The Loneliest Species

“The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me, and I to them.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson Somewhere along the line, we forgot that we are not alone on this planet. Or, put another way:

What Do Food and Art Have to Do With Each Other?

It’s not often that a blind date works out so magnificently, but in this case it did: two months ago I was contacted by C-Platform, an arts organization in Xiamen, China to organize the Food Art Film Festival with them, an event I have been organizing at the Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

From Heaviness to Hope

With the US midterm election still a week away, wariness and cautious optimism hung in the air at our second Salon on October 29th. Before diving into our Fellows’ projects, everyone shared what had been on their minds since the last gathering. From the upcoming election to the emotional and physical impacts of environmental injustices

Climate Change Theatre Action 2019 is Just around the Corner!

WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN! Climate Change Theatre Action 2019 is just around the corner. Once again, we’re bringing 50 new climate change plays by 50 international playwrights into the world. We’re lighting the way and imagining together how to create the just and sustainable future we all deserve. To get the project underway, we need to

Arts Council England Environmental Report 2017/18

Julie’s Bicycle has been working in partnership with Arts Council England since 2012 to inspire environmental action across the arts and culture sector, with a focus on long-term funding partners, the National Portfolio Organisations. The Sustaining Great Art and Culture report celebrates the successes of arts and cultural organisations in acting on national and international climate targets. 

Cultivating a Post-Carbon Vision

“We need a vision for what the post-carbon economy looks like… that is inspiring enough and delivers enough in terms of jobs, in terms of opportunities, in terms of health. It has to be exciting!” — Naomi Klein I have always loved this quote by Naomi Klein, from the 2014 documentary film Disruption by Kelly

Valuing Nature: what do artists contribute?

Artists have been valuing nature probably since we first marked the wall of a cave or whistled like a bird – artists have always rendered nature visible. Artists valuing nature have explored human ‘value’ (Monet’s Haystacks and Turner’s Rain, Steam and Speed both render human use of nature visible), but they have also articulated human meaning imposed on nature

Julie’s Bicycle hosts Creative Climate Leadership session at COP24 in Poland

Thu 6 December 2018 – 11:00 – 17:30 CET Łaźnia Nowa. Teatr 25 Osiedle Szkolne 31-978 Kraków Poland REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-climate-leadership-at-cop24-tickets-52257450441 What can culture and creativity do for the climate challenge? The climate crisis is unfolding all around us as the defining episode of the 21st century. While the international climate change negotiations take place in

Art on a Damaged Planet: The Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Convening

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog From 8 to 10 June 2018, HowlRound, in partnership with Chantal Bilodeau (The Arctic Cycle), Elizabeth Doud (Climakaze Miami/Fundarte), and Roberta Levitow (Theatre Without Borders), hosted Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, one of four convenings selected as part of the HowlRound Challenge. This effort brought together

Ben’s Strategy Blog: Complexity theory, cultural practices and carbon reduction policy  

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Creative Carbon Scotland’s Director Ben Twist has completed his PhD! In this blog he shares a summary of how complexity theory, cultural practice and sustainability work together. At about the same time that Creative Carbon Scotland was formed I started work on a part-time PhD at the University

Field to Palette: Book Release

This post comes to you from EcoArtSpace Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene is an investigation of the cultural meanings, representations, and values of soil in a time of planetary change. The book offers critical reflections on some of the most challenging environmental problems of our time, including land take,

Visiting Leeuwarden-Friesland: a Sustainable European Capital of Culture

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland In July, Creative Carbon Scotland’s Green Arts Manager, Catriona Patterson, attended a research trip hosted by EUROCITIES, and located in Leeuwarden, Friesland in the Netherlands*. There to represent the sustainability work of Edinburgh’s Festivals, and learn most about city-level sustainability-and-culture initiatives, here is her summary of what she

The Living Stage NYC by Pia Guilliatt

This post comes from Ecoscenography Pia Guilliatt graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) majoring in Design Realisation. She is set and costume designer and artist with an interest in sustainable and community theatre and is particularly fascinated by immersive theatrical spaces where different

Warming Up to the Arctic Through Theatre

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog As a university student in the early 1990’s, my partner, the writer, Glen Retief, took part in the anti-apartheid struggle in his home country of South Africa. Some of the older activists explained to him that by the early 1980’s they saw artists using their

Designed by Sapiens, Powered by Wind

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog I was invited by the European Cultural Centre to participate in its TIME SPACE EXISTENCE exhibit in Venice, one of several concurrent international exhibits organized during the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, which I wrote about previously here and here. Six of my wind energy photographs

Opportunity: Grow Wild Creative Youth Project Funding – Apply Now!

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland Have a creative idea inspired by UK native wildflowers, plants or fungi? Aged between 14-25? Get £500! Get ready for an experience like no other and join Grow Wilds mission to empower young people aged 14-25 to develop a creative idea into a project that helps raise awareness

How the World of Pedigree Sheep Breeding Is Similar to the Art World

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog The first thing she cheekily asks me when I enter her stunningly light, stylish, modern house on the south-eastern coast of Ireland is whether I expected to see a traditional farm. Perhaps the expression on my face reveals that I associate sheep farming with dark

Creative Sustainability

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland I don’t know how many people listened to the Moral Maze on Radio 4 on Wednesday evening (10th October)? In the week of the IPCC report saying we have 12 years before we go through the 1.5 degrees of global warming threshold, the programme brought together a debate on the moral

Wild Authors: Margaret Atwood

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog Popular author Margaret Atwood called climate change the “everything change.” Atwood’s novels are generally about the human experience, at times notably the female’s, but she also writes about this everything change. Her genre-busting books range from literary to speculative. Global warming occurs prominently in Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy

It Started On Hampstead Heath

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog I have worked for most of my career as a medical and scientific illustrator, which means a lot of time spent in front of a computer screen. But early in 2016, I dusted off my much-neglected art materials to return to my first love: painting