Solar panels at Toynbee Studios

Artsadmin logoArtsadmin has taken a major step in reducing its environmental impact with the installation of 40 solar panels on the roof of Toynbee Studios.

Toynbee Studios is Artsadmin’s hub for artistic innovation and development. The studios are home to the organisation’s own staff of 25 and to Artsadmin’s artistic programme, as well as providing office space for over 20 other artists and arts organisations. Fully refurbished in 2007, the theatre and five rehearsal spaces are used by over 13,000 artists every year.

Gill Lloyd, Director of Artsadmin said;

“Our solar panels are a symbol of our commitment to sustainability and the environment. Artsadmin is a leader in the arts and environment field, encouraging artists to address climate change in their work with commissions and special projects and hosting our own Two Degrees festival of art and climate change at Toynbee Studios. We’re determined to practice what we preach, so we’re really delighted to have been able to install this solar panel system.”

The rooftop system of 40 photovoltaic panels will save around 4.6 tonnes of CO2 per year – generating over 10% of the electricity used in the Studios. The panels are installed in an East West formation (rather than the traditional South facing), which maximises the use of the space and means they’ll be active for a longer period each day. A digital display in the foyer shows how much electricity is being generated at any time, as well as the total energy generated and CO2 saved since installation.

The system was installed by Joju Solar. James Page Head of Engineering, said;

“Last year I attended an inspiring climate change event ‘Two Degrees’ at Toynbee Studios and was delighted when Artsadmin agreed to ‘walk the talk’ and find room for some solar panels. Roof space was constrained, as it often is in central London, so we went for an innovative system with panels facing East and West to gather energy in mornings and evenings, which is actually the peak time for electricity use in the UK.”

Artsadmin were motivated to make the investment by Julie’s Bicycle’s Energy Efficiency project. Julie’s Bicycle makes sustainability intrinsic to the business, art and ethics of the creative industries. Alison Tickell, Chief Executive said;

“Artsadmin is a pioneering and deeply ethical organisation in so many ways, and their new solar panels are another great example of leadership. Cultural landmarks powered by renewable energy sources – Glyndebourne, the Tobacco Factory, Artsadmin – are powerful advocates for sustainability, and reach thousands of people every year as well as reducing carbon.”

Luminato Festival (Toronto): Martha Wainwright in conversation

Martha Wainwright in conversation with David Buckland and Tom Rand of Cape Farewell on Arctic Journeys and other adventures

images In 2008 Martha Wainwright joined the Cape Farewell expedition to West Greenland along with fellow musicians Feist, Laurie Anderson, KT Tunstall and other artists and scientists.  On this extraordinary journey she composed a new song which she will perform.  Cape Farewell director David Buckland will show film clips of the expedition and join Martha in conversation to discuss with Tom Rand the issues climate change, the Arctic reality, and the important perspective artists bring to this important subject.

Martha Wainwright is a Canadian musician whose music melds genres of folk, rock, country, and chanson singing. Wainwright joined Cape Farewell for their 2008 Disko Bay Expedition.

David Buckland created and now directs the Cape Farewell Project, he is a designer, artist and film-maker.

Tom Rand is a global thought leader with a recognized record of extraordinary achievement in the promotion of a low carbon economy. A green entrepreneur, investor, advisor, public speaker, and author, Rand’s ambition is to help bring clean technology to life. Tom is: the Cleantech Senior Advisor at MaRS Discovery District; the founder and director of VCi Green Funds; Managing Director of ArcTern Ventures; a co-developer of Planet Traveler, the “greenest hotel in North America”; and the author of both Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World and recent bestseller Waking the Frog: Solutions for our Climate Change Paralysis.
Tom speaks publicly about the issue because it is his belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunities afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy.

The Trieste Contemporanea International Design Contest 2014 is open!

ENGLISH TEXT (di seguito testo italiano)

gocciaWe are pleased to announce that is now possible to participate in MAP PIN, the eleventh edition of the International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea and we would be very grateful if you could help us and spread the information of the competition by your means of communication (you will find a short description below and the contest’s announcement and logo attached).

Whilst hoping the initiative may meet with your favour, we thank you for your kind attention.

Best regards,

Giuliana Carbi Jesurun

Trieste Contemporanea Committee

MAP PIN – Eleventh International Design Contest Trieste Contemporanea

The competition deadline is midnight (Italian time) of the 15th June 2014.

The entry is free.

