hope calling

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead


Hope Calling is an art and environment project for young people and adults who are concerned about climate change, global justice, species loss, or the future for their grandchildren.  By participating in one of the day-long workshops they will share in making the installation of Nests of Hope with World Eggs to form a rookery to be exhibited in Norwich (possibly other locations).  Art can communicate in an alternative language when words fail.  Our intention is to make nine nests, one for each parliamentary constituency in Norfolk. Each MP will be invited to the exhibitions and will receive a photobook recording images and writing from the workshops.
We hope the experience of contributing by making will enhance participants’ sense of community as they strive to raise awareness of the issues around climate change and the need for a cultural shift towards a society of people mindful of their consumption, and with compassion for all living now and those to come.  It is hoped that visitors to the exhibitions, will see the power and passion of those who care about our world, and be encouraged to hear the call to change.

A wonderful opportunity for young people and adults to collaborate and imaginatively express their fears and hopes for the future of our shared planet  Teresa Belton, author of Happier People Healthier Planet

Climate change is often characterised as being too big and too awesome to do anything about. Karen Whiterod has created a way where everyone can overcome that inertia. She has produced an artistic experience where everyone can contribute. In Hope Calling she has fashioned nests of hope. This is a form or rookery where young people and adults can add to the sticks and eggs of the ceramic nests all manner of images and artefacts to show their hope for a better future. Combine this with opportunities to lower future carbon related emissions, and get the county’s MPs involved, and Karen has shown that imaginative art conveys meaning, solidarity and community unity. These are vital ingredients for any transition to a lower carbon sustainable future
Professor Tim O’Riordan OBE DL FBA

One-day Saturday workshops to make World Eggs.

Young people, 14 – 16 years old, are invited to make world eggs from local clay with Georgina Warne. During the day they can compose a message to share through prose writing or haikus, which will be available during the exhibitions.

Unfired eggs - once fired they become a beautiful mottled terracotta orange.

One-day Saturday workshops to make Nests of Hope.

Come to a one-day workshop with Karen Whiterod to make the “sticks” which form the nests. These will be made from copper wire, extracted from used and discarded power and communication cables, to form words demanding action and expressing hope.

hope calling

Layers of wire writing will come together to form a rook-like rambling nest for the World Eggs.


The workshops will take place in eight locations, Norwich, Swaffham, Diss, Cromer, Gt Yarmouth, Aylsham, Wymondham and King's Lynn.
A further funding application is being made to enable this project to be Norfolk-wide.  We presently have achieved some funding through crowdfunding and some additional funding from the Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund. Further information will be added to this webpage.   Contact Karen Whiterod if you would like to take part.  Please let us know if you have unwanted and used power and telecommunication cables.

If you are interested to know about the artists in this project, then go to http://www.georginawarne.co.uk for Georgina Warne and http://www.axisweb.org/p/karenwhiterod for Karen Whiterod