New arts and sustainability expertise added to Creative Carbon Scotland Board

Creative Carbon Scotland has added expertise in climate solutions, business change and a creative practitice through new board members. Ragne Low, Lewis Hetherington, Clare Harris Matthew Rate have joined the  board at an exciting time in the organisation’s development. Creative Carbon Scotland believe that the arts and culture have an essential role in achieving the transformational

Revitalizing Rural China with Art and Design

by Yasmine Ostendorf I’m writing this from the misty mountains of Qingliangshan National Forest Park, a stunningly beautiful natural area in Zixi county, Jiangxi province, in rural China. The closest railway station (Nan Cheng) is over two hours away. It doesn’t just feel remote here, it really is. Though the soil is fertile, the people

On the Enduring Beauty, Power and Fragility of Water

American sculptor and installation artist Nancy Cohen is passionate about water, so much so that much of her work for the past 12 years has focused on the topic. Her large-scale installations are the product of significant research on the history and ecosystems of individual waterways that have been damaged by human interventions and climate change.

Ben’s strategy blog: Today the arts, tomorrow the world!

In the light of the climate change bill currently going through the Scottish Parliament, which makes clear that every part of Scottish society and business will need to radically reduce its carbon emissions, one of our Board members asked whether our work could be useful in other fields with lots of small-medium enterprises. We’ve been

Green Arts Conference 2019: Save the Date!

We are pleased to announce that our annual gathering and knowledge-exchange event for for the Green Arts community will take place on Tuesday 8 October in Edinburgh, Scotland, during Scotland’s Climate Week! The conference aims to be the central meeting point for Scotland’s cultural Green Champions, and those interested in how the arts and cultural

Crystalline: Hidden Monuments

by Maeve Mulrennan Irish visual artist Siobhán McDonald’s recent exhibition Crystalline: Hidden Monuments at Limerick City Gallery of Art explored geology, archaeology, human intervention, time and climate change through a series of interconnected bodies of work. Running from February 1 to March 31, 2019, the solo exhibition unfolded over several rooms in LCGA, beginning with the artist’s

Environmentalism Behind the Scenes on Broadway and Beyond

Sustainability and Broadway are two words that, on the surface, might not go together. Sustainability is a complex concept that seeks to ensure the natural environment is able to meet current and future needs, while Broadway is a cultural hub where theatregoers can escape and immerse themselves in the worlds of plays and musicals. But

Call for Proposals: Ecosomatics, near Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 23-25 2020

We are inviting contributions to a three-day residential symposium at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Michigan (April 23rd to 25th, 2020), funded and supported by the University of Michigan (Departments of English, Dance, Theatre, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Initiative on Disability Studies, Graham Sustainability Institute and the Program in the Environment) in collaboration

Wild Authors: Kathleen Dean Moore

by Mary Woodbury This month’s feature on authors who explore global warming in fiction covers Kathleen Dean Moore. Moore’s background in environmental activism and nature writing is abundant, though this article will also spotlight her newest novel Piano Tide (Counterpoint, 2017), winner of the 2017 Willa Cather Award for Contemporary Fiction and short-listed for the

The 2019 Artists & Climate Change Incubator – New York

New York City Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 2019 10am-5:30pm Fee: $385 Leader: Chantal Bilodeau Calling all artists, activists, scientists, and educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices! Join The Arctic Cycle for the third year of the Artists & Climate Change Incubator, July 22–26, 2019 in New York City. All disciplines are

Opportunity: New MSc in Managing Environmental Change

An exciting new MSc Managing Environmental Change has been launched by The University of Edinburgh The Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes is delighted to host a new MSc in Managing Environmental Change. This masters programme will be delivered by The University of Edinburgh, and offers unique opportunities for engaging with practitioners, policy makers, and

The Greatest Story of the 21st Century

Last week’s most important news story – the biodiversity crisis that threatens our own existence – was buried by celebrity coverage of royal births, Met galas and throne games. In the United States, it was simply not reported at all by the majority of prime-time networks. This week, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels exceeded the 415

Upcoming Exhibition – ART IN FLUX at Event Two

12th – 17th July 2019 Royal College of Art, Kensington, London, SW7 2EUImage: Current Climate, 2019. Image by Claudia Agati I am delighted to invite you to ART IN FLUX at Event Two, an exhibition I have co-curated and will be exhibiting a number of works in. Event Two at the Royal College of Art is an exhibition of historical and contemporary digital art and

Climate Change Theatre is LIT: A Study on the Performing Arts and Climate Change Engagement

by Carolyn Reeves Like many of us, I’ve spent a lot of time feeling disturbed, depressed, and defeated as the climate crisis grows. I’ve done a lot of soul searching to understand how I can transform my despair into something meaningful. Having long been fascinated and compelled by the power of art to command attention

Wild Authors: Jaimee Wriston Colbert

by Mary Woodbury Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of six books of fiction: Vanishing Acts, her new novel; Wild Things, linked stories, winner of the CNY 2017 Book Award in Fiction, finalist for the AmericanBookFest Best Books of 2017, and longlisted for the Chautauqua Prize; the novel Shark Girls, finalist for the USABookNews Best Books of 2010 and ForeWord Magazine

Opportunity: Commission to create recycling themed art installation

Environmental charity seeking artists to create a bold installation for a recycling campaign. The environmental charity Hubbub UK is looking for Scotland-based artists/designers/makers to create an eye-catching, bold installation for a recycling-on-the-go campaign. This will be a really great opportunity for a local artist to take part in a high-profile behaviour change campaign, as well as having

Venues and Companies Invited to Apply to Sustainable Fringe Awards 2019

The Sustainable Fringe Awards recognise innovative ideas that seek to tackle issues of climate change or environmental sustainability at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in design, content or execution. Artists and venues are invited to submit new, novel, creative or ambitious ideas for increasing the sustainability of their work, and nominate themselves to be a ‘Green

An Interview with Artist Tali Weinberg

by Amy Brady This month I have for you a fascinating interview with Tali Weinberg, an artist who utilizes weaving, sculpture, thread drawing, and works on paper to visualize climate data. As she says in our interview below, weaving “is a way to speak beyond binaries.” She understands “big data” to be “a relatively patriarchal,

Irish Green Arts Initiative launched

A new initiative has been launched to support the arts & cultural sector in Ireland to play its role in tackling the climate emergency, inspired by the pioneering work of the Scottish sector. Creative Carbon Scotland is delighted to be working with Theatre Forum to launch the Green Arts Initiative in Ireland, to build an interactive community of

Start your own Sustainable Fringe! – Sustainability Day at Fringe Central

At this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Creative Carbon Scotland, Staging Change and the University of Edinburgh’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department will be collaborating to produce a day of workshops, talks and activities to help Fringe-goers have a more #SustainableFringe. Join us in the Respite Room in Fringe Central (Venue 2) on Monday 5 August 2019 for