Early Warning Signs

CCA Derry~Londonderry

CCA Derry~Londonderry

10-12 Artillery Street
BT48 6RG

The yellow on black sign was adopted by Catherine Hemelryk, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry~Londonderry to be displayed outside their building for the whole of 2019. This marked the first time a sign has visited Northern Ireland. At the end of the year, sign travelled back to Scotland to be displayed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

End of Year Report

By Catherine Hemelryk, Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry

CCA Derry~Londonderry adopted the yellow on black Early Warning Sign for 2019. This was the year that Climate Change was reclassified as the Climate Crisis, Greta Thunberg was Time Person of the Year, Extinction Rebellion brought cities to standstills and the world experienced yet more effects of climate change in the form of floods, freezes and ended with the tragedies of the Australia fires that have continued into 2020.

Here on the western edge of Europe the Early Warning Sign sat outside our door every day we were open to alert visitors and passers-by. It sat through rain, hail, snow and sun and spun thanks to the Atlantic wind from storms Gareth and the tail of Hurricane Lorenzo. The sign looked out at our Midsummer drawing project on our street and City Walls by Joan Alexander and Halloween laser drawings projected onto our facade by Robin Price.

The sign prompted conversations from our visitors including comments about the change to Crisis, swapping tips on how to be more environmentally friendly, discussions on wider policy and a great deal of interest in the project and its existence as a recyclable and reusable and keeping on going for so many years now. There was only supportive feedback from our audiences (that we are aware of). As an organisation we took the prompt from the sign to close in solidarity with the Climate Strike on 21 September 2019 and to encourage our visitors to join the strike on Guildhall Square, Derry/Londonderry. Even though the sign is moving on, we will continue to care, advocate and do our best to protect our planet.