Extinction Rebellion has become known for its colourful flags, its impactful artwork and visually dramatic actions. When a new action is devised, there is often a need for props, costumes, banners etc that communicate the message in a visually striking way.

Within the region in the last few years, we have been involved in a local art exhibition entitled ‘Earth Requiem’; created sewn, embroidered and knitted banner panels for COP 26; and made various props and costumes including a wooden ark made from pallets and an oil rig made from the ark(!). Banner painting is always a great collaborative effort, as are block printing and screen printing.

The Dead Canaries Samba Band is based in the North East with regular practice sessions in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park. The band brings a carnival vibe to any XR gathering and is always looking for new members.