Press Releases 2014-2015

Landmark Sustainability Exhibition Gets Welsh Premier at UWTSD

25.09.2015

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. © Mark Edwards/Hard Rain Picture Library  University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will be the first institution in Wales to host the globally significant and celebrated outdoor photography exhibition, ‘WHOLE EARTH?’, aimed at bringing younger generations into the sustainability debate.

‘WHOLE EARTH?’ will be officially opened at 4pm on Thursday 1October in The River House Lounge and Restaurant in Swansea’s SA1, close to the exhibition’s location at the city’s Sail Bridge. Speaking at the opening will be Dr Jane Davidson, UWTSD Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and former Welsh Government Environment Minister, and Peter Davies, Wales Commissioner for Sustainable Futures.

The choice of the Sail Bridge is symbolic, referencing UWTSD’s future Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the city’s SA1 development.

‘WHOLE EARTH?’, created by journalist Lloyd Timberlake and photographer Mark Edwards, is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed ‘Hard Rain’ exhibition which launched at Eden Project in 2006. In ‘Hard Rain’ the lyrics of Bob Dylan are illustrated with photographs that bring alive the challenges of the 21st century.

Moved by images of disharmony, many of the exhibition’s viewers demanded solutions to the issues that were documented.

The result is the ‘WHOLE EARTH?’ exhibition, a partnership with the UK National Union of Students. It offers solutions in the areas of climate, energy, fresh water, oceans and agriculture, but also in areas such as human rights and economic rule-making.

In addition, it is a response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals initiative (SDG). SDGs will shape government policies and UN programmes up to 2030 and those policies will determine the future for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.

‘WHOLE EARTH?’ brings the younger generation more firmly into the sustainability debate, helping them understand the solutions and opportunities that these challenges open up.

The exhibition has so far travelled to educational institutions in the UK, Europe, North America, India, Africa, and Australia. This will be its first, and possibly only, showing in Wales. It will be open to the public, free of charge.

Dr Jane Davidson, who is also Director of UWTSD’s Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), said: “I am delighted that UWTSD has been able to bring this important exhibition to Wales and to make it available not just to the University but to other education partners and the wider public across south west Wales between now and Christmas.

“The exhibition offers opportunities to consider some of the key challenges of the 21st century and seek the most appropriate solutions. It encourages young people to ask questions and challenges viewers to commit to their own actions to make society more sustainable. I look forward to a lot of debate, particularly in the run up to the next major Climate Change global conference in Paris in December.”

Abi Jenkins, UWTSD Students’ Union Global President, said: “The Students’ Union are pleased that the University has brought ‘WHOLE EARTH?’ to Wales, and to UWTSD. This exhibition is an excellent way of creating dialogue between students in different countries. It exposes them to the commonalities of the global challenges we face, and which they will inherit, and gives them a voice in how we face up to these challenges.”

Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General at the United Nations, said: “‘WHOLE EARTH?’ deals with the urgent need to make peace with nature. Mark Edwards and Lloyd Timberlake have done a wonderful job showing how human beings can be natural partners with nature. ‘Hard Rain’ showed in a very realistic way the problems but here we have the solutions, the hope and the possibility for change.”

The exhibition will travel around the University’s campuses as follows:

28 September – 4 October, UWTSD Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter - Sail Bridge

5 – 18 October ,UWTSD Swansea (Mount Pleasant)

19 October – 1 November, UWTSD Swansea (Townhill)

2 – 15 November, UWTSD (Carmarthen)

16 – 29 November, UWTSD (Lampeter)

30 November – 6 December, UWTSD Swansea College of Art (Dynevor)

7 – 13 December, UWTSD Swansea Business Campus

14 – 20 December, UWTSD Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter - Sail Bridge

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 01792 483695 / 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk.