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Green Arts Conference 2018: Save the Date!

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Creative Carbon Scotland is pleased to announce that our annual gathering for the Green Arts community will take place on Wednesday 7 November in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The conference aims to be the central meeting point for Scotland’s cultural Green Champions, and those interested in how the arts and cultural sector is taking on the challenge of environmental sustainability.

With a focus on carbon management, adaptation to the impacts of climate change, using the arts to shift our wider culture, and best-practice from our member organisations, the full-day event will showcase how we can lead the way to a sustainable Scotland.

You can find out more about the Green Arts Conference, including reports from the previous conferences by clicking here.

To register your interest, and be the first to hear about tickets, and updates for the event, please visit their submissions page. 

 


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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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We’re seeking two new board members!

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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

Artist

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.

Adaptation expert

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;

and/or

  • 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 ben.twist@creativecarbonscotland.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.

 


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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

Green Picks and Opportunities of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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“All the world’s a stage” and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is arguably one the most well-known stages of them all. With thousands of productions and hundreds of venues putting on tens of thousands of performances over a three-week period, it’s one of the world’s biggest cultural events – and somewhere where sustainability, climate change and environmental impact is being tackled in a variety of ways.

Here’s our summary of sustainability activity at the Fringe:

Strategic Engagement by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe society are the guardians of the festival, providing leadership, co-ordination and support for the many that participate. In 2018 they launched their ‘Fringe Blueprint’: a statement of intent of their work until 2022 (their 75thanniversary!).

One of their 8 key commitments was to “A Green Fringe: to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint and champion initiatives that limit our impact on the environment”, with ideas around paper reduction, adoption of cutting-edge technologies, and embedding sustainability into the designs for a new headquarters. With this long-term high-level demonstration of their commitment to sustainability, we’re excited to support them as a green festival!

Practical Support for Venues and Companies

We know that sustainable practice can be new for the local, national and international venues and companies producing shows at the festival, so we work with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to create and promote toolkits to advise how to increase the sustainability of everything from show design to promotion! Current handbooks and advice can be found on the EdFringe website, including:

Our Green Arts Initiative supports Scottish-based venues, companies, agencies and other cultural organisations to reduce their environmental impact and increase their sustainability. As of this year, all Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues who are members of the Green Arts Initiative have a ‘badge’ on their EdFringe.com listing. Check out examples including Assembly HallPleasance Courtyard and Greenside!

Other Campaigns and Initiatives

The Fringe Swap Shop
Hosted at Fringe Central on the last three days of the festival, this initiative encourages companies to donate good-quality props, costumes and materials which would otherwise be discarded at the end of a show run – enabling them to be reused or recycled! With a ‘bring what you have; take what you want’ approach, anyone is able to collect items during the Swap Shop, and we have a case study on how it works!

The Fringe Food Bank
Run by comedian Simon Caine, and a variety of partners and venues, this initiative encourages participating companies to donate leftover food and period products before they leave Edinburgh, with the supplies redistributed to the local community in need.

The #SustainableFringe campaign
New for 2018, this campaign seeks to encourage ‘performers, punters ad planners’ to take on three challenges for a more sustainable Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience.

Shows and Performances

One of the unusual things about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is its uncurated nature: any company wishing to put on a show is able to do so, and there is no artistic director. Of course, with over 3,500 shows across a huge range of genres, it can be difficult to choose what to see, and know how to identify productions with environmental or sustainability content. However, each year there are productions with themes of climate change, sustainability and nature.

Here at Creative Carbon Scotland we’ve identified our first pick of the shows on offer this year!

Cabaret

  • Anya Anastasia: The Executioners 1 – 26 Aug / 8pm / Gilded Balloon Teviot
    “Award-winning musical-comedy maverick Anya Anastasia brandishes her razor-sharp satirical wit…attacks on ecological screwups, techno obsessives and self-congratulatory slacktivist keyboard warriors.”

