“Improve Scotland” is the captivating winning entry from the “Creative Minds” competition held in November 2018 which saw Creative Industries students from Fife College set a 48-hour challenge to produce imaginative creative works responding to climate change impacts in Levenmouth.
In the film, Improve Scotland’s intrepid reporter Chris Peacock takes to the streets – and shore and local amusements arcade – of Levenmouth to ask the locals what they think of Levenmouth, its river and climate change. The video tackles the big issues: How can we adapt to the future impacts of climate change? And are there polar bears in Fife?
Creative Minds competition
The Creative Minds competition was held as part of Levenmouth Adapts, an eight-month project promoting climate ready decision making and the value of creative approaches to bring about change.
The competition involved 1st year Creative Industries students from Fife College being taken for a field trip which included visits to the Levenmouth seafront, River Leven and the CLEAR Buckhaven orchard (a community-led regeneration and food growing initiative). They then had 48 hours to develop a creative work which addressed the themes of place, future and climate for Levenmouth in a thought provoking way.
Four teams each worked through the day (and night in some cases) to produce their entries which were put to a judging panel of Natalie Taylor (project artist), Joe Hagg (Adaptation Scotland), Carolyn Bell (Resource Efficient Solutions, Fife Council), John Wincott (Environmental Services Coordinator, Fife College), Vikki Wilson (Fife College), Dougi McMillan (Director of Creative Industries, Fife College) and Gemma Lawrence (Producer, Creative Carbon Scotland). The judges were impressed by all four entries, but were particularly taken with the winning entry, which received a £200 prize. Funding for Creative Minds workshop was donated by the Fife Council Communities and Neighbourhoods department.
In the next stages of the project students will be invited to share their work and perspectives on the future of the area with partners including the Fife Environment Partnership. The Levenmouth Adapts project sees Nathalie Taylor working across different aspects the project as an embedded artist, with the Creative Minds competition being a key aspect of the work that she is involved with.
Levenmouth Adapts is run in partnership with Adaptation Scotland, Creative Carbon Scotland and Fife Resource Solutions/Fife Council. The project is funded by the Scottish Government’s Adaptation Scotland programme which is delivered by sustainability charity Sniffer.
Find out more about the project on the Adaptation Scotland website.
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.
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