news

Exposure UNESCO-COAL Adapting to the Anthropocene

PAST_WORK_021-e1384858927261

EXHIBITION ORGANIZED BY UNESCO, THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION COAL, COALITION FOR ART AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

Monday, November 25 to Friday, November 30 from 10am to 17:30 ●

Opening Tuesday, November 26, at 18h, in continuation of the roundtable  Thinking Anthropocene from 4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room II

On the occasion of the World Day of Philosophy in 2013.

Fourteen projects by contemporary artists involved in environmental issues named in the various editions of the Prix COAL Art & Environment: Ackroyd & Harvey – Thierry Boutonnier and Ralph Mahfoud – Damien Chivialle – Olivier Darné – Nicolas Floc’h – Hanna Husberg, Laura McLean, Nabil Ahmed, Benedetta Panisson, Rosa Barba, Christopher Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind Marian Tubbs and Drew Denny – Ivana Adaime Makac – Matthew Moore – Liliana Motta – Lucy + Jorge Orta – Zhao Renhui – Anna Katharina Scheidegger – Laurent Tixador – The Migrant Ecologies Project .

Entitled  Adapting to the Anthropocene , this exhibition presented art projects nominated in the various editions of the Prix COAL Art & Environment, which all have in common understanding of the major environmental issues, societal and contemporary, participating in the emergence a new culture of nature and ecology. Each year, through the COAL Art & Environment Award, the association recognizes a contemporary artist involved in environmental issues. The winner is named among the ten selected by a jury of personalities from the world of contemporary art, research, ecology and sustainable development artists, through an international call for projects.

The furnishing of this prize has now become a truly international event that attracts many renowned artists and pioneers in the art of ecology. Each year, the Coal Price Art and Environment is a theme of honor. The 2013 edition on the theme Adaptation received nearly three hundred entries from over 50 countries.

Established in 2010 by the COAL association, COAL Art and Environment Prize of EUR 10 000, is placed under the patronage of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Ecology, Sustainable Development and the Energy, and the National Center for Visual Arts. It also receives support from private partners.

For UNESCO, this exhibition provided an exceptional opportunity to promote to the public the ethical principles and responsibilities for climate change adaptation that the Organization seeks to encourage each day through its activities, and in particular through the activities developed by the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).

These principles and responsibilities that call for humanity to ensure the sustainability of the environment, encourage people to consider biodiversity and ecosystem integrity as the foundation of life on earth.

Beyond the analytical contributions of the social sciences that may help change human behavior, there is no doubt, for UNESCO, that art can not only be suitable emotional way  to foster new attitudes towards nature and the environment, but it can also be their reflection. This is indeed provided by the example of the  COAL association, founded in France in 2008 by professionals of contemporary art, sustainable development and research to foster the emergence of a culture of ecology.

Video credit: The glacier study group, 2013. Institute of critical zoologists

Via Exposure UNESCO-COAL Adapting to the Anthropocene: COAL.

HighWaterLine | Miami

9497365207_69dc47e33dMiami is the most climate vulnerable city in the United States primarily because:

  • The city was built at sea level.
  • Miami’s sole source of drinking water lies beneath the city in an aquifer, incredibly vulnerable to saltwater intrusion (when salt water seeps into fresh water).  In Florida, nearly 7 million people rely on this aquifer for their daily drinking water.

To learn more about Miami’s vulnerability please visit the Sea Level Rise Fact Sheet.

HighWaterLine collaborated with diverse Miami residents to use art to engage greater Miami in conversations about the aforementioned climate change impacts as well as solutions.

Diverse Miami residents created a public performance art piece the length of a marathon (26 miles) in which they demarcated houses, historic places and more, that will be underwater in Miami Beach and the City of Miami when 3 and 6 feet of sea level rise hits Miami. Residents handed off the chalker to one another to create these lines that literally connect the various neighborhoods.  This Miami art piece is based on data provided by Climate Central.

