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Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call | Valuing Nature Network

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Reposted from the Valuing Nature blog (Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call | Valuing Nature Network)

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) is inviting proposals that address the issues and opportunities around green infrastructure (GI) in the planning and investment decisions that are made by local policymakers, local planners and organisations responsible for developing the built environment (construction, house builders, developers).

Project proposals submitted in this current round (deadline Thursday 22 October 2015) are expected to start by 1 January 2016 and to last for up to two years. A maximum of £125k (£100k at 80% FEC) may be requested. Smaller, targeted activities of three months upwards are also welcome and NERC anticipates seeing a range of requests within the £125k limit, reflecting the range of potential projects and activities.

Full details can be found on the NERC website

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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516 Arts – HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts

516 ARTS is organizing a collaborative season of public programming in the fall of 2015 that explores climate change through the arts to create a platform for education and dialogue. The public programs for HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts will include: a series of exhibitions at 516 ARTS; the popular Downtown Block Party; special events with guest speakers; film screenings; and youth programs.

Climate change is an urgent issue of both global and local concern. The Southwest can be considered one of the most “climate-challenged” regions of North America, with rising annual temperature averages, declining water supplies, and reduced agricultural yields. In New Mexico we’ve already seen destabilized and unpredictable weather patterns, water sources going dry, forests not recovering from fire, loss of urban trees, and crop failures. Public programs for HABITAT strive to raise awareness about these issues by taking an innovative approach to engaging with social and environmental change, and by bringing the community together to focus on sustainability.

Interactive Art Projects, food, music and fun for the whole family!

516 ARTS presents its third Downtown Block Party on Saturday, September 12, 2015 on Central Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets Downtown, which expands the gallery programs into the street.  This year, the event is presented in partnership with the Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Initiative in celebration of the Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District.  It highlights outdoor artworks and projects that address alternative energy, food issues, and land and water use in the future, all with a focus on positive solutions and dialogue.  For example, GhostFood by Miriam Simun, is a performance and interactive/participatory event that explores eating in a future of biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. The GhostFood mobile food trailer serves scent-food paintings that are consumed by the public using a wearable device that adapts human physiology to enable taste experiences of unavailable foods.  Little Sun Pop-Up Shop, by artist Olafur Eliasson (Berlin, Germany) and engineer Frederik Ottesen (Copenhagen, Denmark), showcases an attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp they have developed, which serves as a social business focused on getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.2 billion people worldwide without access to electricity.  For The Future of Energyby Andrea Polli and students, the public is invited to engage with local energy issues using an app to find and create potential, and to see what they are generating in real time through visualization tools.


Knew Normal and Off the ChartsAugust 29 – October 31, 2015

516 ARTS presents concurrent exhibitions focused on navigating changing environments.  Knew Normal,curated by Nancy Zastudil, features paintings, drawings and photography and small props that bear witness to the effects of climate change on our environments, bodies and psyches.  Artists include: Gala Bent, Nick Brown, Mel Chin, Adriane Colburn, Naomi Kizhner, Lee Lee, Wendy Mason, Nina Montenegro, Ryan Pierce, Dario Robleto, Miriam Simun and Cedra Wood.  Off the Charts,curated by Rhiannon Mercer and Claude Smith, explores the visual language that artists use to document, process, map and manipulate a better understanding of the ever-evolving world we inhabit.  Artists include: Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet, Anne Gilman, Jerry Gretzinger, Mary Iverson, Bethany Johnson, Jane Lackey, Mitchell Marti, Nathalie Miebach, James Sterling Pitt, Ross Racine, Matthew Rangell and Alexander Webb.

Scott GreeneBewildernessand Beau Carey: RiseNovember 21, 2015 – January 9, 2016

516 ARTS spotlights two of Albuquerque’s most prolific painters with concurrent solo exhibitions exploring contemporary changes in the landscape from human activity while referencing the rich history of classical and 19th century American Landscape painting.  Scott Greene: Bewildernesssuggests a place existing beyond imagination, myth and reality where awe-inspiring pristine wilderness endures side by side with the idea of nature as something to be controlled and exploited.  Beau Carey: Risereferences navigational coastal profiling and compositional structures of the 19th century American landscape painters to examine how modern landscapes came to be spatially constructed.  Rooted in globalism and environmental dominance, these paintings look at how we will navigate and view a rapidly changing physical world.


516 ARTS will present a series of speakers to address the issues around climate change from both the science and art perspectives.  Speakers include renowned artist Mel Chin, who is currently working on a project about developing a solar economy in the Western Sahara (September 10, 5>30pm, presented in partnership with UNM College of Fine Arts); and Ruben Arvizu who, together with Jean-Michel Cousteau, was named Ambassador of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate and serves as Director for Latin America with the Cousteau Society (November 12, 5:30pm, presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center).


