Creative Carbon Scotland are looking for two new members – a practising artist and a climate adaptation expert – to join our Board.
With confirmed funding from Creative Scotland until March 2021, Creative Carbon Scotland is looking forward to continuing our work connecting culture and climate change to ensure that culture’s unique and powerful role in building a sustainable Scotland is understood and harnessed by both the cultural and the sustainability worlds. As part of this we are increasingly working on this in relation to adaptation to the impacts of climate change as well as the reduction of carbon emissions, both for the cultural sector and wider society.
Two new members
Although our Board has administrative and management members from the cultural sector, it currently lacks a practising artist – by which we mean an artist working in any discipline of the arts, screen or creative industries (ie visual or performing arts, literature, digital, screen, crafts, etc). We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from practising artists who would like to join the Board.
Similarly, although we have members with adaptation knowledge we are also looking for someone to add to our expertise and contacts in the field of climate adaptation. (See our website for a list of the current Board members.)
How the Board works
Board meetings generally take place during the afternoon in March, June, September and December at Waverley Court in central Edinburgh; there may also be an occasional away-day or special meeting. They are relatively informal and involve the CCS staff as well as the Board, providing an excellent opportunity to bring together and harness the extensive and varied knowledge of the joint team. Outside meetings, members are asked to contribute by attending events, providing feedback and advice, commenting on documents and speaking to or meeting the team about specific projects or items. Phoning or Skype-ing in to meetings is generally possible.
We would provide an induction for new members, providing them with an understanding of charity trustees’ responsibilities, the work that we do and the context in which we work.
This is a great opportunity people who want to contribute to our work and further their own knowledge about the connections between climate change and culture, or indeed to gain Board-level experience. We are prevented by charity regulations from paying members for their work on the Board and we understand this may make it hard for freelancers to join us. We do however pay all expenses, such as childcare and travel.
In line with our Equalities policy we would encourage applications from younger people, people with disabilities, people from Black, Ethnic Minority or refugee communities and people from socially or financially excluded communities.
Person Specification – essential characteristics
- Current practice as an artist in any discipline with an intimate knowledge of the sector in Scotland;
- Professional knowledge of climate change adaptation
as well as:
- Demonstrable interest in the connections between culture and climate change
- The ability to read and analyse documents and contribute to detailed discussion about policy and activities with other Board members and the Creative Carbon Scotland staff
- The ability to attend most Board meetings and contribute outside meetings
- The willingness to represent Creative Carbon Scotland and its interests outside the organisation, formally and informally
If you would like to know more, please contact Ben Twist, Director of Creative Carbon Scotland on email@example.com, or call 07931 553872. To apply, please send Ben an email by 31 August outlining your interest and what you would bring to the role as well as a copy of your CV demonstrating how you meet the person specification, and confirming that you have completed the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Survey.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.