This large public performance piece took place November 13, 14 and 17, 2013. Please visit the HighWaterLine map to see the HighWaterLine routes as they unfolded as well as hear audio stories and see photos of participants. HighWaterLine| Miami is an ongoing, living project. The art reveal is one of many activities HighWaterLine | Miami participants are engaging in. Since August 2013, community members have participated in storytelling and solutions workshops as well as brainstorming sessions including defining climate resiliency in Miami.

Since the key to building a climate resilient community is engaging diverse members of the community, the initial group of HighWaterLine | Miami participants are expanding the project by engaging greater members of Miami’s community via the newly formed group Resilient Miami. They are planning additional creative public education projects.

Heidi Quante, coordinator of HighWaterLine, was quoted in the Miami New Times about one of the participants, Thorn Grafton, an architect and art deco preservation member whose grandfather was John S. Collins, after whom Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue is named:

“You have an older generation who basically helped make Miami Beach what is it today participating, as well as a younger first generation. You have people in Little Havana, who have a much different story from Thorn in Miami Beach, who might be hit by sea level rise because the river waters there will actually flow over faster than in other areas. And the beautiful thing about this project is that the line connects everybody.”

This webpage does not do justice to the variety of amazing participants and the active work they are doing to make Miami a climate resilient city.  Please visit this website in the coming months to learn more about the amazing ongoing work of HighWateLine | Miami.

Coordinator: Heidi Quante

Miami Co-Coordinator: Marta Viciedo

Via HighWaterLine.

Where art and nature meet: Curator Jane Ingram Allen on the first International Nature Art Curators’ Conference in Korea | Art Radar Asia

For the first time, curators from around the world came together in South Korea to discuss the the art of curating nature. 

The inaugural International Nature Art Curators’ Conference was held in Gongju, South Korea, from 30 September to 5 October 2013. Jane Ingram Allen, Curator of Taiwan’s Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, shares her thoughts on the conference and the symbiosis between art and nature across the world.

International_Nature_Art_Conference_Korea_4

The International Nature Art Curators’ Conference in Korea, the first event of its kind, included presentations by nineteen invited international curators from thirteen different countries, all of whom are doing projects involving art and nature. I was one of the invited curators and I presented information and photos about the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, which I have been curating in Taiwan each year since 2010.

This project, held in the small fishing village of Cheng Long on the Southwest coast of Taiwan, brings together six artists from different countries to make site-specific sculpture installations, using natural and recycled materials, that focus on different environmental issues each year. The goal of the Cheng Long Art Project is to raise awareness about environmental issues, and we invite artists to create temporary site-specific artworks that can contribute positively to the environment and go back to nature over time. At the Korea conference, I was able to show photos of past installations in Cheng Long and talk about the curatorial concepts for this project.

International_Nature_Art_Conference_Jane_Allen_Korea_10

What is “nature art”?

Although the conference was focused on nature art, not everyone necessarily defines “nature art” in the same way. Some call this type of art “land art”, others call it “eco-art” and “environmental art.” This conference brought out the many ways that this type of art can be defined, and how in Asia “nature art” has a long history and a unique approach. Man is part of nature and the focus is on living harmoniously with nature, rather than the usual western way of trying to conquer and control nature. Many of the projects and artworks shown by other curators at the conference seem to have no focus on environmental issues, but are more about man’s relationship with the natural world and putting artworks in a natural setting that could be about any subject and using any materials or techniques.

International_Nature_Art_Conference_Korea_16

Sharing the spirit of nature art

The most important benefit of this conference in Korea was the opportunity to meet other curators who are interested in art and nature, and to find out what they are doing in different parts of the world. The first seminar at the conference was called “Sharing the Spirit of Nature Art”, and included a presentation by me about the Cheng Long International Environmental Art Project. Other speakers were:

International_Nature_Art_Conference_Korea_12

At the second seminar, “Moving Nature and Art”, presentations were made by:

  • Clive Adams, Director of the UK Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World
  • John K. Grande, an independent environmental art writer and curator who has curated international nature art exhibitions at botanical gardens in Canada
  • Giacomo Bianchi, President of Arte Sella, a nature art park in Italy with installations by international artists
  • Sue Spaid, environmental art curator now living in Belgium who has curated eco-art exhibitions and directed art centres in the USA.
  • Opening up the discussion 

    One unusual aspect of the conference’s organisation was that pointed questioners were designated for each of the presenters. After the formal presentations the questioners, who were invited speakers and international artists-in-residence in Gongju, asked questions of each speaker. The discussion was also opened up afterwards to questions from the audience, which included local artists, curators, professors and some students from the university. This method of having people designated to ask questions did ensure that there would be some discussion after the speeches, but it seemed a bit awkward and forced to me.

