Press Release: ONCA RDLS 2019 ACE Funding Announcement

9 October 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that Arts Council England are supporting ONCA’s winter 2019 events and exhibition programme.

Launching on 20 November, ONCA will host a 4-week exhibition and events programme in collaboration with London-based indigenous Bornean illustrator Deru Anding, local researchers and young climate activists.

Coinciding with Lost Species Day 2019, the project will use illustration, video and other artist-led activities to engage audiences including children, students and young people in environmental justice issues, highlighting indigenous narratives and encouraging transnational solidarity through events and online resources.

Indigenous perspectives and young voices are often missing from mainstream reporting on the climate emergency, which means that narratives around climate change often ignore their experiences and contribute to further exclusion and erasure. With our partners, we aim to deliver an exhibition and events programme that will highlight the perspectives of indigenous people experiencing environmental injustice and encourage intergenerational discourse and solidarity.

Showing Deru Anding’s work is a unique opportunity to tell an environmental change story from an indigenous perspective while encouraging intergenerational dialogue. With Brighton’s youth strikers we’ll co-curate a programme focused on climate justice,  and we’ll collaborate with WEGO academics researching extractivism and violence against environmental defenders, who will discuss their projects in the gallery.” – ONCA Co-director Persephone Pearl

The events programme will be announced here when it is finalised. Some events will be BSL interpreted. 

Confirmed contributors:

Suzanne Dhaliwal

Dian Ekowati, WEGO

Joshua Virasami

Brighton Youth Strike for Climate


Image: Deru Anding illustration of Borneo rainforest