Designers from 24 Central Eastern European countries are called to submit a project of an original item of contemporary design: a souvenir object and an information flyer which relate to a distinctive feature of a place chosen in one of the countries within the purview of the competition.

The contest is promoted by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Central European Initiative (CEI).

You can read more about the provided prizes and check the competition notice on .

download the announcement.pdf 

download the map pin logo.pdf

For further information please contact:

Trieste Contemporanea Committee


telephone +39 040 639187


Siamo lieti di annunciare che sono aperte le iscrizioni a MAP PIN, l’undicesima edizione del Concorso Internazionale di Design Trieste Contemporanea e vi saremmo grati se poteste aiutarci a diffondere la notizia del concorso attraverso i vostri canali.

Una breve descrizione del concorso è in calce e il bando e il logo sono in allegato.

Sperando che l’iniziativa sia di vostro interesse, vi ringraziamo della cortese attenzione e vi salutiamo cordialmente,

Giuliana Carbi Jesurun

Comitato Trieste Contemporanea

MAP PIN – Undicesimo Concorso Internazionale di Design Trieste Contemporanea

Il termine per l’iscrizione è fissato alle ore 24.00 del 15 giugno 2014.

L’iscrizione è gratuita.

Ai progettisti di 24 paesi dell’Europa centro orientale è richiesto di  creare un progetto di design contemporaneo inedito: un souvenir e un flyer informativo legati ad un elemento distintivo di un luogo sito nei paesi a cui il bando è aperto.

L’iniziativa è promossa con il patrocinio del Ministero degli Affari Esteri italiano e dell’In.C.E. Iniziativa Centro Europea.

Le regole del concorso, i premi e la scheda d’iscrizione sono disponibili sul sito .

scarica il bando.pdf

scarica il logo di map pin logo.pdf

Per ulteriori informazioni:

Comitato Trieste Contemporanea,


telefono +39 040 639187

Edinburgh Coach Tour | Global Shadow, Local Mist

Global Shadow, Local Mist

Coach Tour
Sunday 8th June, 2 – 5pm

As part of Conversation of Monuments, Laura Yuile invites you to join a coach tour to a landfill site, incorporating talks and performances that explore ideas of waste and pollution in regards to material culture, knowledge production, digital and psychological space. Considering ‘invisible’ infrastructures and the relationship we have to them, the event will question how the infrastructure that manages and directs our waste – and the material reality of the waste itself – might serve as a reflecting pool of our times and a method of maintaining divisions and separations. Building upon John Latham’s proposed classification of the Five Sisters bings as ‘monuments’ or ‘process sculptures’ in 1976; the tour takes its starting point as a proposal to view the landfill site as monument, in order to explore new ways of looking at waste and the action that might result from doing so.

With contributions from Angela McClanahan and Neil Bickerton.

This event has been organised by Laura Yuile, Satellites Programme, Critical Discourse Intern.

The tour will leave from Collective at 2pm so please arrive before this time to ensure you catch the coach. Don’t wear your best shoes! The tour will end back at the gallery at 5pm.

Click here to visit Eventbrite to book your free place.

Join Julie’s Bicycle for Sustaining Creativity

The Sustaining Creativity Lab LIVESTREAM will launch at 10.20am on Wednesday 28th May – stay tuned and follow the event online!

View agenda for Sustaining Creativity Lab

We want to understand how the creative community is thinking about the coming decade and what it perceives as the critical drivers for change. We will be making the case that environmental sustainability is a big one, and, with your help, mapping a five to ten year plan.

‘Sustaining Creativity’ is a series of conversations and events exploring environmental challenges, drivers of change, and the opportunities that transformative solutions offer to the creative community.

‘Sustainability’ generally refers to an approach that balances social, financial and environmental considerations. Julie’s Bicycle’s focus is environmental sustainability. While we recognise and seek to reinforce the synergies between social, financial and environmental wellbeing, economic and social development are ultimately contingent on a healthy planet.

Sustaining Creativity will take a holistic approach, intent on shoring up strength and wellbeing over the coming decade. It will consider the likely systemic changes already influencing mainstream thinking and put sustainability at the forefront of creative and cultural innovation.

Sustaining Creativity will:

Discover what the business critical issues are perceived to be from a wide range of representatives from the creative community.

 ambition about what is possible using real examples.

Identify some key shifts needed to develop a creative infrastructure commensurate with global challenges.

Outline what might be done over the next five to ten years to create optimal conditions for change.