    International_Nature_Art_Conference_14

    The International Nature Art Conference was a great opportunity to exchange ideas about art and nature, and to see new artworks by different artists. As one of the invited curators, Grant Pound, Director of Colorado Art Ranch, USA, put it,

    The major benefit (…) was connecting with people doing projects in other parts of the world and finding those similar to Colorado Art Ranch. This conference was a chance to find new artists and to meet people from other countries doing similar projects.

    The range of projects presented at the conference was amazing, from the large Arte Sella project in Italy, which includes hundreds of artworks by well-known international artists and a sizeable budget with thousands of visitors each year, to small projects such as the Oranki Art Project in Lapland, Finland, started by a young artist couple,Tuomas and Ninni Korkalo.

    Internationa_Nature_Art_Conference_6

    On the third day of the conference we also had presentations by other curators invited to this conference, such as Anni Snyman (South Africa), Director of international land art project Site Specific, Rumen Dmitrov (Bulgaria), Founder of Nature Art Symposium Gabrotski bringing international nature artists to Bulgaria to create site-specific works, and Lynn Bennet-McKenzie (Scotland), Director of nature art programme Ceangal bringing artists to the Scottish highlands to create site-specific nature art. The presentations also included those by other artist groups in Korea that are interested in art and nature, such as Magmamnews, Alternative Art Space Sonahmoo, International Baggat Art Exhibition and of course, Yatoo, the organiser of this conference.

    International_Nature_Art_Conference_Korea_3

    The artists in Yatoo have been doing “nature art” since a handful of young artists founded the group in 1981. The group has presented the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale since 2004, an event that invites many Korean and foreign artists to Gongju every two years to create site-specific installations in a beautiful area along the Geum River. As conference participants, we toured this nature area and saw many interesting artworks by foreign and Korean artists.

    One of the most interesting works we saw was by artist Ko Seung-hyan: an interactive, stylised traditional Korean musical instrument, the artwork is created from a huge tree trunk whose branches act as amplifiers for the sound when visitors play the instrument. Ko is one of the founding members of Yatoo and one of the organisers of the conference along with Mr. Jeon Won-gil, Director of the Yatoo International Project and chief organiser of the International Nature Art Curator’s Conference 2013.

    Another sculpture installation, created for a previous biennale, was a series of metal rings installed under a bridge by Yatoo artist Ri Eung-woo. This sculpture, whose metal rings are arranged in a pattern to represent the notes of a traditional Korean folk song, examines ways to represent sound visually.

    International_Nature_Art_Conference_Korea_15

    Nature art goes nomadic 

    Many hours at this first conference were spent discussing what the Yatoo organisers call the Global Nomadic Project. The organisers’ idea is to bring nature art on the road and travel to many different countries around the world from 2015 to 2018, sharing their art and interacting with colleagues in different countries. One disappointment for me about this conference was that the focus tended to be more about Yatoo’s Global Nomadic Project and not so much the broader idea of moving nature art forward. I expected the conference to focus more on networking and exchanging ideas about international nature art or environmental art around the world. The Yatoo conference organisers assured us that artists from other countries would also be able to join the Global Nomadic Project and travel with them to other countries making their works. However, it was not clear how the other artists would be selected or how they would be supported, since Yatoo expects to get funding for the Global Nomadic Project from the South Korean government’s art council. Some funds may be available to help fund foreign consulting curators and administrative expenses in other countries.

