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Sustainablity Hub

Exhibition Reception and Artist talk
Thursday 24 February, 5-8pm, talk @ 6pm
University of Plymouth Sustainability Hub

Free, however spaces are limited.

Booking closed.


The exhibition is free and open to the public 1pm-2pm, Monday to Friday
From the 24 February – 15 March

University of Plymouth Sustainability Hub
No booking necessary.

Heat Creatures: Warming our Homes, not our Planet

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Regen Art Lab’s first artist in residence, Karenza Sparks’ exhibition ‘Heat Creatures: Warming our Homes, not our Planet’ in the University of Plymouth’s Sustainability Hub from 24 February to 17 March.

Join us for the Exhibition Reception on the 24 February from 5pm onwards at the Sustainability Hub. At 6pm Sparks and Regen’s energy experts will share their unique art/science collaboration experience in the Artist Talk. Book your ticket here.

We know that to tackle the climate emergency we must change the way we heat our homes. But it is easy to feel lost in the many technology options and overwhelmed in the scale of the challenge.

With the support of energy experts at Regen, emerging artist, Karenza Sparks, has transformed the different heating technologies into eleven approachable, personified ‘heat creatures’ . These are presented as a pack of trading cards and figurines, an engaging and playful approach to help navigate how to decarbonise our homes.

The choice of creating a trading card game also underlines an important message: none of the heat creatures can tackle the problem alone. Every home and household is different and so only with the help of the creatures’ varied qualities can we rise to challenge.

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About the artist

Karenza Sparks is a multidisciplinary designer, maker, and animator from Cornwall. She has a particular interest in gamification, story telling, interactive experiences, and participatory artworks. Sparks graduated from Kingston school in 2020 and much of her work has been highly collaborative.

About the residency

The Regen Art Lab is a new artist residency programme bridging the gap between experts and artists, to delve more deeply into energy transition issues. Through collaboration, the residency aims to showcase the pivotal stories needed to realise the transition, which are well informed, relevant and meaningful.

The theme for this residency was decarbonising heat. Decarbonising home heating is shaping up to be one of the greatest challenges of the climate emergency in the UK, because of lack of public awareness and political will power. You can read more about the challenge of decarbonising the UK’s heat in our ‘decarbonising of heat’ paper, and through the resources that Karenza compiled during her residency.

Find out more about the Regen Art Lab here. You can also read more about how this residency in the opening blog on Spark’s first impressions, and the closing blog by Regen’s energy experts and Sparks on their experience of collaborating.

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24th February 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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