Art recruited by Extinction Rebellion

Art and creativity have been mobilised in the climate change campaign of Extinction Rebellion, from multi-coloured banners to street performance, to dance, to clowns, to sculpture., to music, to street art around Whitehall and Trafalgar Square.

The Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in London through October also featured public activities, workshops and concerts thanks to the voluntary contributions of artists, both established and student, in a programme of events.

The main image shows flags painted by Otavio Avancini (photo: Richard Kaby) and by a group of protestors in a workshop led by the artist.

London tourists encountered Jeanne-Luc, a giant fabric pink octopus (photo: Kat Vinton), designed by the XR Tower Hamlets Art Group.

XR Rebel Clowns planted bulbs in Vauxhall gardens, and other activists planted 800 trees outside the Houses of Parliament to invite members of the public and MPs to collect them and plant them in a suitable area. The main intention was to raise awareness about the need for more trees to fight the climate crisis. 


And the Rebel Red Brigade, part of Doug Francisco’s Invisible Circus, dressed as druids in blood red with their faces painted in white (images Jaqueline Watson-Moule), confronting police silently and with open hands (images.  

Street theatre was provided by Guerrilla Theatre for October and DANCXR working together as Radical Street Performance.

Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are for the government to declare a climate and ecological emergency, halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025 and create a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.


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