As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for Early Warning Signs all four signs were brought to Glasgow and installed at various community venues across the city in the run-up to COP26. The yellow on black sign was installed at The Bowling Green. For Glasgow Open House Arts Festival on Saturday 25 September 2021, Harrison led a special Bike & Talk event around Glasgow to visit the four signs - from Woodlands Community Garden in the West End to Impact Arts in the East End and then to The Bowling Green and The Hidden Gardens in the Southside.
At the end of October 2021, the 10th anniversary celebrations will conclude when all four signs are re-united for first time since the project began at Artsadmin in 2011 at one central location in Glasgow for COP26.
Applications are now being sought for a host venue for this sign in 2022. If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Artsadmin and the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award in London, The Hidden Gardens at Tramway in Glasgow, Eastside Projects in Birmingham, Beaconsfield in London, NN Contemporary Art in Northampton, QUAD in Derby, ACCA in Sussex, Solent Showcase in Southampton, CCA Derry~Londonderry, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and now The Bowling Green too, then please see further information about how to 'adopt a sign'.
The Bowling Green was thrilled to host Ellie Harrison's Early Warning Sign during October/November. What made this artwork extremely relevant was the fact the climate crisis was very much on everyone's mind; we have four primary schools right at our doorstep with children being regular visitors as well as Minga Indigena holding their workshops at The Bowling Green for COP26. Our space was widely used with hundreds of visitors coming in each day with people from across the globe. Everyone was so curious about the sign and how we had it, was it for them? We even had BBC Arabic interview me and Ellie with the sign prominently in the backdrop. It all seemed so fitting!
The kids did really engage with the sign. They live in such a digital world that something analogue and touchable that could flicker like that really captivated them. They would look at it and kind of zone out then say hmm look at that it says 'climate change'. That's clever.
- Rachel Anderson, Outdoor Education Provider, Urban Roots