Foster confident decision-making that looks beyond political and funding cycles

Produce a series of events and publications

We are working with partners including the Technology Strategy Board, Sustain RCA, RSA, Volans, Pervasive Media Studios, John Elkington, John Kieffer, John Holden, and Haworth Tompkins Architects exploring the following themes:

Alternative approaches to how we measure and explore value culturally, socially and financially

Thinking about how digital connectivity and data can influence our approach to environmental change

Developing design methodologies and partnerships to increase circular use of resources and materials within the sector and more widely


How do these key issues affect Boards and Senior Leaders in the arts?

Watch videos from the Sustaining Creativity launch event in November 2013 byclicking here.

We will be holding a conference on Wednesday 28th May 2014 to present some of the early findings from our survey, and to engage the sector in a further debate about what the next steps should be. For more information about the day, click here.

Read the Where Science Meets Art publication here

OPEN CALL: CSPA Quarterly:  An Open Call for Essays, Artwork, and Reports 

CSPAQ 8The CSPA Quarterly has embarked on what has turned into an incredibly challenging series of publications:  four issues focused on each of the four dimensions of sustainability (as recognized by UNESCO).  Our first issue in the series on Art + Economy was published at the beginning of the year, and our issue on Environment will be released soon.

The remaining issues in the series are open for submission.  Please send us tips, projects, essays, scripts, photographs, etc that represent the two remaining dimensions:

SOCIAL EQUITY / performances, artwork, or public art projects that address issues of social equity- local or global!

CULTURE / Yes, we know this is broad.  We’re looking for essays, projects, etc that evaluate the value of culture, and the role of art and culture in a sustainable society.

Please address submissions to:

For Previous editions, please CLICK HERE

Essay Competition 2014 – Leadership

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Entries are now open for the 2014 WOLFoundation essay competition.


Whether it relates to environmental degradation, personal privacy, the functioning, or otherwise, of our democratic processes and many other issues, many people feel that we are suffering from an almost global crisis of leadership. An inability to break out of the status quo to enable societies to address some of the growing social and environmental issues that we all face.

The theme of this year’s competition is: Leadership: What are the characteristics of effective leadership in the 21st century?

Entrants to focus on the nature of leadership itself rather than the specific issues that leaders should be addressing are encouraged.

Visit the Guidelines page for more details about this year’s competition.


Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.

Cultura21′s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.

The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:

- Sacha Kagan (based in Lüneburg, Germany) and Rana Öztürk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)

Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21

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The rising waters – call for contributions to the Dark Mountain Project

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Do you think about the rising waters?  Do you write about them?  Do they become images in your work?  Do overflowing rivers and flooded fields haunt you.  They haunt Paul Kingsnorth.

Dark Mountain issue five is currently at the printers, and will be hitting the streets (or our online shop, anyway) in early April. In the meantime, we are putting out a call for writing and art for book 6, which will be published this coming October.

The loose theme this time around is ‘The Rising of the Waters.’ We’re looking for writing and art which seriously engages with the likelihood of a gradual, messy winding-down of everything we take for granted. You can read more about what we’re looking for in this blog entry.

As ever, we welcome submissions from writers and artists both new and established. Please read our submissions guidelines before sending us anything. The deadline for submissions in Sunday 4th May. We look forward to seeing what floats in on the tides.

And the full blog post here

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.
It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.
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dot.rural internships

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dot.rural Internship Scheme 2014

dot.rural is one of the three RCUK Digital Economy research hubs and brings together a team of over 80 researchers from a range of academic disciplines to explore the challenges of the rural digital economy. Activities in the Hub are organised around four rural challenges: healthcare, accessibility & mobilities, conservation of natural resources, enterprise & culture. Technology research to meet challenges in these areas is focused around natural language generation and affective communication, mechanisms to support reasoning, coordination and collaboration, intelligent information infrastructures, satellite and wireless communications. More details on the Hub its research activities and projects can be found on the website:

Internship Scheme

As part of its wider engagement with the academic community and impact agenda, dot.rural has introduced a summer internship scheme. This is designed to support students from outside dot.rural and the University of Aberdeen to spend time at the Hub. You will join a lively community of 23 PhD students already based in the Hub, working across a range of disciplines.

The duration of an internship is 10 weeks (full-time) and the scheme is aimed at currently registered postgraduate students, particularly PhD students. For PhD students who receive a stipend from their home university during the internship, a bursary of £300 per week will be available. For PhD students who suspend their stipend at their home university’s request, an enhanced bursary of £350 per week will be available. Internships will take place over Summer 2014.

University accommodation is available (at a cost to the intern) but is only available between 23 June and 30 August 2014.

Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 25 April 2014 by filling in the application form and uploading a CV. Applications will be considered by the Hub Directors and relevant other researchers in dot.rural. For queries relating to the scheme contact Dr Jennifer Holden (, 01224 274238).


Internships are only available to UK or EEA students, i.e. UK nationals at a UK university, EEA nationals at a UK university and EEA nationals at a EEA university. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the scheme and UKBA regulations, students on a Tier 4 visa at UK universities are not eligible to apply for internships.

Due to the nature of the funding for the internship scheme, students registered at the University of Aberdeen are not eligible.

Illustrative Topics

For the 2014 internships we are looking for interns to specify their own 10 week research project related to dot.rural’s current work or future priorities related to the Information Economy. Projects do not need to be rural in their focus and research areas could include (but are not limited to):

  • Social Media – Data Analytics (inc. Text-Mining), Curation
  • Internet of Things
  • Trust, Privacy & Risk
  • Digital Culture
  • Smart Cities
  • Climate Change, Risk & Vulnerability
  • Personal & Pervasive Health
  • Inclusive & Secure Societies

For more background information on the UK Government’s Information Economy strategy, see the report at


  • Deadline for Applications 25 April 2014
  • Decisions Announced 16 May 2014
  • Earliest Internship Start Date 23 June 2014

University Accommodation Available: 23 June to 30 August 2014 (Wavell House £17pppn) 14 July – 30 August (New Carnegie Court en suite £22.50 pppn) contact:

Residential Requirement

It is expected that internship students will be physically present in the Hub everyday during the working week, except when they are away on fieldwork and other meetings away from the Hub. Part of the internship is about spending time in a large interdisciplinary Hub and making the most of the networking opportunities and mentoring opportunities from postdoctoral researchers. Short-term accommodation is can be difficult to find in Aberdeen so it is highly recommended that internship students time their internship period with when university vacation accommodation is available.

Selection Criteria

Each application will be considered on its merits, with the following criteria being used to guide the selection process: academic excellence, fit between student and internship topic, potential for impact, and feedback from referees.

To Apply

To apply for a dot.rural internship please complete the online application form at As part of the application process you will be required to upload a 2 page CV (as pdf) and to supply the names for two referees. For PhD students one of these referees should be your lead supervisor. You will also be required to outline a possible internship project including possible academics and researchers you would work with.

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ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.
It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.
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International Award Celebrates a Greener Edinburgh Fringe

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Applications are now open for the 2014 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, celebrating the greenest and most sustainable shows on the Edinburgh Fringe.

This project, a partnership between Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, rewards shows which engage their audiences with sustainability, take responsibility for their environmental impacts, and think big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world.

Applications are open from February 19th to July 18th, with a shortlist announced in The List on July 30th, and the winner announced in a ceremony at Fringe Central on August 22nd.

“We believe artists and cultural organisations are uniquely placed to address the challenges brought on by climate change,” says Ben Twist, Director of Creative Carbon Scotland.

“This major award celebrates and publicises their innovative work during the Festival Fringe.”

The award for Sustainable Production on the Fringe was first launched in 2010 at the Hollywood Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“We see the arts as the best driver of sustainable societies and it’s not just our opinion: data shows that performance promotes positive environmental, social, and economic impacts,” says Ian Garrett, Director of the CSPA.

“The fringe model provides an ideal platform to start working with sustainable ideas through all of the freedoms and restrictions the festival allows!”

Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of cultural organisations using the arts to help shape a sustainable Scotland.

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts is in the Arts is a Think Tank for Sustainability in the Arts and Culture.

Shows can apply now at

Previous Edinburgh recipients include: The Pantry Shelf (2010), a satirical comedy that takes place in any ordinary pantry shelf, produced by Team M&M at Sweet Grassmarket; Allotment (2011) by Jules Horne and directed by Kate Nelson, produced by Nutshell Productions at the Inverleith Allotments in co-production with Assembly; The Man Who Planted Trees (2012) adapted from Jean Giono’s story by Ailie Cohen, Richard Medrington, Rick Conte and directed by Ailie Cohen, produced by the Edinburgh’s Puppet State Theatre; and How to Occupy an Oil Rig (2013), by Daniel Bye and Company, produced at Northern Stage. Awardees have gone on to future success on the Fringe and presentations around the world including as close as Cardiff for World Stage Design, and as far as New Zealand and all across the US and Canada.


Ben Twist, Director, Creative Carbon Scotland
0131 529 7909

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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