Sylvia
Grace Borda

Project: Actioning Care: Climate Arts for Resilient Environments

Sylvia Grace Borda is an artist and social innovator acknowledged for her research about the built environment and climate change through contemporary arts and regenerative practice. She is the founder of C.A.R.E. (Climate Arts for Resilient Environments). In this capacity Sylvia has been producing socially engaged and contemporary artwork across photography, video and emergent technologies to research and respond to changing urban and rural landscapes. She was recipient of the EU-funded “Frontiers in Retreat” arts fellowship (2013-17). A commission to develop ecological artworks for the Helsinki International Arts Programme and Mustarinda Arts (Finland), Serde Arts Centre (Latvia), and Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Sylvia has spoken at the British Council’s ‘Absorbing Modernity’ Venice Biennale roundtable in Northern Ireland, the Glasgow Lighthouse ‘Recasting Modernism seminar’, and the International Union for the Congress of Nature (UN Forum 2016) about the arts as a conduit to chronicle, reflect and action the cultural preservation of regional and natural environments. Sylvia has contributed articles to AAI:Building Material, Photography & the Artist's Book, and Banff New Media Institute Dialogues. She also exhibits internationally. Her artworks have been reviewed in journals, such as Canadian Architect, Architecture Today, AJ, and Photomonitor.

The Project

In urban environments, brownfield sites and transmission corridors often constitute the second largest land parcels after parkland. Yet these sites remain under-utilized for public engagement or ecological development. My project involves firstly working with numerous stakeholders to demonstrate how, by expanding native ecosystems to increase C02 absorption, these enhancements can directly add to human wellbeing and ecological stewardship. And secondly using the visual arts to transform corridors into eco-cultural and stewardship destinations, with the aim to incentivize others to rethink how small actions can collectively create climate-resilient strategies for community benefit, and directly contribute to reducing GHG and climate impacts.