Prague Quadrennial 2015 is going to present world-class theatre masters!

Prague Quadrennial, the world´s largest scenography event, is coming with a rich program filled not only with exhibitions from more than 70 countries and up-to-date theater design works, but also hundreds of live events such as lectures, workshops, architecture walks, public space projects and much more! PQ’15 has recently announced its preliminary daily program with star-filled lectures and master classes.

The PQ will include lectures, discussions, and presentations that explore contemporary trends in this fast developing field of scenography including a series of talks with and about leading theater makers and scenographers – Andris Freibergs, Jerzy Gurawski, Robert Wilson, Robert Lepage, Julie Taymor and many more,“ says Sodja Lotker, artistic director of PQ’15 .

PQ will also offer discussions about issues of ‘national scenography’ led by Irish theatre critic Peter Crawley; and discussion about methods of scenographic education around the world with educators Tatjana Dadić Dinulović and Sofia Pantouvaki.

There will be talks with Stefan Kaegi from Rimini Protokoll, Sean Patten from Gob Squad, and Maaike Bleeker, curated by New Zealand designer and theorist Dorita Hannah that will explore screens and projection as important tools in contemporary performance. Lectures by Polish artist Wojtek Ziemilski, Australian architect and dramaturg Benedict Anderson, and British art activist John Jordan will explore the position of artists in contemporary society, touching on the main PQ concept of scenography of the” SharedSpace”. The morning Breakfast with Reija series moderated by Finnish performance designer Reija Hirvikoski will provide an open lounge space for scenography talks often directly connected to issues about the PQ itself.

Elevator Repair Service’s John Collins will talk about sound design dramaturgy. There will also be discussions and talks surrounding the Library of Light and Critical Costume projects that will provide spaces for detailed exploration of individual scenographic disciplines.

Last but not least, the leading German contemporary theatre magazine, Theatre der Zeit will tackle the specificities of German scenography with set designers Barbara Ehnes, Katrin Brack, Mark Lammert and theorist Ulrike Haß.

Download preliminary daily program *

Important dates:
The opening of PQ 2015: Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 18:00
Awards ceremony : the evening of Monday June 22, 2015.

* Please note that the preliminary program does not include all of the numerous live events taking place during PQ 2015. The full and final version of the program will be announced soon.

PQ 2015 Preliminary program


With : Julian Charrière (Switzerland), François Génot (France), Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni (France), Tue Greenfort (Denmark), Hanna Husberg (Finland), Toril Johanessen (Norway), Gianni Motti (Switzerland/Italy) and Anaïs Tondeur (France).

The exhibition “Systémique”, the first of the cycle Think global, act local, to be followed by “Open Source” and “Ultralocal”, is based on a set of visual and conceptual connections that evoke the complexity and the interdependence of our systems.

Our entry into the era of the Anthropocene, an era in which humanity, as explained by chemist Paul Crutzen, has became the primary geological force, involves phenomena beyond our temporal and spatial perception. It is characterized by systemic thinking, a way of reading the world that focuses on the links between things rather than the objects themselves.

The financial system (systemic crisis and not a crisis of the real economy) reminded us to which extent the Anthropocene is a succession of abstractions, but operational abstractions. All that makes systems (immunology, ecology, society) raises problems of representation, perception, form, which the artists seize to reveal our world in all its complexity. They manage to reveal its poetry, giving a sensitive experience of this new way of thinking the world.

Opening Friday, March 13th at 18:30
Exhibition presented from 14.03 to 05.24.2015

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CEAAC (Centre Européen d’Actions Artistiques Contemporaines – European Centre for Contemporary Art Projects) has been in existence for 24 years. Its main activities include the installation of artworks in public space, the organisation of exhibitions in its contemporary art centre, increasing awareness of contemporary art through cultural mediation actions and the publication of art books and the management of several artists’ residency programmes around the world.