Children’s Shows

  • The Adventures of Sam Swallow 2 – 27 Aug / 11.45am / C Venues – C Too
    A new play for children and families about the beauty of nature and our need to protect it, brought to life through music, dance and puppetry.
  • The Garden of Delight 31 Jul – 19 Aug (not 15, 16, 17) / 2pm / Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens
    “We have a simple environmental message: look after our world before people destroy it forever. The children journey back in time with Tumshie the jester joining the inhabitants of the garden with music and singing along the way.”

Comedy

  • Luke Rollason’s Planet Earth 2 – 26 (not 15) / 2.30pm / Monkey Barrel Comedy Club
    Set in a future where our worst predictions came true – following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC. But one plucky (and unpaid) intern isn’t giving up, and right on programming schedule, we’re getting series three.
  • Lucy Porter: Pass It On 1 – 26 Aug (not 13, 20) / 5.30pm / Pleasance Courtyard
    Musings on what we receive from our ancestors and what we pass on to future generations. Lucy’s inherited dodgy knees and global warming from her parents, but can she leave a better legacy for her children?
  • Matt Winning: Climate Strange 2-26 Aug (not 13) / 5pm / Just the Tonic at The Mash House
    Dr Matt Winning is thinking about starting a family but wonders if he should. A show about why our knowledge about climate change doesn’t necessarily match our actions.

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus

  • The Grey Life 19 – 27 Aug / 7.10pm / C Venues – C Royale
    “Open the window, take a breath – outside it’s grey. The world is polluted. We produce, we consume, we waste and we are never satisfied. How does our globalised world work?” A documentary-dance-theatre-film.

Events

We’re a bit biased on this one: we’re hosting it! Taking place at Fringe Central (the home of support for participants) it’s a celebration of the community of practitioners and venues practising sustainability at the Fringe.

Exhibitions

  • Nàdar / Prakriti 3 – 27 Aug/ 10am -6pm Tu/Th/Fri/Sat; 2pm – 6pm Wed / Edinburgh Printmakers
    Through new print commissions, Ravi Agarwal responds to current conversations about rural and urban sustainability and the various challenges posed to nature in Scotland and India. Partnership support from the John Muir Trust. We’re running a Green Tease discussion around this exhibition in July.
  • Reuse, Reinvent, Reimagine Opening party 10 Aug / 7pm / Gallery 23
    This art exhibition highlights the inability of humankind to effectively cope with the disposal of the vast amounts of household and industrial waste and the destruction of the natural world for profit.
  • Go Wild on the National Cycle Network Photo Exhibition 6-31 Aug / 8am – 7pm / Lochrin Basin
    The National Cycle Network (NCN) is a series of traffic-free paths and quiet, on-road cycling and walking routes that connect to every major town and city in Scotland. A collection of photographs curated by active travel charity, Sustrans.

Music, Musicals and Opera

  • The Great Song Cycle, Song Cycle 13 – 18 Aug / 12.05pm / theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
    A musical memoir about one woman’s solo bicycle/music tour 1,254 miles down the west coast of the USA.
  • World in Progress 13 – 25 (not 19) / 10.20pm / theSpace on North Bridge
    A brand-new musical song-cycle that explores our ever-changing relationship with the earth.

Theatre

  • The Man Who Planted Trees 20 – 27 Aug / 2.30pm / Scottish Storytelling Centre
    Multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono’s classic environmental tale by Edinburgh-based Puppet State Theatre Company. A previous winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award.
  • Solarplexus: An Alternative Energy Play 3 – 27 Aug (not 13, 20) / 7.35pm / Zoo Carteris
    Corporate surveillance and conspiracies abound in this hyper-speed piece of sustainable sci-fi theatre from NYC.
  • Bottled Up 3 – 18 Aug (not 12) / Times vary / theSpace on North Bridge
    This funny solo show explores eco-anxiety, our dependency on plastics in day-to-day life and considers the irony of living in a world of plenty.
  • The Handlebards (Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet) 22 – 26 Aug / 1pm / Assembly George Square Gardens
    The HandleBards have cycled 1,500 miles from London to Edinburgh, carrying on the back of their bikes all of the set, props and costumes necessary to perform Shakespeare. A previous winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award.

If you want to browse your own sustainability selection, take a look on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website (or use their app!). We’re also always open to new recommendations, so get in touch or submit your event listing if you have a show to share!

