One of Harrison’s contributions to Two Degrees festival in 2011 and now on a life-long tour of UK arts venues. These four signs were designed to mimic those you might find outside a garage or a Bureau de Change. On a mission ‘promote’ climate change, they try hard to grab the attention of passers-by.
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The Early Warning Signs project was one of the outcomes of A Good Climate for Business – Harrison’s residency at Two Degrees festival at Artsadmin in London from 12-18 June 2011.

This series of four ‘climate / change’ signs was produced to be displayed outside Artsadmin on London’s Commercial Street for the duration of the festival. They aimed to act as beacons for Two Degrees – utilising the brazen marketing techniques of capitalism, not as a tool to sell us more, but as a tool to simply remind us of the consequences of our consumption.

Whilst in residence, Harrison began to acknowledge the contradictions inherent in producing such material-heavy permanent signs for the sake of a one-week festival, especially one that was meant to be addressing issues of sustainability. By the end of Two Degrees, it seemed vital for the festival’s and the artist’s integrity, that the four ‘climate / change’ signs be allowed to continue to promote their cause long into the future.

And so the Early Warning Signs project was born. In the spirit of her new mantra ‘reduce, reuse, recycle your art’ and in an attempt to address the responsibility the contemporary artist should have to the objects she produces, Harrison decided to become the facilitator of a life-long project to continue to tour the four signs to different public locations throughout the UK.

Each autumn, four new host venues are invited to ‘adopt a sign‘, agreeing to keep it on public display for the following year.

Since 2011, the signs have been displayed outside more than forty venues in all corners of the British Isles, each documented on the project website.

These include: Two Degrees Festival, Artsadmin, Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award, Beacon Art Project, The Hidden Gardens, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Site Gallery, Eastside Projects, Travelling Gallery, Castlefield Gallery, Space Station Sixty-Five, Beaconsfield, Gallery of Modern Art (2014), FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), Aspex Gallery, NN Contemporary Art, Spike Island, The Tetley, Gallery of Modern Art (2015), QUAD, Arcola Theatre, Edinburgh Printmakers, The Bowling Harbour Project, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, ONCA Centre for Arts & Ecology, Deveron Projects, ATLAS Arts, Solent Showcase, UH Arts, BOM (Birmingham Open Media), Democracy House, CCA Derry~Londonderry, Central Saint Martins, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Kinning Park Complex, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, PEER and Hoxton Trust, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Impact Arts, The Bowling Green, The Hidden Gardens (2021), Woodlands Community Garden and The Mitchell Library in Glasgow where all four signs were re-united during COP26 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project.

Photo: Mathew Parkin