The Coalition for art and ecology (COAL) was set up in France in 2008 by professionals in contemporary art, sustainable development and research. Trailblazing and cross-cutting, COAL is working to promote a new generation of artists focusing on environmental and societal issues, in partnership with cultural spaces, NGOs, scientists and the business world. COAL organises contemporary art exhibitions about the environment in prestigious places such as UNESCO and Domaine de Chamarande and created in 2010 the COAL Prize Art and Environment.

Image : Tue Greenfort, Milk demonstration, TG/P 97/00, 2014

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Culture Shift: How Artists are Responding to Sustainability in Wales

Culture Shift: How Artists are Responding to Sustainability in Wales’ is a research report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales bPaul Allen, Emily Hinshelwood, Fern Smith, Rhodri Thomas and Sarah Woods

The report is available as a download in English and Welsh

Logo_Emergence_PINK_RGB.1.1‘Culture Shift’ gives an overview of the many pioneering sustainable arts initiatives currently operating across Wales. The report is a witness to what is going on already. It is also intended as a statement of intent and a call to action. It highlights the power of the arts to contribute towards or even take a leading role in the transition to a life-sustaining society. It is hoped that this report will contribute towards future arts policy within the context of the Welsh Government’s ‘Well-being of Future Generations’ Bill’. The report draws attention to how a growing number of artists are leading a paradigm shift in values and relationships around access to future resources.

 It contains recommendations to the Arts Council of Wales regarding future artspolicy in supporting the development of such pioneering practice. It is backed up by case studies and interviews from many artists and organisations and builds on the results from a sector wide survey conducted in Spring 2014. The appendices to the report give the survey data in more detail as well as naming many projects, formative books, articles, useful resources, contacts and organisations.

Although concentrating on Welsh activity the research is framed within the context of the wider changes and inspirations Welsh artists are drawing from those outside – including Artsadmin, Julies Bicycle, Tipping Point, Platform, Creative Carbon Scotland, People United, Encounters and Case for Optimism.

The work was undertaken by a team of artists and specialists in sustainability.These are; Fern Smith – actor and director and co-founder of Volcano Theatre, Sarah Woods – writer and performer, Emily Hinshelwood – poet and performer, Paul Allen – Communications Director for the Centre for Alternative Technology and Rhodri Hugh Thomas – actor, writer and sustainable development specialist with Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales.

 “Emergence bid for and succeeded in the tender, not as consultants but as artists. We aimed at the process and outcome as being a creative collaboration between artists and those working in the field of sustainability designed to include as many voices as possible. We see this report very much building on and contributing to a growing narrative that appears to be gaining momentum and confidence across Wales, the UK and beyond. We hope that ‘Culture Shift’ will be a working document. We hope that it will serve as an impetus for others to join the conversation and to support those already doing this work.”

Fern Smith, creative producer Emergence

“This is an important report and the issues it raises are worthy of debate. We are very conscious of the need for organisations such as ourselves to show leadership and commitment. The support and encouragement of the arts sector to continue the excellent work that is already going on is vital. Wales’ arts sector has already taken a lead on this and this report attempts to document, record it and share it.”

Sian Tomos, Arts Council of Wales

“Wales – a creative culture where artists are in abundance – is one of only three democracies willing to hold themselves legally accountable for promoting principles of sustainability. It is no surprise, therefore, that this leading edge reportcomes from Wales. Without artists how can we ever fully feel our way into asustainable community or create the relationships that sustain us through difficult times?”

Margaret Wheatley, activist and author

Emergence is a collaborative project designed to develop a low carbon, resource efficient arts infrastructure and to enable the arts to be a crucible for new ideas and thinking. Core partners on Culture Shift are VolcanoCynnal Cymru-Sustain WalesAwel Aman Tawe and Centre for Alternative Technology

Greenie-in-Residence program at Arts House

A set of principles for Greening the Arts that emerged through the 2014 Greenie-in-Residence program at Arts House.

Melbourne-based theatre artists and arts organisations embraced the opportunity to build on their environmental performance and sustainability knowledge this year, by joining this innovative program with Arts House ‘Greenie’ Matt Wicking.

The year-long program of workshops, consultation and networking saw them incorporating environmental sustainability into the making and distribution of their work.