    International_Nature_Art_Conference_Korea_19

    International networks must be strengthened 

    I also was a little disappointed to see that I was the only one attending this conference that represented a project in an Asian country. It seems that Yatoo does need some help to reach out to other like-minded organisations and artists in other countries, particularly in Asia. There was one organisation from Africa, but none from South America or Australia.

    However, the conference did result in the publication of a book that lists the international nature art organisations known to Yatoo, with photos and contact information. This is a great resource and should be expanded to include more organisations around the world that do land art, nature art or environmental/eco-art. I realise that funding was limited and all those who applied could not attend. The Yatoo organisers did ask the curators attending the conference to help to expand the list of nature art organisations around the world. I hope that this first conference of nature art curators can foster more meetings of international groups interested in the environment and art, and spread this movement to more countries.

    Jane Ingram Allen

    Via Art Radar Asia.

    Emergence Website Launch

    Emergence Website Live!

    emergence_walk_with_logo.1

    The new Emergence website is now live.  It can be viewed here, www.emergence-uk.org.

    The timing of the website going live incidentally marked the anniversary of the third year of Emergence activities since the first event at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on October 28th 2010.

    The website is a working archive of all the talks, creative presentations, films, maps, documentslinkscontributors and collaborators. It has information on all the projects from the 2010 CardiffSwansea and Caernarfon conferences to the Document LaunchEmergence SummitCreu Cymru Emergence initiative and Suzi Gablik’s Doin’ Dirt Time. The site gives users access to read and download the Emergence document, view individual films of talks by Bedwyr WilliamsMenna Elfyn,Judith KnightRob Newman and many others, watch the feature film ‘Walking to the Summit,’ download the maps of the Emergence Land Journey, check out past Emergence artist commissions and listen to a number of the collaborators ‘Talking about Emergence’ including Paul Allen, Rhodri Thomas, Jenny Mackewn and Lucy Neal. The Emergence website is intended to be a place which houses and celebrates the work of artists and practitioners who are ‘living the future now’ whilst working towards a sustainable planet. It also tells the story behind the Emergence project as we see it and is a place to hear about future projects, collaborations and gatherings.

    New Emergence website now live!

    Pay us a visit at: www.emergence-uk.org!

    Via Emergence.

    Inaugural CLIMARTE Forum

    ClimarteWebHeadCrop2b0a08
    The Inaugural CLIMARTE Public Forum
    Art Climate Ethics: What role for the arts?
    6.00 – 7.30pm Saturday 15 February, 2014

    We are pleased to present Art Climate Ethics: What role for the arts?
    at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, as part of the Sustainable Living Festival.

    Art Climate Ethics will consider the role of the arts in this time of environmental challenge.  What ethical responsibility does the arts have to engage with these challenging issues? What is the important role the arts can play in understanding and deepening our engagement with the challenge of climate change? Hear what leading thinkers in art, science and philosophy have to say.

    Can you help us make this happen?

    We know you are passionate about role of the arts in addressing climate change – so we need your help to raise the last $5,000 we need to make CLIMARTE’s first Public Forum an event that can’t be ignored!  This forum will attract over 500 people and will form a launch pad for CLIMARTE’s ongoing calendar of events. Your support, at any level, will make a significant contribution and ensure that Art Climate Ethics can have maximum impact:
    $25 will help towards artists’ travel;
    $50 will help towards speakers’ fees;
    $250 will help towards artists’ accommodation;
    $1,000 help us film the forum so we can broadcast it later;
    But any amount will be most welcome!

    Walkley award winning Journalist Rafael Epstein will moderate the panel of speakers including Philosopher Damon Young from the University of Melbourne, leading Australian Artists, Fiona Hall AO and Mandy Martin, and Scientist Professor Steven Chown from Monash University.Thanks to the Australia Cultural Fund and Creative Partnership Australia your donation is fully tax deductible and you can make it online right here!

    Thank you for your support.

    CLIMARTE’s address is:
    PO Box 2429 Richmond South
    Victoria 3121 AUSTRALIACopyright © 2013 CLIMARTE INC., All rights reserved.

    CLIMARTE is a Registered Trademark.

    Via Inaugural CLIMARTE Forum.

