Early Warning Signs
Outdoor & Gardens
Woodlands Community Garden,
The Bowling Green
49 McCulloch St
The Hidden Gardens
Bike + Talk
Cycle around the city
starting near Kelvinbridge
Visual Art, Climate, Cycling
Photos show Ellie Harrison's Walk & Talk event at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in June 2021 (Credit: Neil Bromwich).
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the project in Glasgow.
For the last 10 years, Ellie Harrison’s four rotating signs have been touring arts venues around the UK to raise awareness and provoke discussion about climate change, as part of her ‘life-long’ project Early Warning Signs – established in 2011 under the artist’s mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle your art”. For Glasgow Open House Arts Festival 2021, the four signs return to the artist’s home town of Glasgow to be hosted at various community venues across the city in the run-up to COP26 – including Woodlands Community Garden in the West End, Impact Arts in the East End and The Bowling Green and The Hidden Gardens in the Southside. On Saturday 25 September, 1-3 pm you are invited to join Ellie Harrison for a Bike + Talk around Glasgow to visit the four signs and hear more about the project (please register via Eventbrite).
The signs will remain at each of these community venues until the end of October, when they will be sustainably transported to one central location in time for COP26. This will be the first time all four signs have been re-united since they were first created and displayed outside Artsadmin in London for Two Degrees Festival in June 2011.
Opening times at the sites:
Impact Arts: All
The Bowling Green: Fri/Mon: 10am - 5pm & Sat/Sun: 11am - 6pm
The Hidden Gardens: Fri/Sat: 10am - 5pm & Sun: 12 - 5pm
Bike + Talk
Join artist Ellie Harrison for a leisurely cycle around town – starting near Kelvinbridge and taking in her four Early Warning Signs sited at various venues across the city especially for Glasgow Open House Arts Festival 2021 – including Woodlands Community Garden in the West End, Impact Arts in the East End and The Bowling Green and The Hidden Gardens in the Southside. Along the way there’ll be time to hear more about the origins of the Early Warning Signs project – developed in 2011 under the artist’s mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle your art” and now celebrating its 10th anniversary – and to discuss the challenges of developing a sustainable arts practice, as well as some practical first steps. If you don't have your own bike, please arrange to hire one in advance from Next Bike. Details of the exact meeting point will be emailed to you in advance once you have registered via Eventbrite.
*Please let Ellie know of any accessibility requirements when booking, including enquiring about the accessible bicycles available from Free Wheel North
Book here: bikeandtalk.eventbrite.co.uk
Ellie Harrison is an artist and activist based in Glasgow. She is most well known for her ‘controversial’ 2016 project The Glasgow Effect for which she refused to leave Glasgow’s city limits, or use any vehicles except her bike for a whole calendar year. A real-life experiment in ‘thinking globally and acting locally’, the project enabled her to slash her carbon footprint for transport to zero, and to invest her time, energy and ideas in community activism – helping to establish several local projects and campaigns aimed at making Glasgow a more equal, sustainable and connected city, including the Get Glasgow Moving public transport campaign, Carfree Glasgow and the Glasgow Community Energy renewable energy co-operative. Her first book The Glasgow Effect: A Tale of Class, Capitalism & Carbon Footprint was inspired by the 2016 project and published by Luath Press in November 2019.
Early Warning Signs:
all the signs should be visible from the road (and don't really need to be seen close up), so all passers-by should be able to view
*Please get in touch with the venues directly if you require more details.*
Bike + Talk:
Please let Ellie know of any accessibility requirements when booking, including enquiring about the accessible bicycles available from Free Wheel North.
*Please get in touch with the artist directly if you require more details.*