Not just the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is only one of the major Edinburgh Festivals and it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to international cultural leadership on environmental sustainability. Take a look at the members of our Green Arts Initiative and our member case studies to find out more.


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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

Open Call: Carbon Management Planning Officer

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Creative Carbon Scotland is looking for a talented and enthusiastic individual to join their team to assist in the collection and analysis of the first Carbon Management Plans of Creative Scotland’s 121 Regularly Funded Organisations.

Carbon Management Planning Officer

Reports toBen Twist, Director, Creative Carbon Scotland
Salary: £25,000 pro rata (2 days per week/0.4FTE) for 16 weeks, resulting in a rate of £192/week or £12.82/hour)
Application deadline: Midnight, Sunday 29 July
Start date: Monday 3 September or as soon as possible thereafter

Carbon Management Planning

121 organisations currently receiving Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, Scotland’s development body for the arts, screen and creative industries, are for the first time required to develop and submit a Carbon Management Plan by September this year. Creative Carbon Scotland has provided advice and training to the Regular Funded Organisations (RFOs) and we will now manage the submission process, and this will include analysis of plans and provision of feedback to the submitting organisations and to Creative Scotland.  

The Carbon Management Planning Officer will be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the submission process and will lead on the analysis and feedback, working with our Carbon Reduction Project Manager. They will be given full training and an opportunity to contribute to the design of the submission and analysis process for this world-leading requirement. Feedback sessions with submitting organisations will be interactive and will provide an excellent opportunity for the appointee to learn about Scotland’s creative sector and strengthen their knowledge of practical carbon management by SMEs. 

Background   

Creative Carbon Scotland – a charity initiated by Festivals Edinburgh and founder members the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network – is working to help shape a sustainable Scotland.  

Our vision is of a Scotland where the essential role of culture in the transformational change to a sustainable future is fully recognised, developed and utilised by both the cultural and the sustainability worlds.  

Our mission is to connect the Cultural Sector with others working towards transformational change in society’s thinking on climate change. 

Job Description  

Main purpose of job:

  • To lead the submission process, receipt and analysis of and reporting on Carbon Management Planning reports from 121 organisations receiving Regular Funding from Creative Scotland 

Responsibilities: 

The post holder will be responsible for  

Tracking and reviewing submissions (15%) by  

  • Ensuring Carbon Management plans are received from all Regular Funded Organisations and follow up late submissions 
  • Reviewing all Carbon Management Plans against agreed criteria to categorise the level of feedback required, from 1 (satisfactory) to 4 (non-compliant)
  • Providing acknowledgement and feedback with suggestions for further action
  • Recording resulting advice on further action required. 

Analysing data (20%) on response tracking spreadsheet to calculate compliance rates, types of plan submitted, proposed emissions and cost savings. 

Preparation of reports (20%) on the result of data analysis for Creative Scotland’s technical team 

Disseminating report findings (10%) through:  

  • executive summaries for key, partners, stakeholders and participants; 
  • resource publishing on the Creative Carbon Scotland website 
  • news blog and associated social media using the Creative Carbon Scotland online platforms. 
  • Liaising with Creative Scotland’s and Creative Carbon Scotland’s communication teams to support communication to the wider Creative sector 

Post submission support (25%)

  • Providing support to Regular Funded Organisations categorised in groups 3 and 4 through telephone calls or webinars 

Taking part in internal and external meetings (10%) to report on progress and contribute to this area of work  

Person Specification 

Essential characteristics

  1. A good understanding of Carbon Management  
  2. Ability to use Excel to analyse data and create reports 
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presenting to audiences 
  4. A high degree of numeracy 
  5. Ability with Microsoft programmes including Access/Powerpoint/MS Office/Outlook/Sharepoint 
  6. Facility with common online tools Including Mailchimp, Survey Monkey, Doodle  
  7. Ability to run online meetings 
  8. Ability to make a strong contribution to the Creative Carbon Scotland team 
  9. Flair and imagination 

Desirable characteristics 

  1. Knowledge of the cultural sector 
  2. Knowledge of the sustainability and climate change sector 
  3. Knowledge of behaviour change  
  4. Familiarity with Wordpress content development  

How to apply

Please send a CV with a covering letter explaining why you would like to work in this role for Creative Carbon Scotland, clearly evidencing how you fit the person specification, saying where you found out about the job and confirming that you have completed the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Survey (see below). Applications must be sent by email to ben.twist@creativecarbonscotland.com by midnight on Sunday 29 July.

