Guy Abrahams is CEO and Co-Founder of CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate and instigator of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015, a festival of climate change engaged art and ideas. Guy holds Arts and Law degrees from Monash University, and a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne. He has been actively involved in the visual arts and environment fields for over thirty years.
Guy was Director of Christine Abrahams Gallery, one of Australia’s leading contemporary art galleries, for twenty-two years. Guy has held many positions including as board member of the National Gallery of Victoria Art Foundation, the Banksia Environmental Foundation, the Melbourne Art Fair, and President of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association. He is currently Chair of the City of Melbourne Art & Heritage Collection Panel, and a valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
Recent publications include Climate science is looking to art to create change, The Conversation, 7 May 2015, co-authored with David Karoly, and What climate art can do that climate science can’t, Arts Hub, 16 April 2015.
Guy is convinced that the creative power of the arts can inform, engage and motivate action on climate change and other sustainability issues. Undoubtedly, a rational and scientific engagement is vital to forming and enacting solutions to these challenges. But a cultural shift is also needed, and artists have the capacity to begin and reinforce this movement. Their work can help develop a cultural narrative that recognises the reality of our present, and inspires a vibrant, positive vision of the future.