LOW CARBON WEST OXFORD- LCWO
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Beehive by Lois Muddiman – this is an old broken beehive which has been lined with (approx 90cm x 90cm x 150 cm)
A renewable energy piece - Tall iron cage, filled with coal, which supports a horizontal blade of a wind turbine. ( h160cm, w 40cm, b140cm)
Enough by Mim Saxl. 6 letters, each 19cm across by 23cm tall, and 2-3cm deep. Stuffed with plastics collected from the river on an evening kayaking trip.
LCWO 10-year anniversary timeline graphic, designed by Lisa Made It
KidsCAN materials – a set of 3 A4 booklets (one of them folding out to an A3 poster), designed by Lisa Made It
Suburban bird haiku series by Helen Reid (poet and founding member of LCWO)
about the Artist(s)
Lois Muddiman is an artist, activist and creative thinker who is passionate about social and environmental justice issues and building stronger communities. Her practice is a combination of public art, social sculpture and creative place making.
Lois’ commissions include the “Nice Cup of Tea” installation for the Ashmolean Museum, a circular stone bench for EF Language School, and temporary installations for Refill. Her work has been exhibited in Modern Art Oxford, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London and the National Gallery of Art, Tirana, Albania.
As well as her art practice, Lois currently has 3 part-time roles, for Oxford Computer Consultants developing a website to help voluntary organisations, as a Community Connector for Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums and as Festival Producer for Oxford Christmas Light Festival.
Lois began her career in education working at a secure children’s home, a middle school and an EFL school. She then worked as a freelance trainer, before being appointed as Festival Director for Oxfordshire Artweeks. More recently she has worked in the field of community development, community led planning and stakeholder engagement for several Local Authorities and Housing Associations.
Lois has a first class Fine Art degree from Oxford Brookes University and a degree in History and politics from Kent University.
In a voluntary capacity, Lois was a founding member of the charity, Low Carbon West Oxford and 2 social enterprises, West Oxford Community Renewables and Hogacre Eco Park. She was also Chair of West Oxford Community Association, which runs her local community centre, for 10 years.
Mim Saxl is a climate activist, photographer and mother, and has worked in community-based climate action for over 15 years. She is interested in how we communicate climate change in a way that empowers effective action and safeguards mental health, with particular focus on how we engage with children. She has an MSc (Oxon) in ‘Nature, Society and Environmental Policy’, and has worked for Climate Outreach, the British Council, NERC and the Environmental Change Institute.
Mim joined award-winning Low Carbon West Oxford (LCWO), an early CAG, as Lead Programme Manager, shortly before the group’s tenth birthday in 2017. LCWO was founded in 2007 in response to devastating local floods.
Mim created this piece for LCWO’s ‘Midsummer Meander’ art trail (in residential windows and public spaces) in 2019, part of a one-year project to celebrate the river in West Oxford (“Unlocking the Power of our River”, delivered in partnership with Osney Lock Hydro and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund). Echoing LCWO’s iconic founding photograph - the community knee-deep in floodwaters on the Botley Road, holding six big red letters that spelled ‘ENOUGH’ – Mim organized a group of local artists to highlight key threats to local wildlife, recreating ‘ENOUGH’ in different ways. Here, she wanted to highlight the outrageous levels of plastic contamination in our rivers; the letters are filled with the rubbish that Mim (a keen kayaker) and friends collected in a single evening paddle on the Thames in June 2019.
Photographs of this installation in situ and other exhibits can be seen on the project’s website:
Helen Reid Helen Reid is a poet, carer, and founding member of Low Carbon West Oxford. She is also poet in residence at Hogacre Common Eco Park. She has had her work published in several journals and is about to have her first pamphlet published, This haiku sequence is about the birds she sees around her in West Oxford. She believes that the more people notice and name the wildlife around them in their own communities, the more they will want to preserve it.
about the group
Low Carbon West Oxford (LCWO) was set up after the summer floods of 2007 by residents concerned about climate change and local flooding.
It is a community-led initiative which aims to combat climate change by cutting our community carbon dioxide emissions by 80 % by 2050, encouraging residents to live more sustainably, and contributing to a more cohesive and resilient community.
We seek to work in an inclusive manner and ensure that everyone who lives and works in the area has a chance to participate in and benefit from LCWO’s projects.
help households make energy (and financial) savings
promote the consumption of sustainable sources of food
provide information and support residents, and encourage them to
take action and share ideas
collaborate with other relevant local and national groups and networks
encourage local authorities and the government to do more to combat climate change
Since we began our work in 2007, LCWO has implemented a number of measures such as renewable energy generation, tree planting, waste reduction, a car club, and a Low Carbon Living Programme, all of which have achieved carbon reductions every year.
As well reducing C02 emissions LCWO’s projects also generate social and economic benefits including; financial savings from reduced energy bills, access to expert advice and grants, training, etc.
A DECC-commissioned GKNOP survey in 2011 following Low Carbon Communities Challenges found ‘a positive and significant increase in environmentally friendly behaviours in West Oxford compared to comparison communities and national figures which can therefore be attributed to community action’.
We also aim to share good practice with others, as well as influence policy nationally and globally.