Interviews will be held on Friday 3 August in Edinburgh and the appointee would need to be available to start by the first week of September.
For an informal conversation about the job please contact Ben Twist on the address above or call 0131 529 7909.

Equalities

Creative Carbon Scotland is committed to equalities and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates: we will make reasonable adjustments where necessary to enable people with particular needs or requirements to work with us. Our Equal Opportunities Policy is available on our website.  Please complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring survey here and confirm that you have done so in your application – this is anonymous and the information provided will not affect your application in any way.

 


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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

Opportunity: Public Art Commission

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An opportunity to create a piece of permanent functional public art in Cowie, Stirling.
An opportunity for an artist/creative team to create a piece of permanent functional public art, in collaboration with the local community, as a gateway feature at the entrance to Berryhills Park in Cowie.

The work needs to be:

  • Site and community responsive and appropriate to the context
  • Thoughtful and thought provoking
  • Engaging, distinctive and imaginative
  • High quality, robust work that enlivens the area it is sited

The artist / creative team will be expected to:

  • Engage with communities in an imaginative and authentic way, allowing for meaningful involvement in the creation of the work, working with local people and project partners to advocate for the role of public art on the path and encouraging people into outdoor activity.
  • Involve a group of children and young people in the design and making of the work. They do not need to be involved in the making of the complete work, but must be involved in making in some way and this must be taken into account in the design of the work.
  • Create a minimum of 3 early design proposals/directions, after the community engagement stage is complete to allow the partners to consider and influence the direction of the final proposal.
  • Design the final artwork, responding to community influence and partner dialogue, using materials that will be robust, safe, easy to maintain and not easily vandalised.
  • Foster a sense of ownership and pride in the public art project within the local community. It should also be engaging, accessible and sympathetic to local culture and environment.
  • Make and install the final artwork after agreement from the project partners, considering landscaping around the work.
  • Supply a maintenance schedule for the finished piece.
  • Consider how the work will be decommissioned at the end of its lifespan, or if for unforeseen circumstances the public art is no longer suitable for the context.

Provide the client with a report on all activities undertaken as part of the project evaluation.
After interviews up to 4 artists/creative teams will be invited to deliver a short programme of workshops in local schools in Sept 2018. The final artist/team will be selected after these workshops. There will be a budget of up to £1000 for the initial workshops.

Timeline & Budget

The budget for the project will be £21,000 for the successful artist / creative team selected to move forward after invitations to tender have been submitted and must include all costs associated with the project. It is envisaged that the design and development stage / community consultation will be between October to December 2018 and manufacturing of the final piece of work will be January to March 2019. Work must be completed and installed by the end of March 2019.

How to Apply

If you would like to receive an Artist Brief with further information about the opportunity and how to apply please email: creativelearning@stirling.gov.uk


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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

Now Hiring: Sustainable Scotland Network

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The Sustainable Scotland Network are recruiting two new positions to join the team at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation – a Network Engagement Officer and a Project Administrator. This is an exciting opportunity to work at the frontline of delivery and engagement on climate action in Scotland.

Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) is Scotland’s professional network for public sector sustainability and climate change action. SSN works to support improved public sector action on climate change through capacity building, support for mandatory reporting, knowledge exchange and sharing of good practice.

SSN is supported by a secretariat and run by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (University of Edinburgh) and Sniffer.

Both roles are fixed term until March 31 2020 with possibility of a one year extension subject to funding. Secondments are welcomed. For further details on each role or to apply please follow the links below, Deadline is the 17th July.

