Visiting the Coat of Hopes climate artwork in Worthing was ‘powerful, memorable and uplifting’

Barbara Keal, the artist behind the Coat of Hopes project, traveled to the city to talk about the Coat of Hopes and its journey to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.

Each patch of the coat is a sewn-together piece of blanket in which people have written their hopes and fears about the worsening climate. There is also a song – “The Song of the Coat of Hopes”, written and sung by Barbara – which is traditionally sung whenever a new person puts it on.

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The idea behind putting on the cloak is to invite the wearer to feel its weight and warmth and briefly become the protagonist in the story of climate breakdown, and for the wearer to speak of their own sorrows, memories, prayers or hopes for his local. region.

Barbara Keal talks about the coat of hopefuls

At a public event at the Coast Café, Worthing, Barbara met young mayor Henny Sonnemann-Petty and asked him about his hopes for Worthing.

Henny said when she moved to Worthing from London she gained the ability to connect with nature and wants to help protect it, and hopes people can raise awareness of things that need to be done in an accessible way , encouraging and fun.

Emma Cameron, event organizer and administrator of Worthing’s new Climate Emergency Centre, said: ‘My experience of wearing the coat has been that in those times it has allowed me to notice my deep connection with the earth and my own power, briefly unaffected. by the demands of others and the urgency I often feel in the face of the climate emergency.

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