the art world alongside new work by emerging artists.

Among those taking part in the show are Edward Burtynsky, Antony Gormley, Gary Hume, Tracey Emin, Antti Kaitinen, Cornelia Parker, Keith tyson, Sophie Calle and David Nash.

Many of the artists featured are actively engaged with the issue itself, working directly to transform the global scale of climate change into human terms. Others have shown it to have a place, or to resonate, within their work. The exhibition builds on the power of the individual works to create an overall aesthetic, visual and experiential impact that explores some of the cultural impacts of climate change.

GSK Contemporary, 'Earth: Art of a Changing World, Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1, 3 December - 31 January.

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