SSN Network Engagement Officer: This is a part-time role (0.6FTE) 21 hours per week available for immediate start. Salary: £27,285-£31,604 (pro rata). Find out more and apply

SSN Administrator: This post is full time with immediate start. Salary: £22,876-£27,285 per annum. Find out more and apply

 


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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

Opportunity: Internship with Creative Carbon Scotland

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Creative Carbon Scotland is seeking a University of Glasgow student to join us for a paid research internship focusing on adaptation to climate change impacts, and implications for the cultural sector.

Creative Carbon Scotland has been working since 2011 to support arts and cultural organisations to reduce their environmental impact, and to explore the ways in which they can contribute to a sustainable future. We are now at an exciting time of development around the next stage in addressing climate change: adaptation to the projected impacts of rising temperatures. To kick-start this development, we are looking to host a internship focused specifically on implications for the visual arts sector.

The research will form the foundation of our ongoing work on adaptation, and the beginning of our programme of support for all cultural organisations across Scotland. For this initial stage, the internship is co-hosted with Festivals Edinburgh (the strategic umbrella organisation for the Edinburgh Festivals).

This internship is hosted with the University of Glasgow through the Santander SME Internship scheme, and is only open to 4th/5th year undergraduates or postgraduate students at the University of Glasgow.

Main Purpose Of Job

  • To undertake a research into the implications of climate change impacts for visual arts organisations in Edinburgh and across Scotland.
  • To help develop a programme of advice on adaptation to the impacts of climate change, specifically for arts and cultural organisations.

Responsibilities

  • Carrying out initial secondary research (25%) on:
    • International city-scale adaptation programmes, and progress in Edinburgh to date.
    • Existing approaches for city-scale adaptation programmes that include cultural organisations (like museums, galleries and festivals).
    • Likely climate change impacts for Edinburgh.
  • Identifying key cultural stakeholders for climate change adaptation in Edinburgh. (5%)
  • Undertaking interviews with key stakeholders on opinions and actions towards climate adaptation. (25%)
  • Producing a written report of research findings, with recommendations for climate adaptation actions for the partners, and further research required (25%)
  • Disseminating report findings (10%) through:
    • executive summaries for key, partners, stakeholders and participants;
    • resource publishing on the Creative Carbon Scotland website
    • news blog and associated social media using the Creative Carbon Scotland online platforms.
  • Attending and contributing to related meetings and events as they arise, to further develop this area of work, e.g. Edinburgh Adapts meetings; Green Arts Conference.  (5%)
Working for Creative Carbon Scotland

Duration and Hours: This is a 280-hour internship, working out to approximately 2 days per week, over a 20 week period. Timings and dates for the role are flexible, but would ideally begin in early September 2018.

Salary: This role is a paid at an hourly rate of £8.75 per hour. Creative Carbon Scotland is proud to be a Living Wage Employer.

Working Pattern And Flexibility: This role requires a mix of online and in-person research, and is only nominally based in the Creative Carbon Scotland, with the majority of work able to be undertaken at distance. However the intern will be expected to attend a weekly meeting in Edinburgh (the times of which can be flexible to term-time schedules).

How to Apply

Deadline for Applications: 19 July 2018, via the University of Glasgow Careers Service, reference ID NZ26W

Start Date: Likely w/c 3 September 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the University of Glasgow Careers Service (careers@glasgow.ac.uk or 0141 330 5647). Their advisors can also provide advice on completing an application, and how to highlight your suitability for the role.



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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

Opportunity: Beach Cleanup on Isle of Scarp

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Artists Mara Marxt Lewis & Tyler Lewis are removing debris from a beach in the Outer Hebrides.

In the first week of July, Mara Marxt Lewis & Tyler Lewis will head to the isle of Scarp, just off the west coast from the Isle of Harris. There is a beautiful beach there on the Atlantic side called ‘Mol Mor’, or Big Beach. After visiting Scarp in the summer of 2017, we were in love with its raw beauty but rather taken aback at seeing such an impact humanity can have on a place that it no longer inhabits. Mol Mor is a beach covered in all sorts of plastic, rubber, metal, objects that have washed ashore over the years. It is a rather colorful sight, but it’s just rubbish that doesn’t belong there.

