The Expo’ will offer an imaginative and artistic perspective on the multidimensional facets of the ecological crisis. The inspiring conceptual framework is the UN Agenda 2030: a United Nations blueprint, signed in 2015, which calls for a global partnership to improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions of our planet, according to the principles of sustainability, equality, and inclusiveness.

IDEE – Short description

Concept: IDEE consists of activating an itinerant creative and educational journey which, with visual artworks, will illustrate the challenges of the climate crisis, through the 17 objectives of sustainable development, and a more general reflection on the contemporary ecological and social crisis (more details here).

Target audience : Youth are the main beneficiaries of the project: (i) Pupils from different schools involved; (ii) Young people from the Communes involved (i.e. Maison des Jeunes and other youths centers)

Partners: (i) 17 individual artists who have joined the project (here); (ii) Coolture asbl; Art’shock clown asbl; Climate Commission and Citizen Maison Commune of Mamer; Eurostat; EU Climate Pact Ambassador; Sustainability Officer of University of Luxembourg (here).

Main outputs:

  • Exhibition in Hosting Schools: School joining IDEE will host the Expo’ made of final aluminum panels (exposable also outside) together with physical artworks available – according to a calendar to be discussed;
    • Panels are connected through QR code to thematic scientific contents;
    • Scientific workshops and storytelling are offered by Gaialux asbl and experts from Gaialux network.
  • Art Contest in Active Schools: A sample of schools will actively participate to the Expo’ (see regulations  – and  how to contribute as school and student ):
    • Collective artwork by students on one topic of the Agenda 2030 according to its own syllabus, school priority, students’ preferences.
    • Individual students could also join with individual artworks;
    • Physical artworks are preferred;
    • A representative and impartial jury of students will vote for a prize for each of the works created in relation to the criteria of the project (each work will receive a prize – a special prize to be defined … planting a TREE??).
    • There will be public events and IDEE’s school events during which the works will be exhibited and students will be invited to present the works carried out.

IDEE – Expo’ regulations

Artists joining the Expo’ choose one of the SDGs (sustainable development goals – please see our website or any other UN official website for the SDGs. At the moment  the SDGs covered are the following 1 – 2 – 5 – 6 – 10 – 12 – 14 – 15 – 16);

Artworks will be reproduced on panels (for exterior), reproduced in high-quality resolution and with the support of a graphist;

Artists will allow Gaialux the right to expose the artwork during special expositions – while still belonging to the artist –  and to reproduce the artwork on panels;

Artists will be following their style and creativity, with the requirement of:

  • Respecting the following proportion in order to reproduce the artwork on the panel approx. 75 x 100 (the size can be different but the proportion should be respected);
  • having a prevalence of the color of the chosen SDG.

Each panel will report on the panel frame:

  • Name of the artist;
  • Title and a short description of the SDG;
  • A QR code to be connected to some virtual content on Gaialux webpage;
  • A short paragraph by the artist to explain her/his inspiration
  • Sdg description, best practice in Luxembourg, stories poems.

Artists are encouraged to produce physical artwork:

  • this will allow to have the artwork proposed in the silent auction and/or sponsored to potential buyers. 
  • Some of the Institutions sponsoring the Expo’ have a preference to expose the Artwork if physical.

Gaialux will give maximum visibility to the artworks which will be promoted in a silent auction on the website and/or other marketing solutions (to be defined). This will be discussed later on with the artists:

  • a small percentage of the profit could go to finance the educational content of the project.

“Imaginez la Durabilitè” is supported by a network of schools:

  • Schools will host the Expo’ according to a calendar to be defined accordingly.
  • At the moment ISL, International School Gaston Thorne, Lucius, EEL1, EEL2, St. George International, Lycée Schumann joined the network
  • More schools are invited to join;
  • Art teachers and students are invited to contribute with some artwork on a chosen goal.
  • Artists who are available to teach students would propose ateliers with students – this would be a paid service.

IDEE – School and Institutions how to contribute…

If you are a teacher or student

The Expo’ can be hosted in your school and will allow you to draw students’ attention to the current debate on the climate crisis, and in particular on the 2030 Agenda, by focusing on the multidimensional facets of ecological transition. The language of art will play a key role in stimulating a critical and thoughtful approach to the current social and ecological issues, and it will offer an imaginative perspective on the different sustainable goals, and talk about creative and concrete experiences of change around the world and here in Luxembourg.

The expected outputs of the Expo are as follows

Hosting School

  • the Expo’ will be exhibited on school premises or outdoors;
  • Scientific/art workshops proposed by Gaialux team and experts (see below as per the Active School);

Active School

Art contest: a sample of schools join to actively produced an artwork, inspired by the Expo.