516 ARTS is offering STEM+Arts workshops with artists Abbey Hepner and Rubén Olguin at local schools in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, STEMarts Lab and The Paseo.  We will also host student groups at 516 ARTS for exhibition tours, discussions and hands-on activities throughout the fall.

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516 ARTS
Albuquerque Public Schools
AmeriCorps VISTA
Central Features
Civic Plaza Presents
Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Initiative
Downtown Grower’s Market
National Hispanic Cultural Center
The Paseo
STEMArts Lab
University of New Mexico:
Art & Ecology
Center for Advanced Research Computing
College of Fine Arts
Creative Writing Program
Landscape Architecture


The Albuquerque Journal
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Bernalillo County Community Events
Conservation Voters New Mexico/Juntos
Levitated Toy Factory
Mid-Region Council of Governments
Positive Energy Solar
Union of Concerned Scientists
University of New Mexico
College of Fine Arts
School of Engineering
Office of Research/Provost


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Bernalillo County Community Events
The City of Albuquerque:
Mayor Richard R. Berry, City Council
& Urban Enhancement Trust Fun
The FUNd of ABQ Community Foundation
McCune Charitable Foundation
New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of
Cultural Affairs, with the National Endowment for the Arts

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Image: EVII from Jerry’s Map by Jerry Gretzinger, Still from Chasing Ice by James Balog


What would happen if you bring together artists from different cultures to interact and create works through use of materials from the environment?” Why not join us and find out?

DATE: September 9 – 30, 2015
VENUE: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana

Nka Foundation invites arts practitioners from around the world for the 2015 International Artist Workshop at Abetenim Arts Village in Ghana. Practitioners in the visual arts, building arts, literary arts, performing arts, design and film/new media are all welcome to participate. We will immerse ourselves in the local environment and create site-specific works through use of earth and other materials from the environment. Our rural arts village provides the participant with time and space away from the everyday stresses of city/studio life to focus and investigate own practice, creating the possibility for discovery, collaboration and growth. The arts village has an openair theatre, workspaces and guest houses for your accommodation. Most evenings will be used for reviewing workshop progress along with artist lectures, impromptu performances and presentations by workshop participants. By alternating work and dialogues, we anticipate cross fertilization of ideas. Join us!

COST: Food and accommodation 120€/week (flight costs are not included).
CONTACT: / for application form. Proposals will be reviewed until spots are filled

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“SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: Biodiversity/Extinction”

the 17th international art-sci juried exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI)

October 10, 2015 – February 28, 2016 at the New York Hall of Science

Today we are learning the importance of the conservation of Earth’s biodiversity for more than its innate beauty, capacity to inspire art, and to lift our spirits. It is acknowledged by scientists and even governments around the world, as the key indicator of the health of our planet’s ecosystems. And, a rich biodiversity underpins ecosystem “services” (such as recycling of nutrients, purifying water, removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen to our atmosphere, and sustaining habitat for animals and organisms like trees, and seeds that produce food), all essential for human sustainability on our beautiful planet.

This exhibition will demonstrate the wide diversity of visual tropes that today’s artists are employing to reflect upon the crisis of biodiversity loss and species extinction. We are seeking 2D images of original art executed in any media.


Elizabeth Corr, the Manager of Art Partnerships at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Dr. Paula J. Ehrlich, the President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.


DEADLINE:   August 23, 2015

Applications are now open for Spring 2016 Residencies at Playa

“My time at Playa ranks as one of the most productive and artistically rewarding periods of my life. 

Whatever happened to me on my walks, in my conversations with staff and fellow cohorts, in my daily exposure to the natural world and its elements—it has led to a complete and utter rediscovery of how I write, why I write, and help me tap back into a creative force as a playwright that I haven’t felt in 10 years.”  Kevin Doyle (2014)

Applications are now open for Spring 2016 Residencies.

Deadline is September 1, 2015



PLAYA’s Spring 2016 Residency Application period will open soon. The application deadline is September 1, 2015. 

The Spring 2016 residency season will run from January to June 2016 (exact dates to be determined soon). All residency sessions will begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Applicants may choose between periods of 2 week, 4 week, 6 week, or 8 week sessions. If you have questions regarding Playa’s residencies, or the application process, email us at

To apply, please read the following guidelines, then go to and follow the instructions.

On the edge of the Great Basin, PLAYA offers creative individuals the space, the solitude and the community 
to reflect and to engage their work through its residency program. PLAYA supports innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences and other fields of creative inquiry and encourages dialogue between disciplines to 
bring positive change to the environment and the world. 