We are determined to rid the beach of all the rubbish and process what can be recycled at the appropriate facilities. As we’re artists, we have other plans for all the plastic and metal buoys! Later this September we have an exhibition at University of Edinburgh’s Tent Gallery, where we’ll show our immersive sound installation that makes use of the buoys as a sculptural material. It’s a great way to re-use the otherwise wasted material, and hopefully draw some more attention to the issue of plastic in our oceans.

We’ve started a GoFundMe campaign to help make the cost involved with traveling to the Hebrides and hauling everything off the island feasible. So, please contribute whatever you can – even a little bit is greatly appreciated and share with your friends and family – we’ll make this a big success!

 


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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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Velocommunities 1000th Climate Challenge Fund project

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As part of #CleanAirDay this Thursday, we’re excited to announce the details of a new collaboration between Creative Carbon Scotland, Glasgow charity Bike for Good and theatre-maker, Lewis Hetherington, as part of the Velocommunities project funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Velocommunities will run between Spring 2018 and March 2020, supporting communities in Glasgow’s Southside and West End to cycle in their local area and tackle climate change by reducing travel-related carbon emissions. The project was announced as the 1000thproject to be funded by the Climate Challenge Fund earlier this year.

City data shows that car driving is the ‘go-to’ transport mode in Glasgow, contributing to climate change, air pollution and poor health through inactivity. There are already significant infrastructure changes underway in the city to enable more active travel choices including the South City Way. Alongside these developments, programmes such as Velocommunities support individuals and communities to overcome barriers and widen access to cycling, whilst increasing environmental awareness and carbon literacy.

Creative Carbon Scotland and Lewis Hetherington’s role in Velocommunities will be to use theatre and video to document and explore Glasgow’s transition to a more sustainable city. We’ll work with young people taking part in the project, who will be inheriting and shaping the city, to explore their visions of a Glasgow in which more sustainable modes of travel such as cycling are the mainstream.

This ability of the arts to imagine different potential futures and explore them through ‘thought experiments’ with audiences and communities is one of the roles of the arts and cultural practices which we’re interested in promoting and exploring through Creative Carbon Scotland’s culture/SHIFT programme.

Over the course of the project Lewis will embed himself in activities being run by Bike for Good’s Southside Community Hub and produce a film which captures the stories of individuals and groups engaging with the Hub, working with film-maker Geraldine Heaney. The works produced will be shared at a range of events and we’ll be posting updates on the project on our news page and social media channels, so keep your eyes peeled!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the project or Creative Carbon Scotland’s culture/SHIFT work then please get in touch at gemma.lawrence@creativecarbonscotland.com.

 


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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

Guest Blog: Theatre and Ecology – A Different View

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Carl Lavery, Professor of Theatre Studies at Glasgow University, uses the example of Samuel Beckett to talk through a different view of the connection between theatre and ecology.

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To think of theatre and ecology, or even theatre and environment, is generally to think of three forms of representation, all of which would seek to represent ecological issues (climate change, species extinction, energy usage, etc.) in a direct or conventional way:

  • Activist or committed performance that intends to tackle recognisable problems by representing them in ways that we immediately grasp;
  • Site-specific interventions that, in some way or another, aim to place the work within the environment as opposed to merely depicting it. These include performances in cities, fields, rivers, mountains, seas, etc.;
  • Work that refuses the large energy expenditure of the theatre and instead aims to generate green power by obtaining its energy from the sun or by pedal power.

But what if none of these performance modes actually worked? Not simply because the issues they purport to deal with are already well understood by the majority of the audience who generally go to see them – a case of preaching to the converted, so to speak – but also because they tend to assume that they can represent such abstract, massive things as climate change or, alternatively, bring to light the often invisible ravages and inequalities caused by petroleum extraction. Bertolt Brecht, for instance, once said that the social, monetary and environmental consequences of oil frustrate the five-act play!

Theatre’s ecological role?

If these limitations are accepted, what then should theatre’s ecological role be? And how, as critics and spectators, are we meant to engage with it? One possible way forward might be to rethink the significance of plays and performances that, on the surface at least, appear to have nothing to do with environmental catastrophe in any obvious sense. These are works that offer no message or solution to the problems that face us. Rather, they simply present the mess, and leave it up to us to draw our own conclusions, to find ways of making sense of them.

