The Art of Discomfort

Can art inspire change or help us to heal?

In this series of four films we look at how artists deal with some of the most complex or difficult topics through their work. 

Our first film explores the role of artists in communicating our urgent climate crisis. Upcoming films in the series include how artists take on death and mortality, how they deal with love and heartbreak and the ways in which they have reflected and poked fun at class observations.

How Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis

From its earliest origins, people’s relationship with nature and the environment has been a core theme in art. In earlier examples, artists portrayed the natural world as a mystic, powerful entity, a physically dominating force. But in recent decades, that dynamic has turned on its head, as humankind’s impact on our environment becomes ever more clear, urgent, and irreversible.

Explore artists from this film

Explore artists from this film

14 August 2023