  • Students and art teachers are invited to contribute to the Expo’ (taking into account the regulations listed above, especially with regard to the requested proportions) accordingly to their preferred topic.
  • Individual artworks by students are welcome.
  • Each school – student chooses one goal of their preference according to school priorities, syllabus, and students’ preferences;
  • Students’ illustrations will enrich the Expo’, will be exhibited together with the other illustrations, and will be hosted on the Gaialux site.
  • Specific events and final events will be scheduled:
    • In partner schools, partner institutions, and official events in the city students are invited to present their artworks, share their own reflections on the climate topic they have represented, and receive special official recognition.
    • Each artwork will be evaluated according to different criteria (artistic quality, originality, goal representation, teamwork);
    • Special prize to be defined.
  • The Expo’ in its digital version on the website of will also allow to portray the best sustainable practices from the schools. This will help build awareness and synergies within the schools of Luxembourg in addition to facilitating engagement and active use of the Expo’ by the students.

Gaialux team will support this process with a Pedagogical Journey

  • Introduction and brainstorming on Agenda 2030 (interactive, problem-based)
  • If possible:
    • The SDGs workshop will target eco committees and any other interested student, in addition to art students
    • Specific additional goal: activate ‘ecospeakers’
      • Ecospeakers will play the role of connectors and facilitators with the support of Gaialux
      • They will support in different ways (posters, talks, videos) the brainstorming on the SDG to be chosen by the art students
      • They will participate in meetings among students from other schools – following the Expo’ when hosted –  in order to share ideas/best practices.

Gaialux experts will offer workshops to better explore art techniques and the SDGs topics

  • Workshops (depending on school preference/calendar – problem-based and interactive approach, interactive, quiz, short movie,):
  • Art atelier with the artist
  • Vegetable gardening lab (introduction to permacultura)

If you are an institution

  • Workshops on Art&Sustainability focus on the local ecosystem can be offered (community centers, youth centers).
  • The Expo’ could be hosted in your public spaces, offer the possibility to engage citizens in specific actions for sustainability, support public authorities with informative material, and create opportunities for discussion.
  • We imagine public events and cultural competitions on subjects related to the specific objectives of the 2030 Agenda where artists could come to explain their creative points of view and actors of good practices come to pitch their actions.
  • Vulnerable categories of citizens will be a priority for the Expo’ exhibition, such as elderly centers, foyers hosting people with disabilities, and refugees.

The artists of “Imaginez la Durabilité” / Les artistes de “Imaginez la Durabilité”

The Expo’ is kindly supported by Ben Carter / L’Expo’ est aimablement soutenu par Ben Carter

Installation LOGO of Gaialux made by Donatella Massoli – For-Me design

Each artist will represent an SDG

Chaque artiste représentera un SDG

Sonia Sion
“Prosperity for all”
“Prosperity is not available to everyone or is out of reach for many … the pottery bowl is turned upside down for many human beings”
Simone Lazzaretti
“Magic Beans”
“For now I ask no more than the justice of eating“- Pablo Neruda
Olga Reiff
“Well Being”
 “Happiness is the highest form of health”, by the Dalai Lama
“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything”, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Catherine Winandy Peintre
“…Alors oui, aujourd’hui, mon art est un art qui dénonce.
Il dénonce, entre autre, les inégalités en matière d’éducation…”
Miriam R. Krüger
‘Gender Equality
“Gender inequality is an issue that affects us all in one way or
another. If we work together, we will one day achieve real change in
Ane Erezue
“Water, Water, Water / Deep, Angry, Beautiful, Water/ Blue, Icy, Cascading, Water / Clean, Swimming, Liquid, Water / Cold, Wavy, Bubbly, Water / Hot, Boiling, Evaporating, Water / Water, Water, Water”
Julia Ruhmann
Francesco Sarracino
In the foreground an arid land and the remains of fish, and in the background line two people who seem to be looking in opposite directions. This photo talks about the destruction of the environment and the relationships between people. A survival built on a devastated world
Artworks from involved schools
Pierluigi D’Alessio
‘Listen to me’
Artworks from involved schools
Frédérique Thiriart
‘Futur proche ‘
La vie persiste sur un continent de déchets flottant sur un océan à l’agonie
Artworks from involved schools
Gianmarco Design
“Underwater, we’re all hooked to the spiral of life”“
Romy Zangerlé
Trees are the essence of life: without them, nature, humans, birds, animals, and the very vitality that fuels our joy of living wouldn’t exist.”
Nicole Trigatti
Portfolio GRAPIQUE on Behance
Artworks from involved schools

Artists to be confirmed

Elisabetta Mitrovic;;
Anna Forlati
Raphael Gindt
Thomas Isier

Partners, Sponsors, Friends of the project / Partenaires, Sponsors, Amis du projet

The Expo’ is co-funded by

Caritas Foundation

Sommers Foundation

The Expo’ is sponsored and supported by

Cooltur asbl
Arti’chok asbl
Commission de l’Environnement et de l’Energie et Commission  de l’égalité des chances et de l’inclusion sociale – Gemeng Mamer
The European Climate Pact initiative
‘Des Livres et des Ailes/Books and Wings’ for supporting this project through narrative and scientific contents
‘ProgettoIpazia’ supports this project through narrative and scientific contents

The Expo’ will be exhibited in schools and public spaces. Please see our current schools