Playa’s residencies are open to scientists, visual artists, writers, performing artists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or other forms of creative research. Playa welcomes a range of applicants–from emerging artists of promise to professionals with an established history of accomplishment. However, applicants must exhibit a recent history of focused work within the discipline they are applying. In addition they must address, in the application, their ability to thrive in a remote, isolated community and be self-directed in their work. All residents’ work must be compatible with Playa’s available studio spaces, facilities, and resources, and with Playa’s rural setting and community (see policy below). Age, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation is not considered when reviewing applications for residencies.


A rotating panel of artists, writers, scientists and other professionals review proposals and recommend applicants for residencies. Applicants are assessed and admitted based on their demonstrated commitment to their work, and to what degree their creative process and work will benefit from the uninterrupted time and independent living environment that a residency at Playa provides. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of Playa.

Application Deadlines

September 1, 2015 is the application deadline for Spring 2016 Residency awards. Award notifications will be made by October, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Completed applications and supporting materials must be submitted online at does not accept  Residency Applications by email, regular mail, or fax.

Annually, we have two rotating application deadlines:

  • March 1 – for residencies occuring in the Fall (August – December) of that year.
  • September 1 – for residencies occurring in the Spring (January – June) of the following year.

There are no fees charged for a Playa Residency. However, your application must be accompanied by a $35.00 non-refundable processing fee ($70.00 if applying as a collaborative team of two or more) . If accepted each resident (including each member of a collaborative team) is asked to submit a $100.00 deposit, which is refunded following the completion of a residency and is not refundable if a residency is cancelled.

As a nonprofit organization, Playa relies on donations and encourages those who have the ability to contribute to do so. You may donate online through the website, mail in a donation, or choose to donate your $100.00 deposit.

Session Schedule

All regular residency sessions (excluding special Invitational Residencies) begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Applicants may choose between 2 week, 4 week, 6 week or 8 week periods. Competition for residency periods varies due to season and the number of applications received. While every effort is made to accommodate applicants’ schedule requests, we are not always able to grant your choices. Please indicate flexibility and restrictions on your application.

Facilities and Lodging

Each resident is provided housing with a kitchen, and a place to work–either a studio or a desk area in their cabin. Except for twice a week group dinners, all meals and provisions are the responsibility of the artist. Living, work, and studio spaces have standard utilities, abundant natural light, open vistas in an expansive landscape, and are free of telephone, television, and Internet. The Commons building has a commercial kitchen, a space for yoga or dancing, a ping-pong table, and a loft work area with a projection screen.

“Artists need expansive thoughts. Playa’s landscapes, spirit and mission stretched me in unparalleled ways–beyond other wonderful fellowships. 
I am a poet who delved into neuroscience during my too-short Playa stay.”
–Catharine Woodard


If applying as a collaborative team, please have one person listed as the main applicant. As a collaborative team you MUST include the following in your statement of project: group name (if applicable), a list of all participating members, and your specific needs for lodging and workspace. In addition, each member must supply an individual resume as part of the group application.


Couples may apply individually for concurrent residencies, with the understanding that one applicant might be accepted and the other not. Every artist accepted for a residency will be offered a private studio unless applying as a collaborative team. If requesting accommodations as a couple, each applicant must state this explicitly on their application.

Work Sample Requirements

All Disciplines

Current work is requested. The nature of the work sample submitted should correspond to the nature of the work you propose to do while in residence. An applicant’s work sample is the most significant feature of the application. Unless work is interdisciplinary, each applicant is encouraged to apply in a primary creative discipline and submit a work sample and statement of project which emphasizes this single discipline.

Visual Art

Provide 10-15 images in JPEG format along with a document that contains your name, and lists the JPEG filename, title, medium, size and year of completion for each image. JPEG files should be at least 800×600 pixels and formatted to 72dpi. NO TIFF OR PSD FILES ACCEPTED. Each filename must be numbered and correspond to the accompanying work-sample description document.


Your writing sample should be representative of the genre in which you plan to work while in residence. Provide one document that contains a sample as follows:

  • Fiction: 20 pages of a novel excerpt, a story, or short stories.
  • Poetry: 10 pages of poetry.
  • Nonfiction: 20 pages of nonfiction.
  • Playwriting: one complete play.
  • Screen writing: one complete screenplay.

Include in this document a cover page that contains the applicant’s name, and lists the title and date of completion for each sample.


Provide three separate works of 10 – 15 minutes each in audio or video format along with one document that lists the filename, title, and year of completion for each work, and that clearly summarizes the applicant’s role on the work. Film/video scriptwriters should also send a script.

Scientist/Naturalist/Creative Research

Provide one document that contains up to 10 pages of abstracts, excerpts, links to publications or short papers that are representative of your work. Include in this document a cover page that contains your name, lists the title and date of completion for each work, and a description of your area of research.


If your project does not fall clearly within one of the above disciplines, please send an email to the Residency Manager at to discuss an appropriate work sample.