    Call for Proposals: 2014 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project in Taiwan

    Call for Proposals

    2014 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project in Taiwan

    “Fishing for a Better Environment”

     img_4975-s

    Artists from all countries are invited to send a proposal for a site-specific outdoor sculpture installation that will celebrate the seafood producers and fishermen of Cheng Long village in Taiwan and raise awareness about environmental issues relating to seafood production, the main livelihood of Cheng Long residents.  The artworks will be created during a 25-day artist-in-residency in Taiwan working with the community and school children from April 10 to May 5, 2014.  Selected artists will receive a stipend (about US$2000), round trip airfare, accommodations and meals, volunteer help and free recycled and natural materials.  For more information and to apply, see the Blog at http://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com or contact Curator Jane Ingram Allen at allenrebeccanjanei@gmail.com.

    Deadline for Entries: January 18, 2014
    Artists will be selected and notified by February 17, 2014
    Installation and Residency in Cheng Long, Kouhu Township, Taiwan: April 1(artists arrive) – May 5, 2014 (artists depart)
    Dates of the Exhibition: May 2, 2014 (opening ceremony), May 3 and 4 – Opening weekend activities with the artists.  The exhibition will stay on display through 2015, and we hope the artworks can continue to be enjoyed into the next year.

    Download the English CALL here:
    CALL for Proposals – 2014 ChengLong Wetlands Environmental Art Project.doc
    CALL for Proposals – 2014 ChengLong Wetlands Environmental Art Project.pdf

    Via Cheng-Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project

    GhostFood: Forever Lost to Climate Change

    ghostfood10

    GhostFood was an event held in the middle of October 2013. It was outside the Robert Rauschenberg Project Space, 455 West 19th Street New York, NY

    Gallery Aferro presented GhostFood, a participatory performance by Miriam Simun and Miriam Songster that explored eating in a future of food scarcity and biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. GhostFood is a food truck that serves, via wearable device, simulated taste experiences of foods threatened with extinction due to the effects of climate change. Scents of threatened foods were paired with climate change-resilient food stuffs, and exchanged for ideas with the public.

    Miriam Simun is a research-based artist investigating the implications of socio-technical and environmental change. She has exhibited and lectured widely, and is a 2013 Creative Capital Grantee in the Emerging Fields for her project EAT YOUR FUTURE. Miriam Songster applies her background in sculpture, video and installation to the creation of scent-based immersive works that engage with the themes of minimalism, site-specificity, and the multi-faceted nature of sensory perception.

    websites:

    http://www.songster.net

    http://www.miriamsimun.com

    via Marfa Dialogues 2013 / New York | Gallery Aferro.

    Bedlam Theatre Wins Venue Sustainability Prize

    This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

    10272860834_b29748d6eb

    Bedlam Theatre has taken the :entertaining sustainability Award for Venue Sustainability at the inaugural Technical Theatre Awards, presented at a ceremony held in October at the annual PLASA London live entertainment technology show at the ExCeL.

    Charlotte Hodge, Bedlam’s Theatre Manager, collecting the Award on behalf of the student-led venue in Edinburgh, said, “Receiving this award is a huge honour for Bedlam. We feel that sustainability is so important to the future of theatre as a whole. We have many ideas on how to improve but as a student-run theatre company we don’t necessarily have the professional experience or the funds to know where to make a start on them. That is why this award is so important to us: it rewards our enthusiasm and our drive to make changes with the resources we have. This award will help us in our mission to make Bedlam Theatre a more sustainable venue for future members.”

    Hodge continued, “Thanks must go to Edinburgh University and the Edinburgh University Students’ Association for their support; to Creative Carbon Scotland and Harry Giles of Festivals Edinburgh for their advice; and to the many Bedlam members who have got us to this point, in particular Luciana Miu, Adam Alton, Bryn Jones and Ruth Luckins.” Tim Atkinson, Technical Director of :entertaining sustainability, the award sponsor, said, “Bedlam Theatre’s team demonstrates once again that it is perfectly feasible to present uncompromising and exciting live entertainment whilst continually innovating and experimenting to reduce the residual impact of its operations”.

