31 January 2017
Actor And Campaigner Lucy Lawless Heads up Climate Talk at CoCA
A talk by actor and Greenpeace Climate Ambassador Lucy Lawless and climate-focused campaigners will be the closing
highlight of CoCA’s provocative exhibition, Precarious Nature.
Lawless, best known for her title role in “Xena” and more recently for starring in the Starz cable television series
“Spartacus”, is also a vocal and active climate campaigner.
In February 2012, Lawless and six other activists climbed a drilling tower on the Arctic-bound vessel Noble Discoverer
to protest oil exploration in the Arctic. Lawless considers this action a ‘great victory’ and has continued to represent
Greenpeace as a Climate Ambassador.
The Deep Sea & Our Precarious Nature (Saturday 18 February, 5pm) features a line up of speakers who campaign to stop deep sea oil drilling off the coast of
New Zealand, including Alex Monteith, Precarious Nature exhibiting artist; Charles Drace, a campaigner and activist for Oil Free Ōtautahi and Kate Simcock, Greenpeace Climate
Precarious Nature is a group exhibition about environmental change and the impact of human activity on nature, with the artists tackling
issues such as the decline of the honeybee, deforestation, pollution and consumerism. With the exhibition as the
backdrop, the speakers will discuss the facts that affect nature and the wider implications caused by governments and
Paula Orrell, CoCA’s Artistic Director, said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming our speakers Lucy, Alex, Charles and
Kate to CoCA; it’s an amazing event to bring Precarious Nature to a close with.
“None of the works of art in this exhibition are comforting or easy and I think it’s safe to say visitors have been affected by them - which is exactly what we
intended. Through our public talks, film screenings and workshops, we’ve given people somewhere to go with what they’ve
experienced and ways to take action.”
The Deep Sea & Our Precarious Nature is at CoCA on Saturday 18 February, 5-7pm
Admission $10 or $5 for Friends of CoCA. To book your ticket to this event, visit http://www.coca.org.nz/events/deep-sea-talk-with-lucy-lawless
Precarious Nature ends on Sunday 19 February.