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, 1st October in The River House Lounge and Restaurant in Swansea’s SA1, close to the exhibition’s first location at the city’s Sail Bridge. The choice of the Sail Bridge is symbolic, referencing UWTSD’s future Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in the city’s SA1 development. It will then travel to several other UWTSD campuses before returning to the Sail Bridge for a final week’s display in December.
‘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 and was brought to Swansea in 2009 by Swansea Environmental Forum as part of the Sustainable Swansea Initiative. 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.
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.
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