Areas covered included measurement and materials, impacts and emissions, action planning, communications and more.

Participants included Arts House, A is for Atlas, Bek Berger, Circus Oz, Fragment31, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, KAGE, Polyglot Theatre, Next Wave, SANS HOTEL and Victorian Opera.

This event is for anyone interested in greening the arts, and also launches a practical guide for arts practitioners wanting to green their practice.

To learn more about this project, email

Read practical principles from a year of Greening the Arts: Reflections of a Greenie-in-Residenceby Matt Wicking.

The Greenie-in-Residence Project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Update of the International campaign for the inclusion of culture in the UN post-2015 agenda

This message was sent to the signatories of the Declaration

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Endorsement to Declaration reaches 2,200 signatories from 120 countries, including more than 800 organizations

  • UN Secretary General synthesis report ”“The Road to Dignity by 2030“, released on Dec. 4 as a lead up the final round of negotiations on the post-2015 Development Agenda. It recognizes the enabling role of culture:

“We must also mobilize the power of culture in the transformative change we seek. Our world is a remarkable mosaic of diverse cultures, informing our evolving understanding of sustainable development. We still have much to learn from cultures as we build the world we want. If we are to succ governments. It must be embraced by people. Culture, in differenteed, the new agenda cannot remain the exclusive domain of institutions and aspects, will thus be an important force in supporting the new agenda.” (Para. 132)

  • Global networks leading the campaign “The Future We Want Includes Culture” have responded to the report by calling for the outcome document to more fully embrace the transformative potential of culture. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has issued its own response with emphasis on access to information.
  • Consultations with UN member states in preparation for the final round of negotiations indicate reluctance to reopen the outcome document of the Open Working Group containing 17 goals and 169 targets, if only to streamline it although there is no consensus on this.
  • Focus is likely to shift to targets and indicators, with an emphasis on measuring tangible results and accountability. UNSG synthesis report calls for indicators to include other measures than GDP.
  • ·      Global cultural networks have just issued their proposal of indicators “Recognizing the role of culture to strengthen the UN post-2015 Development Agenda”. They argue for taking into account the great strides accomplished by multilateral organizations such as the OECD, UIS, UNESCO, WIPO, UNCTAD and the World Bank in meeting the challenge of universal comparative data for culture.

Other news:

  • The Third UNESCO World Forum and Cultural Industries adopted the Florence Declaration outlining recommendations for the incorporation of culture in the post-2015 development agenda. United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) members are to adopt a new Agenda 21 for Culture (see second draft) at their Summit of Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) on 18-20 March 2015.
  • The Red Latinoamericana de Arte y Transformación Social (Latin American network for the art and social transformation), with members in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and central America, joins the other global networks in the campaign “The Future We Want Includes Culture”.

What you can do:

  • Read the proposal on cultural indicators and send us examples of cultural initiatives that have made a positive contribution to development with their indicators and measures of results to help us put forward a platform of universal reach and appeal to UN member states. The best examples received will be annexed to the proposal. Please be succinct and concrete. Write us at Forward the proposal on cultural indicators to your country’s permanent representative to the UN and to the persons in charge of defining your country’s position (Foreign Affairs / International Cooperation).
  • Use the communications tools to ask organizations and individuals that have not yet endorsed the Declaration to do so.
  • Share the Declaration in French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese and Russian.
  • Follow #culture2015goal on Twitter


The COAL Art and Environment Prize, dedicated this year to the climate (a national priority in 2015) will be awarded for the 6th consecutive year to an artist selected from 10 finalists, for an art project concerning the climate. The Ocean occupies 71% of the surface of the planet, but is often conspicuously absent from the engagements made by states in climate negotiations. It should be major factor! To place the ocean at the center of the debate, Tara Expéditions et the COAL Association are launching a special “Oceans” prize for the COAL Art and Environment 2015 competition. The winning artist will be awarded a residency aboard Tara during an expedition in the Pacific Ocean.

