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News: Grassroots Storytelling in Gardens Across Scotland

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See gardens with new eyes hearing local stories of creation, history & interaction with environment

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, in association with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, was delighted to host four garden storytelling sessions in the summer months, heralding the Storytelling Festival’s theme of Growing Stories for its 30th year, with two sessions for autumn still to come!

Families strolled through some of Scotland’s finest gardens to explore the stories they’ve kept hidden for hundreds of years. From Poolewe to East Lothian there was lots to uncover, and garden visitors were guided by the most intrepid of tale miners: storytellers.

Parents were pulled through the small gate to Dr Neil’s Garden, Edinburgh by impatient little hands looking for the storyteller. “You’ve found her” cried Nicola Wright. They set off down the well-worn picturesque paths and stood in awe at the monkey puzzle tree. Young and old left the session beaming, warmed by the May sunshine and the whittled tales of medieval medicines, feisty fairies and giants. “I can’t believe this is a thing” exclaimed one dad of two. “Where’s the next one?”

Tim Porteus spun wonderful tales from the history of Tyninghame House and The Walled Garden, East Lothian. Ancient footprints have traced the grounds at Tyninghame from lost villages and ruined churches, which Tim explored from a cosy picnic rug, exclaiming to the gathering:

“Stories do not die if told and retold, and what better place for their telling than the ground upon which they were lived and worn.”

It was a hot and busy day at Culzean Castle when Alison Galbraith brought the gardens to life, and visitors learnt about the intriguing tale of the slave Scipio who earned his freedom and some property at Culzean. Imaginations were also left to run wild with fairy bedtime tales – pssssttt, fairies love tulip petal bedding!

Visitors to Inverewe Gardens got a treat as Heather Yule regaled them with storytelling and harp playing, immersing them in folklore and music from the Poolewe area.

Two More Garden Adventures This October

There are still two chances to see gardens with new eyes, hearing local stories about their creation, history and interaction with the environment.

As leaves turn from green to golden, and t-shirts are replaced by woolly jumpers, autumnal sessions will warm the soul in arguably the most picturesque time of year for nature, with two magic in-situ storytelling sessions still to come.

At the stunning Fingask Castle in Perthshire on Thursday 11 October, storyteller Lizzie McDougall presents fascinating insights to the garden’s rich history, including story walks around the grounds, appropriately starting by the Dragon Steps!

Then explore the majestic Dalswinton House in Dumfriesshire on Sunday 21 October with storyteller John Wheeler, who will delight with insights into the maiden voyage of Britain’s first steamboat, alongside story walks exploring the garden’s plants and wildlife.


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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

Get Your Tickets for Green Arts Conference!

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Get your tickets for the Green Arts Conference: Culture Change, the conference on how and why Scotland’s cultural sector is creatively approaching environmental sustainability, organised by Creative Carbon Scotland.

You can get your tickets for the Green Arts Conference: Culture Change which will be held on Wednesday 7 November in Edinburgh.

“Sustainability is EVERYONE’s responsibility”Green Arts Conference 2017 participant”  —  Theme for ’18

The Green Arts Conference, now in its fourth year, is this year themed around ‘Culture Change‘. Climate Change will change culture, and changes in culture are needed to mitigate and respond to climate change. This theme marks how far we have come as a cultural community, showcasing the best examples of positive changes in the sector, and looking towards how the impacts of climate change will have direct consequences for the artistic and operational work of cultural organisations.

In a year which has seen extreme snow and extreme heat (and still a dreich August!), a plastic revolution following Blue Planet 2, and a new Climate Change Plan for Scotland, climate change and environmental sustainability are higher on our societal agenda than ever before. And as our wider culture changes, so too does our cultural sector: becoming greener and more engaged with sustainability.

New for 2018

With sustainability and climate change rising up the agenda, this year will see a Board Briefing for trustees and others working at the strategic level. There will be limited spaces so snap up a place if you’re a trustee and your Green Champion is attending, or if you’re a Green Champion make your board aware!

Book your ticket now for the Green Arts Conference

A big part of saving the world is also leading by example, and sharing your actions with your different audiences. This year we’re taking learning from the first ever #GreenArts day held in March 2018 – which many Green Arts members were involved in – to help you take the initiative to communicate your sustainability work throughout the year.

We’ll also make the connection between sustainable practice and affecting sustainable change as artists, with a session on our Culture/SHIFT programme of work.

The Classics

“Always really useful to hear what other organisations are doing – really enjoyed the show & tells” — Green Arts Conference 2017 participant

Following on from the success of previous years we’ll be hearing directly from prominent figures working directly in sustainability on the major developments in climate change and environmental issues, the implications for the cultural sector, and hear how they can support us in our work.

