The Heat Creatures are an arts project which teach us about the world of home heating and how it impacts the climate emergency – each Heat Creature is a personification of a heating technology from the green, the not so green to the big polluters. The Heat Creatures were designed and made by Karenza Sparks, during her Regen Art Lab residency in 2021/2022.

You can make your own Heat Creatures playing card deck by printing them at home. Download and print the cards here, then simply fold each page in half and stick together to make a double sided card. Finish off by trimming the edges.

We would love to hear any feedback about how the Heat Creatures are being used to start conversations about home heating and the climate emergency. Please get in touch with any thoughts via the feedback form below.

Heat Creatures figurines group photograph
Heat Creatures figurines group photograph


The Heat Creatures playing cards:

Click on a card to learn more via Karenza’s recommended recources.

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About the artist

Karenza SparksĀ 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 hasĀ been highly collaborative.

About the residency

TheĀ Regen Art LabĀ 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 wasĀ 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 UKā€™s heat in ourĀ ā€˜decarbonising of heatā€™ paper, and through theĀ resources that Karenza compiledĀ during her residency.

Find out more about the Regen Art LabĀ here. You can also read more about how this residency in theĀ opening blog on Sparkā€™s first impressions, and theĀ closing blog by Regenā€™s energy experts and SparksĀ on their experience of collaborating.



People on this project

Emma Pavans de Ceccatty
Emma is the freelance producer for the Regen Art Lab. She has an Environment,…
Sophie Whinney
Senior Energy Analyst
Sophie has a masters in Engineering Design from the University of Bristol, where she…

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