Special Award “Oceans”

The winner of this special prize will spend a month aboard TARA, a legendary boat built for extreme conditions, during a mission entitled “Coral Reefs Facing Global Change on the Planet.” The expedition will take place from 2016 to 2018 in the Pacific Ocean, particularly in the Coral Triangle of Southeast Asia. The expedition aims to understand the evolution of coral reefs – vital hotspots of marine biodiversity that are currently confronting rapid changes in demography and climate. This special “Oceans” Prize will be awarded to an artistic project engaged in saving the oceans in light of current climate issues.

The COAL Art and Environment Prize 2015 – Objective COP21

Since 2010, the COAL Art & Environment Prize has been revealing the richness of responses brought by artists to address current environmental problems. Each year the awards honor 10 projects related to environmental issues, selected through an international call for projects. This year the COAL Art and Environment Prize is dedicated to the theme of climate – to inspire the COP21, and offer the general public and policy makers highly creative and unusual ways to understand the complexity of climate change.

The winner of the COAL Art and Environment Prize 2015 will receive a grant of 5,000 euros and a residency at the Domaine de Belval, owned by the François Sommer Foundation.

The winner of the special “Oceans” Prize will embark aboard TARA in 2016, during an expedition in the Pacific Ocean.

This sixth edition of the COAL Prize Art and Environment is part of ArtCOP21, an exceptional cultural festival initiate by COAL and our UK partners Cape Farewell, that will take place in France during COP21. ArtCOP21 is an unprecedented collaboration of cultural actors who are keen to instigate an ecological transition towards a healthier environment – through arts and culture. The mission of ArtCOP21 is to engage the wider public in creating a positive vision for a sustainable future.

The call for proposals is open until February 28, 2015, midnight

Download the call for entries


Application deadline : February 28th, 2015 at midnight.

The COAL Prize will be awarded in Autumn 2015.

PLAYA Residency Approaching Deadline March 1, 2015

PLAYA’s residencies are open to visual and performing artists, scientists, writers, and individuals engaged in other forms of creative research. PLAYA welcomes a range of applicants–from emerging artists of promise to professionals with an established history of accomplishment.

Residencies are awarded for 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks and include housing, work or studio space, and twice weekly group dinners at no cost. There is a $35 application fee for individuals ($70 for collaborative teams) to cover administrative costs.

For more information visit our website at

Apply online at

Applications are now open with a deadline of March 1, 2015.

PLAYA, in south central Oregon, is a retreat for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location. PLAYA offers seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A residency provides the time and space to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes.

‘Fit to Burst’ to realise the full production of new show ‘Last Night I Met You Dreaming.’

Fit to Burst is a London based theatre company that makes magical shows, with heart, for everyone.

Conceived and directed by Rebecca Tortora and devised by the company ‘Last Night I Met You Dreaming’ is a magical allegory exploring our ambivalent relationship with nature and the dangers of taking too much.

Inspired by the magic realism writer Isabel Allende, the activist and playwright Eve Ensler and the journalist Naomi Klein ‘Last Night I Met You Dreaming’ is a journey into the wild, a warning and a call for connection.

In an absurd mechanical world where nature is suppressed and speed is king a journalist has forgotten how to feel. She is charged with writing about a mountain in ‘The Region’, a lush green place on the verge of collapse. This ancient silver mine, the source of the first global currency and the site of oppression, is to be newly tapped for resources despite warnings that it will implode. When her editor tries to block the story, supernatural forces intervene, her filing cabinets come to life and she is sucked inside. Here she meets Lola, a storyteller, and a host of spirits and mavericks who conspire to unravel the story and unlock her heart.

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‘Last Night I Met You Dreaming’ is a tale of passion, resistance, one woman’s journey to connection and the individual as a microcosm for the world. It asks how can we look at our animal nature? What is the role of that in our destruction of our only home? Can emotional connection help to create a more sustainable future?

In May 2014 Fit to Burst received a grant from Arts Council England to support a one month research and development period. As a result of this they now have a full script, a great story, strong musical/movement and design elements and are ready to go into full production. 

They are booked to premier at exciting London theatre and art space The Bussey Building in July 2015. And are seeking support to make it happen!