Carbon Management Planning was announced at the Conference in 2017 and now with plans due to be submitted by all Regularly Funded Organisations on 5 October, we’ll have sessions to feedback on the plans and understand the ambition of the sector.

Our popular Green Arts Community sessions – lo-fi, quick, show & tells – will be making a come back to provide the opportunity for Green Arts Initiative members to share the projects they’ve been imagining, creating and working on.

Who’s it for

“It was valuable to see examples demonstrating that the whole organisation can be involved in sustainability”  — Green Arts Conference 2017 participant

The Green Arts Conference attracts over 100 participants from a range of cultural and sustainability backgrounds. It is aimed primarily at those working within the cultural sector, we also welcome participants from outside the cultural sector looking to learn how the sector is tackling climate change, and looking for opportunities to work together towards a better Scotland.

Book your ticket now for the Green Arts Conference

We encourage those across all different art forms, and in a variety of different roles from programming, facilities management, marketing, administration, and development – and all those doing any (or all!) of the above – to attend.

Whether you’re completely new to being a Green Champion, or are already heading up a Green Team, the conference will provide an opportunity to learn, share, create and develop your work.

“Although I am not in a senior management position, there are things I can do!” — Green Arts Conference 2017 participant

Hot Ticket

To enable as many cultural organisations to attend as possible, we have created a range of ticket options for this years Green Arts Conference, with Early Bird tickets available until 1st October 2018 and tickets for the Board Briefing pre-conference session for Board Members now available. We have also created a concession ticket for freelancers, students and those between jobs or working in organisations with turnover less than £50,000 per year. You can find all the tickets on the Green Arts Conference: Culture Change event page.

You can find out more about previous Green Arts Conferences including conference reports and the map of where delegates travelled from in 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there for a great event!

“It was valuable to learn that there are people like myself, working to create change” — Green Arts Conference 2017 participant

 


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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: Green Tease Open Call

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Are you interested in harnessing the imagination and influencing power of the arts for a more sustainable Scotland? We are seeking proposals to run Green Tease events connecting arts and sustainability across the country. Read on to find out more about the Green Tease network and how to apply!

The Green Tease Open Call is a funded opportunity which supports sustainability practitioners and artists to exchange knowledge, ideas and practices with the aim of building new connections between their areas of work and widening understanding of the role of arts in influencing a more sustainable society.

*We are currently seeking proposals to run events for up to March 2019*

What support does the Open Call offer?

  • Budget to run your event to help cover speaker fees, travel expenses, venue hire and refreshments. In many cases, costs are shared by Creative Carbon Scotland and the event partners and organisers
  • Event shaping, planning and facilitation support to ensure the event is relevant to the Green Tease network, accessible and inclusive
  • Event promotion to the Green Tease network
  • Event evaluation

Looking for ideas and inspiration?

Green Tease started in 2013 with cups of tea and biscuits around a table in the Briggait in Glasgow and has continued to support a growing community of sustainability practitioners and artists interested in working together to tackle climate change. Past events taken the form of:

  • Talks from artists, climate change and sustainability practitioners
  • Events running in tandem with wider conferences, exhibitions, festivals etc.
  • Hands-on, practical workshops
  • Film screenings
  • Focus group discussions
  • Panel discussions
  • Pecha kucha presentations
  • Site visits and walking tours
  • Occassional day-long events (such at the Abernethy Nature Reserve with RSPB Scotland)

Have a read through our events archive and Green Tease reflection blogs to find out more about past events.

Info on the Green Tease network

In a recent survey, network members highlighted that:

  • Evenings are the preferred time for events
  • They value the chance to meet people working across different sectors, exchange knowledge and gain inspiration for new, creative approaches in their work
  • They are interested in a wide range of artforms with particular focus on multi-artform, community arts and visual arts
  • They are interested in all of the goals addressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals with some focus on sustainable cities and communities, climate action, energy, and responsible consumption and production

Proposal guidelines

Event proposals will be selected on the basis of quality of content, inclusivity and the addressing of the connections between arts and sustainability to appeal to a wide audience. We’re particularly keen to hear from practitioners working in sustainability and climate change related-roles who we don’t know (yet!)

Find out more about how to apply or contact our culture/SHIFT Producer, Gemma, on gemma.lawrence@creativecarbonscotland.com to discuss your ideas.

 


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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

News: New wildlife photo exhibition on show in Edinburgh

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A public photo exhibition, showcasing images of wildlife and scenery on the National Cycle Network has gone on show in Edinburgh.

