Environmental Art Festival Scotland 2015: what is art and ecology?

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland Photo: EAFS. Photo Colin Tennant The creative team at EAFS needed help this year and ecoartscotland provided some editorial support for the newspaper and an essay on art and ecology as voluntary contributions.  EAFS is an incredibly important development in Scotland (as was the UNFIX festival this year,

#GreenFests: Changing the World, Festival by Festival

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland The Edinburgh International Festival was founded shortly after the end of the Second World War with the intention of rejuvenating the cultural sectors of Scotland, Britain and Europe. As people came to terms with the tragedies of recent years, the festival set about facilitating the social change that

Opportunity: Open Call for Lead Artist of Schools Environmental Art Project

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland The Lifecycle of Stuff: Edinburgh Schools Art Project Call for Lead Artist Creative Carbon Scotland is offering the chance for a visual artist to lead a new three month Edinburgh schools environmental art project The Lifecycle of Stuff from late September to mid-December 2015. This is an exciting,

50 Shades of Green Conference Tickets Now Available!

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland We are excited to announce that tickets are now available for 50 Shades of Green: Stories of Sustainability in the Arts Sector! Taking place on 6 October 2015 at the Pearce Institute in Glasgow, Creative Carbon Scotland’s first annual conference will be the first time those working to

#GreenFests: Embrace your creativity and improve your life?

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Will Gompertz, former director of Tate Media and current Arts Editor at the BBC, this week gave a highly entertaining and engaging talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Having spent his career working with artists he has come to appreciate not just the quality of the work

#GreenFests: FSPA Shortlist Diary No.3

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Reviewing has ended and we now have a chance to reflect on the 21 shows we have seen over the past 3 weeks. This week our reviewers caught the final 6 shortlisted shows. For more information on all of the 21 shortlisted Fringe shows, click here. For details

Does anyone know Professor Paul Younger? Pt. 2

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland Professor Paul Younger invited me to meet him in his office at the University of Glasgow after he found the blog post. We had exchanged some emails resulting from the sequence of events triggered by 350.org’s ‘Do The Math’ and the wider divestment campaign. We discussed the reasons

Reducing emissions in the screen industry

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland CCS Carbon Reduction Project Manager Fiona MacLennan recently attended a training session on BAFTA’s Albert carbon calculator. Fiona shares thoughts and skills learned from her experiences on this course– I was recently invited to attend a training session held in the home of BAFTA in London on the

GAIA Resonant Visions at SER 2015 Manchester

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland The Society for Ecological Restoration annual conference is in Manchester 23-27 August and James Brady has put together an outstanding Arts Programme. “During the conference, two internationally renowned cultural venues in the city of Manchester will host GAIA – Resonant Visions: an exclusive cultural programme consisting of UK

#GreenFests: The Improbable City

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland The Improbable City is the theme for commissions at this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival. It’s based on the poetic novella Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, in which the great merchant traveller Marco Polo describes to the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan the wondrous cities he has encountered. The emperor

Glasgow Community Support For Stalled Space Fund – NOW OPEN

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland We’re sharing this Call from Glasgow City Council Forgotten Island (2011) – one of the first projects done under the Stalled Spaces initiative Do you wish to breathe life into a stalled site or an under-utilised open space within your neighbourhood? Ever thought of using it temporarily for…

Running a Green Event: the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award Ceremony

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Running an event can be stressful enough, so why bother adding to this by creating another aim or condition for your event? Being greener, however, doesn’t have to be difficult or more expensive – just look at this case study and you’ll already be making a green start.

#GreenFest: FSPA Shortlist Diary No.2

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland It has been another busy week for our reviewing team who have managed to fit in 8 shows from the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award shortlist. From a secret theater location accessed by bike, to a Dutch photography exhibition we have covered it all. For more information on the

#GreenFests: Harry Potter and the Greening of the Publishing Industry

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland The Edinburgh International Book Festival launched into action on Saturday with a hugely varied and exciting programme of events, discussing everything from mental health to terrorism, drugs to the BBC. We’ll be covering many of these – especially those that engage with environmental and social sustainability – on

John Newling: The Map Room of the Last Islands

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland Originally posted on On The Edge Research: Woodend Barn, Banchory, Aberdeenshire 22 August – 23 September 2015 This major exhibition of previously unseen work is a powerful, and visually beautiful, illustration of the ways in which artist John Newling explores the relationships between the natural world and systems

COP21 – The most important meeting this century?

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Creative Carbon Scotland Director Ben Twist reflects on the background to ArtCOP Scotland What is COP21? COP21 is the 21st annual Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the UNFCCC), a treaty about addressing climate change. Technically it’s the annual meeting of the

#GreenFests: Tragedy strikes the clowns as wigs no match for wind

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in full swing. The city is alive with the sounds of buskers and acapella groups, the sights of technicolour costumes, bizarre make-up, incredible acrobatics and somehow every building has become a venue (which makes sense since there are over 3000 events to accommodate!).

#GreenFests: Green denim – would you rent a pair of jeans?

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Sustainability was a major theme at this year’s Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. Events included a Sustainability Symposium where a panel examined whether a sustainable fashion industry is achievable, a screening of new documentary The True Cost and a talk Future of Fashion – Love, Lease, Lend which involved a presentation by

The 1,000 Percent Solution

This post comes to you from the Broadway Green Alliance   The 1,000 Percent Solution When Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre learned that 95% of its carbon footprint was beyond its control, they changed the equation. By Stan Friedman The Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto’s waterfront, is a complex complex. On a sprawling 10 acre site, leased from

More tickets released for ‘Achieving Social Change, Festival by Festival’ with Stella Hall

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Due to popular demand, we have moved our upcoming discussion event ‘Achieving Social Change, Festival by Festival‘ to a larger venue, now taking place on Thursday 20th August at 4pm at Fringe Central 2. This event will be led with a discussion by Stella Hall, founder of Newcastle’s Juice, EAT and