Q18 DESCRIBED: Letter from the Guest Editor

dis/sustain/ability defined Lead Editor’s note: We will be publishing excerpts from Q18: dis/sustain/ability, in order to make the content accessible to blind readers with audio screen readers. We’ll also be including audio descriptions of the Quarterly’s original layout designed by Stephanie Plenner, described by Katie Murphy. Please stay tuned for future posts and share widely.

Open Call: THE WALL 2020 | Trestle Gallery

Trestle Gallery is pleased to announce a new open call opportunity for site-specific projects for The Wall. Trestle Gallery will select 4 artists (or artistic collaborators/collectives) for the 2020 calendar year to execute a site-specific drawing, painting, or installation on our 8 x 10.25 foot entrance wall at our 850 3rd Avenue location. These projects will

Creative Climate Cities Profiles

Every city needs culture to animate action on the environment and rehearse new ways of co-existing. So we are delighted to launch a new report produced with World Cities Culture Forum titled Tackling Climate Change Through Culture. We highlight 14 cities across the world that are becoming smarter and more sustainable with creative climate initiatives explored across four thematic areas: policy and strategy; resource and support; partnerships

Music Declares Emergency

Julie’s Bicycle has joined forces with the Music Industry to declare a climate and ecological emergency. In the last week we’ve received more than 1,000 signatures on the declaration, from those who represent a broad spectrum of the UK music community, including institutions such as: Abbey Road Studios, AIM, the Association of Independent Festivals, Beggars Group, Believe, The BRIT School, Festival Republic, Kambe Events,

Podcast launch: The Colour Green

The first series of The Colour Green podcasts are now live! In these podcasts, as part of the Arts Council England environmental programme, Baroness Lola Young speaks with artists and activists of colour who are at the forefront of social innovation – connectingclimate justice, race, power and inequality. Guests include speculative fiction writer and pleasure activist, Ama Josephine Budge; artist

Blued Trees Goes to the Next Level!

Page Spread from “One Year of the Blued Trees Symphony” by Aviva Rahmni 2017, layout design byJudith Mayer, 2019. Aviva Rahmani is pleased to share the upcoming events that will help take Blued Trees to the next level! This month I begin a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) studio residency on Governors Island where I will work on aspects

Living Quilt for Santa Rosa

“Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” is a public art project by artist Jane Ingram Allen that was installed on Nov. 25, 2018 and funded by a grant from the City of Santa Rosa, CA. This video shows the progress of the “quilt” from installation to blooming flowers over 6 plus months. The photos are by

An Interview with Scientist/Game Developer Dargan Frierson

This month I have for you a fascinating interview with Dargan Frierson, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, and head of the EarthGames group. Frierson and his colleagues recently published a video game for smart phones called Climate Quest. The game follows a narrative arc of collective action: people of various backgrounds

Women of the World: Sing the Algonquin Water Song

by Susan Hoffman Fishman I recently came across a 2018 YouTube video entitled, Sing the Water Song. Its inspiring message and plea for women everywhere to become Keepers of the Water so as to express gratitude for and bring attention to our endangered waters, has prompted me to share the video/song with the readers of

Tickets launched for Green Arts Conference 2019

We’re delighted to announce you can now get your tickets for the Green Arts Conference 2019 which will be held on Tuesday 8th October in Edinburgh. ‘A fun, informal gathering of passionate sustainability experts and actioners. Expect to leave inspired, equipped and surprisingly satisfied with vegan desserts.’ –  2018 Conference Attendee Organised by Creative Carbon Scotland, the Green

Democratized Ecosystems

by Renée Rey Comment With the advent of modernity, the balance of nature has been disrupted by the lightning speed at which human-engineered technologies have ignited. In my telescopic paintings and mixed media artwork, I investigate societal constructs and existential narratives of equality, hierarchy in nature, and human interaction within the physical world. I examine

Open call for artists living in rural and remote locations

A selective membership programme for artists living rurally + interested in art + ecology. Creating a vast global network of connected topographies and reaching to the world’s most isolated places, the Arts Territory Exchange (aTE) facilitates collaboration between artists in remote and wilderness locations such as, islands, deserts, refugee camps, small communities or for those that feel

Ben’s Strategy Blog: Climate thinking-caps on!

This month Ben’s been talking to RFO leaders and Creative Scotland officers about ways to reduce their climate impacts and why they’ve only got a limited amount of time to do it.  I’ve spent the last 10 days travelling the country running discussions with (mostly) the leaders of arts, screen and creative industry organisations that receive three-year funding from Creative Scotland, and some

Wind Tower as Photo Gallery

by Joan Sullivan I’ve spent the lion’s share of the past decade photographing wind turbines from every possible vantage point: from the ground looking up, from the top looking down, from inside the towers and nacelles, from helicopters and drones, and even from the front seat of an 18-wheeler truck delivering 60-meter rotor blades up

‘We Have More Agency Than We Realize’: Curator Lucia Pietroiusti on How the Art World Can Tackle Climate Change

Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator of General Ecology at The Serpentine in London, says, “The more I spend time with the practice of ecological thinking, the more I realize that one solution or a one-toned approach is just not the answer. I am driven by the fact that it is becoming quite clear now that we are

Emissions reporting and carbon management planning update

Creative Carbon Scotland is once again supporting organisations with carbon reduction responsibilities under their funding agreements. Caro Overy will again be working with Creative Carbon Scotland as our Carbon Management Planning Officer and will be available from mid-August to support all organisations required to submit emissions reports and carbon management plans under their funding agreements. This year,

Creative Carbon Scotland Guest Blog: Meaning Making

The fifth in a series of blogs from playwright Lewis Hetherington about his work with Glasgow cycling charity Bike for Good and Creative Carbon Scotland. Stick with me on this one folks. I’ve let my thoughts wonder freely. Do you feel like you’re single when you film? That you’re not in the video or something?

Wild Authors: Edan Lepucki

by Mary Woodbury I was thrilled to chat with Edan Lepucki about her work in the field of climate change and storytelling. She is the author of the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me and the novels California and Woman No. 17. California debuted at #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers list and was a #1 Best Seller

Artist Opportunity – Public Art Commissions in Edinburgh

Call for artists to take part in an ambitious public art programme in partnership with Vastint. We are working in partnership with international real estate organisation, Vastint, to deliver an ambitious public art programme as part of their building development in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh 2019/2020. This programme will respond to the unique social and industrial heritage

Wild Authors: Marissa Slaven

by Mary Woodbury I talked with Marissa earlier this year after publishing her young adult novel Code Blue (Moon Willow Press, 2018) and thought this novel would be an excellent addition to our focus on spotlighting authors who write global warming fiction for teen and young adult fiction audiences. We’ve entered an age where the world is