The Go Wild exhibition, showcasing stunning images of wildlife and scenery on the National Cycle Network in Scotland, has gone on show along the Union Canal in Edinburgh.

The free exhibition, which showcases submissions from photographers of all abilities as part of Sustrans Scotland’s Go Wild photography competition, will be displayed at Lochrin Basin until 30th August.

Greener Greenways

Go Wild is part of Sustrans Scotland’s Greener Greenways project, which is part-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, and aims to improve and enhance biodiversity on traffic-free sections of the Network that are home to a variety of animals and plant species.

The shortlisted photos range from a playful stoat to scenic shots highlighting breath-taking views along National Cycle Network routes in Scotland.

Sustrans Scotland Volunteers Coordinator, Laura White said: “We hope these photos will inspire and encourage more people to explore their local area by foot or bike, and enjoy the fantastic scenery and wildlife the National Cycle Network has to offer.”

“The National Cycle Network plays a vital role in supporting and promoting a wide variety of wildlife in Scotland and is a fantastic place for people to experience some of the rich biodiversity that Scotland has to offer.”

See the exhibition

You can visit the exhibition at Lochrin Basin, EH3 9QD, along the Union Canal in Edinburgh during the month of August. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk/scotphotocomp18 for more information.

There are approximately 2,371 miles (3,815 km) of National Cycle Network routes in Scotland, including 644 miles of traffic-free routes which use a mix of railway path, canal towpath, forest road, shared-use path, segregated cycle lanes and re-determined rural footways. It plays a vital role in helping people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more every day journeys and can act as a green corridor for wildlife.

 


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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: Call for Ideas 2019

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Get involved in Scotland’s biggest celebration of science!

This is an open call offering you the chance to be part of the 2019 Edinburgh International Science Festival, which will run from 06 – 21 April. Our call is open to anyone – individuals, groups or organisations – with bright ideas and a passion for communicating them.

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, the 2019 Festival theme is Frontiers, exploring the boundaries of knowledge and the spirit of adventure and enquiry that drives science, technology, engineering and maths. Within this theme, specific areas of focus will include Healthcare Frontiers, Engineering Frontiers, Digital Frontiers, Environmental Frontiers and Planetary Frontiers.

What are we looking for?

We specialise in bringing people together to share ideas and inspiration and look for participants working in diverse fields from across the sciences, arts and cultural sectors. From fabulous shows that enthral people of all ages, to thought-provoking discussions, interactive events and creative performances, exhibitions and workshops that bring science to life for a wide range of audiences, we are open to all suggestions.

How do I get involved?

First, read the documents on our website to find out more about the process. These will help you prepare the information you’ll need to fill in the online proposal form.

Submit your proposal via the online form on our website by 5pm on Friday 14 September for your chance to be part of one of the world’s best science festivals.

 


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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: Calling all Scottish Foragers in Scotland

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Please briefly tell us a personal story of a foraging experience in Scotland

The Barn, Banchory, Scotland is currently working with the artist and ecologist Newton Harrison and the Centre for the Study of the Force Majeure, University Santa Cruz to explore the implications of Climate Change for Scotland.

Newton has developed a vision for Scotland focused on the commons of air, water, soil and forests that sequester carbon. Newton sees foraging as a vital link in this work and is seeking support from foragers in Scotland.

Would you write a few sentences for us?

Please briefly tell us a personal story of a foraging experience in Scotland that was important to you. It can be a positive, negative or provocative – just vivid in your experience allowing us to share the interest, excitement and challenges perhaps of foraging. You may want to include the following

What do you forage for and where?
Why do you forage ?
What impact, if any, do you believe your foraging might have on the environment?

However, the personal story is the content that Newton is interested in.

Along with this text, Newton would like a hi-res portrait image (300 dpi or 1+ meg capable of being expanded to 6″x6″) to be included in a 7’x9′ artwork as part of the forthcoming exhibition at the Barn and Edinburgh College of art in September as well as Taipei Biennale, Taiwan November – March 2018-19. You will be one of 40 to 50 contributors to this important work. We are now under some pressure of time and would be grateful if you could reply asap.

If you know of other foragers who would like to contribute, please could forward this information or put us in touch. Please do not hesitate to come back with further questions if you would like to know more.

Apologies for cross posting if you receive this email more than once.

Contributions should be forwarded to

Mark Hope cochair.mh@thebarnarts.co.uk

Anne Douglas cochair.ad@thebarnarts.co.uk

We are both involved in developing this work on behalf of the Barn.

with very best wishes and many thanks in advance

Anne and Mark

 


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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

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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

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