Stories of Change: The past, present and future of energy

Blog 15 Jun 2016

Utopia Works at the Utopia Fair, Somerset House

Utopia Works at the Utopia Fair, Somerset House. Photo: Gorm Ashurst.

The challenge for the utopian working day is to develop an idea about alternative energy futures and create a story for energy change.

The Stories of Change team will entertain Utopian Fair goers with their Energy Dream Cloud photobooth, a ‘Model London’ workshop, pamphleteering and printing activities, and soapbox readings about stories of energy change, some of which were generated by project activities.

A Year of Imagination and Possibility celebrates the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s inspirational text. A year of artists, designers, provocateurs and thinkers experimenting with ways we might live, make, work and play. , held at Somerset House in London, will bring together 35 representatives from contemporary utopian movements from all over the UK will take up stalls celebrating the pockets of utopia that are flourishing around the country from Newcastle to Merthyr Tydfil, Sheffield to Scotland, Brighton to Doncaster plus a range of London sites.

Each representing different utopian ways of living in the 21st century, stalls will feature interactive displays, events and activities and explore topics including the environment and city-living, food and fashion, community inclusiveness and arts and craft practices.

Presented in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Connected Communities programme, the Utopia Fair will showcase the creative outcomes from 25 AHRC-funded projects alongside 10 additional initiatives that have been hand-selected by Somerset House. These projects work to bring together local community groups, researchers, activists and artists across the UK to explore how utopian ideals can be used to benefit the environmental and social future of our communities.

The Utopia Fair takes place 24-26 June 2016 at Somerset House, London. Details found .