    Atkinson went on, “By experimenting with initiatives such as electronic programmes, and collaborating with organisations such as Creative Carbon Scotland, Bedlam repeatedly pushes the envelope of what is achievable within their parameters. Most importantly, the team communicates their work with their audience – a crucial engagement – and with so many patrons at each performance, their message spreads quickly beyond the walls. Huge congratulations to them all.”

    The Technical Theatre Awards has been established to recognise the achievements of backstage staff in production, and was given considerable industry support, not only by its host, Tony and Olivier Award-winning lighting designer and former chairman of the Association of Lighting Designers, Rick Fisher, but by the industry sponsors who supported each award.

    The full list of winners is: Paul Arditti, dBS Award for Outstanding Achivement in Sound; Tim Routledge, Philips Entertainment Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting; Ben Philips, AVW Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation; Jonathan Hall, StageBitz Award for Outstanding Achievement in Prop Making; Chris Layton, PRG Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education; Megan Cassidy, IOGIG Ltd Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wardrobe; Adam Searle, Load Cell Rental Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flys and Rigging; Stefan Musch, The Theatres Trust Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wigs and Makeup; Sadler’s Wells, Spotlight Accounting Award for Receiving Venue of the Year; Autograph Sound, AdVision Hire Company of the Year Award; Janet Williamson, Triple E Award for Outstanding Achievement in Building and Set Construction; Richard Bullimore, Lighting and Sound International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Management; Bedlam Theatre, :entertaining sustainability Award for Venue Sustainability.

    For more information visit www.entertainingsustainability.com

    Image: Charlotte Hodge, 2013-2014 Theatre Manager of Bedlam Theatre, collected the award hosted by Tim Atkinson and Rick Fisher

    The post Bedlam Theatre Wins Venue Sustainability Prize appeared first on Creative Carbon Scotland.

     

    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

    Powered by WPeMatico

    Tree Days for Fife Primary Schools with FCA&C

    This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

    FCAC-Artists-Jonathan-Baxter-+-Sarah-Gittins

    Fife Contemporary Art and Craft recently got in touch to tell us about the culmination of their art and sustainability exhibition ‘The Kingdom of If’ which has been travelling across Fife in MAC, the region’s mobile art coach for the past 18 months.

    Red Devil or Bloody Ploughman anyone? These colourful names are in fact varieties of apple! They will be part of a selection of apple, pear and plum trees being distributed to 14 primary schools across Fife from 19-21 November as part of 3 Tree Days to celebrate Scottish orchards and mark the culmination of Fife Contemporary Art & Craft’s eighteen month long, art & sustainability exhibition, ‘The Kingdom of If’, on board MAC, Fife’s mobile arts coach.

    Curator of the exhibition, artist Jonathan Baxter, and fellow Fife based artist Sarah Gittins are both involved with DUO, Dundee Urban Orchard, an art and horticultural project in Dundee. For ‘Kingdom of If’, they’ve again combined their horticultural and artistic knowledge with an interest in sustainable living. It therefore seemed appropriate to bring the project to a close by off-setting the carbon emissions (over 10 years) caused by MAC travelling around Fife during the exhibition’s 18 month duration by planting fruit trees.

    As primary schools in Fife are one of the main target groups for MAC, fruit trees were offered to schools who could give them a good home. At all the participating schools the trees will be cared for by their eco-schools’ committee or gardening club, or a specific class has been tasked with the responsibility as part of a larger project. When Jonathan and Sarah visit each school in November to deliver the trees, they will also talk to the pupils about the environmental importance of planting trees, the biodiversity of orchards, and also how to care for their trees.

    In the last decade or so, Fife has seen a welcome revival of interest in its orchard heritage. As a result of the Tree Days, overall 8 mini orchards in Fife primary schools will either be created from scratch or augmented which can surely be seen as a significant addition to this burgeoning orchard ‘scene’ in Fife. It is also hoped that while the exhibition will have come to an end, its legacy in the form of fruit trees will continue for much longer.