If we don’t raise this money we can’t create the show. We really need your support!

Help us to #makeithappen!


The Holding Ground Conference, March 14-15, 2015 – New York City

The Holding Ground conference will bring together artists of all mediums who are interested in using their creativity to explore the potential of an ecologically conscious society, in a world beyond unsustainable energy practices.

The conference will take place in NYC on March 14-15, 2015. Our emphasis throughout the conference will be on using art as a means to explore place.

We hope that this event will recharge and inspire participants to become “seeds” of alternative consciousness. Yet we are also humbly committed to helping create new connections that persist and sustain well beyond the weekend’s events – to form networks of roots for holding ground.

Weekend Overview:

Saturday Location: The Commons, Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Ave. (btwn Bond and Hoyt) – 9 AM – 10 PM


  • welcome & introductions
  • “dérive” walk in which participants will have a unique experience of place by paying attention to details in the landscape that are otherwise often overlooked


  • all participants will have a voice in explaining their dream or current project, being encouraged to focus on ways they might share passions, talents, and experiences with others
  • participants will take part in a series of discussion and interactive sessions facilitated by working artists and artist-activists


  • we will gather for a concert, art, and the announcement of a new environmental arts award sponsored by New York Loves Mountains

Sunday Location: Textile Arts Center in Manhattan, 26 W. 8th St. (btwn MacDougal and 5th Ave.) – 10 AM – 1 PM

  • we will merge talents and passions to create a collaborative public art piece, guided by Toronto-based visual artist Tania Love, using plant based inks
  • the piece will be on view for the community to the end of March

Sessions Facilitated by Nicole Pouliot, James Cersonsky, Andrew Munn, Monica Hunken and others.

For more information and to apply, visit

Julie’s Bicycle and IFACCA release D’Art Report 34b – The arts and environmental sustainability: an international overview.

A global review of developments in policies and programmes related to culture and environmental sustainability has been published this week by key international organisations Julie’s Bicycle and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).

The aim of the report, D’Art Report 34b – The arts and environmental sustainability: an international overview, was to inform international arts leaders about good practice and resources in this key policy area, and how such policies impact on national arts and cultural organisations.

This ground-breaking international overview is the result of surveys and interviews with arts funding agencies from around the world carried out by Julie’s Bicycle and IFACCA between November 2013 and May 2014 and supplemented with additional research. It follows D’Art Report 34, released jointly in 2009 by IFACCA and Arts Council England that presented examples of good practice in the arts and sustainability.

D’Art Report 34b provides a snapshot of arts and cultural engagement with environmental sustainability with an emphasis on policies, not on artistic content or wider arts practice. The report shows varied preoccupations and priorities according to social, economic, political and geographical context of the respondents.

The findings demonstrate that most respondents believe environmental sustainability to be relevant to arts funding agencies and funded organisations and that there is widespread interest in future development in this direction. However, tangible and applied mechanisms to support environmental sustainability both within agencies and in the organisations they fund are still uncommon and there is little practical and focused guidance for arts funders, workers, or practitioners.

The report, which financially supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Council Ireland, includes early examples of good practice; identifies agencies already embedding environmental sustainability in their country or region; and makes recommendations for enhancing the level of inclusion of environmental sustainability in cultural policymaking and action.

“The arts and cultural sector, in the main, has well-articulated values that promote equality, inclusion, diversity and community and strong arguments around social and financial sustainability. The sector is well-placed to integrate the environmental dimension with the social and financial dimensions: in part, the narratives have already been written. It is up to the sector itself to take up this leadership opportunity, developing greater cultural environmental literacy and an evidence base to articulate its contribution and value to sustainable development and the shaping of our future.”

– Alison Tickell, CEO, Julie’s Bicycle

“This report is particularly pertinent in the context of the current campaign to include culture in the post-2015 sustainable development goals, championed by IFACCA and five other international networks in consultation with UNESCO. It highlights the potential benefits of giving greater attention to culture’s fundamental role in achieving development outcomes.”

– Sarah Gardner, Executive Director, IFACCA

The full report is available at: .