Under Her Eye: a festival celebrating pioneering women

This two-day Euston event is dedicated to female environmentalists in science, art, economics and technology. And much of it is free

Under Her Eye

Did you know there’s a special weekend of thought, action and performance hitting Euston in early June?

Award-winning science collective Invisible Dust is bringing together what they’re calling “a range of extraordinary women” to tackle the environmental challenges of our age.

Furthermore, over two days of talks, workshops and events Under Her Eye will engage thousands of visitors – and millions online too.

On the Friday (1st June) something of a “thought-leadership” summit will be held at the British Library. A full day of talks and workshops held by female artists, scientists, activists, innovators and influencers, it’s a comprehensive exploration of climate change.

And, if you were hooked by the awesome Handmaid’s Tale, the headliner is Booker-prize winning author Margaret Atwood, whose ‘speculative fiction’ has long grappled with issues of climate change, gender, capitalism and politics.

In fact, she’s inspired a whole new generation of ‘cli-fi’ writers, and her adaptation of her classic for TV recently swept the board, winning awards at the Golden Globes, Emmys and Writers’ Guild.

Margaret Atwood will be headlining. Photo: Liam Sharp
Meanwhile, on Saturday, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a series of free, participatory public arts installations and workshops (sponsored by Euston Town), which will invite people to consider climate change through the everyday tangible elements of the air we breathe, food we eat and water that’s around us.

A highlight? It has to be the premiere of Human Sensor LDN by artist Kasia Molga: this incredible installation, which will move between Euston Station and Regent’s Place, utilises cutting edge wearable tech, real time air pollution readings and performance to explore air pollution. You really have to see it to believe it.

Elsewhere, in a marquee on the surprisingly tranquil British Library piazza, you can taste locally produced food, explore “sensory rituals” and enjoy a “sustainability feast” in conjunction with artists Gayle Chong Kwan and the Skip Garden in King’s Cross. There’ll also be free screenings of award-winning film-maker Margaret Salmon’s Shore.

“We know that women in the arts give a unique perspective when it comes to climate change,” says co-leader of the UK Green Party Caroline Lucas, “and that they will have an important role to play in the future. There is a rich history of women guarding our environment – which is why they should be front and central to efforts aiming to counteract climate change.”

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Under Her Eye, Friday 1st June Summit: British Library, London (9:30am – 6pm, tickets £30-45). Saturday 2nd June, Arts Festival: public art commissions, performances, workshops, screenings (12-10pm, mostly free). More info here.

Main image: Human Sensor LDN. Photo: Nick Harrison

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