    FCA&C gratefully acknowledges support for Tree Days from the Forth Environment Link and the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund 2013, and Forestry Commission Scotland. ‘Kingdom of If’ is supported by Museums Galleries Scotland. (The Forth Valley Orchard Initiative is funded by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund. The Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2013/2014, which is part of the initiative, covers the whole of the CSGN area.)

    The post Tree Days for Fife Primary Schools with FCA&C appeared first on Creative Carbon Scotland.

     

    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

    Powered by WPeMatico

    Press Release: Free Training to Help Arts Organisations Reduce CO2 Emissions

    This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

    DSC_0102-e1383669219725

    At our November 4th open meeting Imagine a Different Future: The Arts Shaping a Sustainable Scotland we announced a new training programme for arts organisations that want to measure, report and reduce their carbon emissions. Free workshops throughout Scotland from January to March will provide arts organisations with the tools and knowledge to measure and reduce carbon emissions from energy, water, waste and travel.

    The project follows the arts funder Creative Scotland’s announcement that it will invite arts, screen and creative industries organisations to report their carbon emissions as part of its contribution to achieving Scotland’s climate change targets. As a Public Body, Creative Scotland is updating its own environmental sustainability policy. From 1 April 2014 it will measure its own carbon emissions and ask organisations and individuals that it funds to provide information about their own environmental impacts.

    Creative Carbon Scotland’s Director Ben Twist said:

    We support Creative Scotland’s decision to introduce carbon measurement and reporting as the evidence is clear that measuring is the essential first step to reducing carbon emissions. Recent reports show that climate change is affecting us all. Scotland has world leading targets to reduce its carbon emissions and we think the arts should be at the heart of this. We have therefore worked with Creative Scotland to make this reporting as easy as possible and useful to organisations in reducing their carbon emissions. We will provide free training to arts organisations beginning to improve their environmental sustainability so that the arts world is helping lead the drive towards a low carbon Scotland.

    Creative Carbon Scotland already works with 70 arts organisations, from Edinburgh’s Festivals to theatres and galleries, to help reduce their carbon emissions and save energy and money. Its unique website, www.creativecarbonscotland.com, brings together news about projects and events joining the arts and environmental sustainability in Scotland. It also includes the Green Arts Portal, a specially designed site providing hundreds of tips on carbon reduction and useful resources to help take action and free access to the Julie’s Bicycle IG Tools – a cultural sector carbon calculator – and sMeasure, a building energy and water management system.

    (ENDS)

    NOTES TO EDITORS

    Creative Carbon Scotland is a charity initiated by Edinburgh’s Festivals with key partners the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network. It is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture and Sport division. For more information visit www.creativecarbonscotland.com or call Director Ben Twist on 0131 529 7909/07931 553872

    Creative Scotland Director of Communications Kenneth Fowler outlined Creative Scotland’s revised environmental sustainability policy at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on 4 November. The policy states that from the financial year 2014/15 Creative Scotland will report its own carbon emissions and ask recipients of its funding to report their own emissions, in line with its responsibilities as a Public Body under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

    Workshops CCS will run three phases of workshops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Dumfries and other locations depending on demand, as well as offering video-conference workshops for remotely located organisations. Workshop 1 introduces the project and provides the basics of measuring energy, water and waste; Workshop 2 focuses on measuring business travel; the 3rd phase is the first of regular Green Meets, providing informal knowledge sharing and advice between local Green Champions. All workshops will be free for arts organisations supported by Creative Scotland.

    IG Tools CCS works in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle, the leading London-based agency working on carbon reduction in the arts, to provide a special Scottish version of the Industry Green tools, used widely throughout England, Wales and abroad.

    sMeasure CCS licenses this powerful building energy and water management tool especially designed for small and medium sized businesses, provided by Pilio Ltd, for free use by Scottish arts organisations.

    Image: Artist Nic Green speaking speaking at Image A Different Future

    The post Press Release: Free Training to Help Arts Organisations Reduce CO2 Emissions appeared first on Creative Carbon Scotland.

    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

    Powered by WPeMatico