One thinks, here, for instance, of the work of Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), a playwright who, for too long, has been associated with a bleak, absurdist outlook on life, dealing with personal forms of existential crisis. However, the closer one looks at Beckett’s plays, the more it becomes obvious that they are infused with an acutely sensitive ecological consciousness. Waiting for Godot (1953), for instance, shows us a world in which only one tree remains; Endgame (1957) is located within an anonymous, post-apocalyptic landscape where food is running out and nature has ended; and Happy Days (1961) presents us with a startling image of a middle-aged woman, Winnie, buried up to her waist in a mound of earth and suffering the consequences of extreme heat.  At one point, her parasol spontaneously combust and, at one another, she complains about the loss of the ozone layer. Happy Days, like so much of Beckett’s early work, is haunted by the future ghost of global warming, as the most recent production of the play with Maxine Peake at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (2018) makes so abundantly  clear, with its plastic ridden set and blazing light bulbs – what Beckett referred to ‘as hellish half light’.

It has been de rigeur amongst theatre specialists to see Beckett’s dead and depopulated landscapes as making visible the anxieties of a nuclear generation. But it should not be forgotten that Beckett’s plays were also contemporaneous with the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), the ‘great acceleration’ in fossil fuel consumption after 1945, and the coming into being of an age of oil spills, acid rain, plastics, industrial farming and ocean acidification. Beckett, of course, was not immune from his time, and it is worthy of note that he conceived of the character of Winnie as a bird with oil on its feather, tragically stranded, defeated by pollution.

Feel the madness of our society

As opposed to the more explicit modes of representation mentioned above, Beckett’s plays retain their ecological shock value, their capacity to make us think, precisely because they refuse to tell us what they are about. By leaving his spectators in kind of no-man’s land, Becket manages not only to explain the sadness and dereliction in which we live today. More crucially, I would suggest, he allows us to feel the madness of our society, to experience in our bodies the disorientation and disbelief we experience as we witness a social and economic order that is, quite literally, unable to stop consuming itself.

Beckett’s indirect or oblique approach to ecology, to what we might call living in the Anthropocene, is not only efficacious because it confronts us with what we normally repress, but also because it offers a kind of answer, albeit silently and implictly. To watch a Beckett play is to renounce our habitual ways of responding to the world. Instead of continually striving to act, Beckett invites us to slow down a little, to show some patience and to acknowledge the presence of something – an artwork – that we can neither dominate nor exploit. Beckett’s work exists as a living thing. In the same way that we don’t ask for explanation for why a tree should exist, so Beckett’s work refuses to explain itself. It is simply there for us to make sense of as we can, as we will, but always in the knowledge that our understanding is partial. The work retains its mystery and strangeness, even as it gestures towards a devastated world, an earth in ruins.

Radical strangeness and unfamiliarity

Perhaps, it is this, the radical strangeness and unfamiliarity of such works that we need to pay more attention to as ecocritics and activists. Instead then of thinking about theatre and art that deals with ecological crisis in expected ways by, more often that not, telling us what we already know, Beckett shocks us out of our complacency and taps the unconscious fears and anxieties that prevent us from living differently. By inviting us to confront our fears, Beckett, I suggest, holds out the possibility of experimenting alternative modes of existence.

Along with a whole host of ecological thinkers from Arne Naess to Donna Haraway, I do not believe that creating greener energy supplies or producing more sustainable economies is enough to prevent the ecological nightmare to come. If we are to live on a better planet, it is not nature that needs to be saved, it is, rather, that bizarre, irrational animal called the human. One way of doing this might be to pay greater attention to the ecological potential of artworks that show human subjects lost in a world that they have destroyed without knowing why they have done so. To resurrect a complex word that has been almost forgotten today, Beckett’s plays work dialectically. It is through the negative that the positive might be best attained. As such, our task is to become attuned to that negative, responding to the ‘undoing’ that Beckett discloses in a manner that is generative of a new people to come.

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For more on these issues connect with the Performance, Ecology and Heritage Hub at the University of Glasgow or contact Carl Lavery directly.

 


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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland