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Aimee Smith

Sustainability and Climate Change Professional, Dancer, Choreographer

Country: Australia
Cohort: CCL Australia 2023


"For me, Creative Climate Leadership is about using, and advocating for, the power of the arts, culture and creative practice to help us understand, navigate and transform from the climate crisis. It does this in a multitude of ways including, most powerfully for me, hosting and opening space for deep listening, embodied knowing, reflection, connection and future-dreaming."


Aimee Smith is an award winning choreographer and climate change professional working for 20 years at the intersection of these two fields.

As a choreographer Aimee has created over 15 professional productions including Borderline, Wintering, Accidental Monsters of Meaning and The Futures Project, and has an extensive community arts and cultural exchange practice. She is inspired by the capacity of art and creative experiences to hold spaces for dialogue about the issues of our time, and to imagine the kind of future(s) we want to create.

With a Masters in Sustainability and Climate Policy, Aimee has also worked as a climate change professional across government, business and academia. She has supported arts companies and festivals to develop and implement sustainability strategies and climate action plans, and co-founded Arts and Cultural Workers for Climate Action (ACWCA) to mobilise WA artists & cultural workers for the global student climate strikes.

Project Highlights

Snapshot of strategy work with arts organisations and festivals

The Last Great Hunt – Sustainability Strategy & Climate Action Plan

Currently supporting arts organisations and festivals to develop sustainability and climate action plans, measure their baseline emissions, and communicate climate ambitions to their audiences.

Wintering. Choreographed by Aimee Smith. Performed by Rhiannon Newton and Jenni Large. Sound Composition by Ben Taaffe, Craig McElhinney & Kane Ikin. Lighting Design by Trent Suidgeest. Visual Images by Kynan Tan.

Wintering – Dance Production

Wintering is a contemporary dance work inspired by the fragility and strength of an iced landscape. This immersive and meditative contemporary dance work asks the questions; What is it to live in a changing and disintegrating world? How do we sit with the tension between beauty and destruction, hope and fear? Wintering opens a conversation about climate change not by facing the familiar politics of the issue but instead bravely attempting to reveal the subtle emotional and disquieting nature within.

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