About the process

I know there is a bit of confusion, mystery or even skepticism surrounding the application/selection process. Who makes these choices? Why didn’t they see the value of MY project? Are only established artists chosen? I will attempt to clarify what really goes on for those of you who are curious about the decision making process at PLAYA.

  1. Applicants, whether individuals or collaborative teams, submit materials online through Submittable, an online platform that allows a panel of professionals (from different locations across the country) access to multiple applicant’s work samples, resumes, project statements and other support materials.
  2. The panel (whose membership rotates every two years) is made up of diverse professionals in a variety of fields and each applicant is reviewed by multiple members. It’s a difficult but incredibly rewarding process. The selection panel has to examine large numbers of work samples consisting of portfolios (of approximately 10 images each) and/or manuscripts and videos, as well as reading through in depth artist statements, explore an applicant’s history of accomplishments on resumes, and….read project proposals which contain each applicant’s aspirations of how time at Playa might influence their work or lives.
  3. A scoring rubric is used (although nothing is ideal) which helps when considering an applicant’s previous work, the project proposal, the benefits a residency at Playa might provide and more.
  4. Once these applications are scored independently, recommendations made and forwarded to me, I tally all votes and compile a prioritized list. I then begin the task of assigning individuals into living spaces and additional studios, within the spring calendar considering their first choices for dates, length of stay and studio requirements. So there is a great deal of unforeseen “chance” built into the process in regards to number and quality of applicant pool, studio needs, and availability.
  5. Then the notifications begin. Meanwhile things have come up in real life for many of these applicants and occasionally some have to decline or shift dates, and then we move on down the list, which is why everyone doesn’t hear the results at the same time.

I hope this alleviates at least a little of the anxiety for applicants around this process. The process is not perfect, but we do the best we can. It’s PLAYA’s mission to support a variety of creative research, not discourage it. We understand that it can be very hard to take anything that might seem like rejection lightly. But sometimes, considering all aspects of the process might shed light on the reasons an applicant wasn’t selected at this time… competition could be very stiff (very strong applicant pool), or you might need a little practice in articulating what you hope to achieve, or maybe just a little more experience in your art practice…. or maybe you requested the most popular time period…but don’t give up.

NEW Policy affecting residents of Playa:

Following is information regarding Playa’s policy for site specific artworks, installations or other processes on the grounds that might affect the environment, habitats or other species. If your work at PLAYA includes any processes that may result in changes (immediate or long-term) to the visual, physical or aesthetic environment of PLAYA, you must first receive prior approval from the Executive Director. Activities include, but are not limited to relocating earth (rocks, sand or other), cutting or removal of plants, and/or using technology that might adversely affect biotic species (or the tranquility of the Playa experience).


Open Call: World Heritage Artist in Residence

In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will launch The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program in June 2015. This program consists of a 6-week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Emerging, mid-career and established visual artists working in any medium from Australia and overseas are encouraged to apply.

The aim of the program is to support excellence and innovation in the development of new work and to facilitate professional development opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists in a nurturing environment. The residency encourages artists to draw inspiration from one of the world’s most environmentally and historically significant locations – The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Blue Mountains have always been of inspiration for many well known artists, who produced works which are now held in Australia’s most significant galleries and collections. The

World Heritage Artist in Residency Program provides a platform for artists to create new, quality work, to preserve and interpret the history of the Blue Mountains, to educate current and future generations and to continue the great legacy of artists who have been inspired by the Blue Mountains. Artists are required to submit a concept proposal in their application form, outlining what they are planning to produce for the exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

The selected artist will be supported along the way by expert staff including the BigCi Residency Team, led by Artistic Director Rae Bolotin and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Team to ensure their time during the residency is as inspiring and productive as possible.

For more information please email Sabrina Roesner, Exhibitions Manager at



Call for Submissions
1 June – 24 July 2015
Application Form and Guidelines will be available online from 1 June 2015.

Successful artist to be announced
Monday 17 August

Residency Dates (not flexible)
17 February – 29 March 2016

Exhibition Dates
30 July – 11 September 2016

ABOUT BigCi – Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives


BigCi, located in Bilpin, Blue Mountains, is an independent, artist run,  not for profit artist residency. BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts. Artists undertake BigCi residencies to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice. BigCi is a large 8-acre property, right on the doorstep of Wollemi National Park, in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, about one and a half hours drive from Sydney. Located along the dramatic Botanists Way, BigCi is within easy reach by car from the world famous Blue Mountains National Park and the stunning Gardens of Stone National Park.

Top Image: BEN PEARSE Moody Blue 2014, image courtesy the artist

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Opportunity: Craft the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

This opportunity comes from Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and relates to the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award: an award celebrating sustainability in the Edinburgh Fringe since 2010. The application deadline is the 6th July 2015 at 12:00.

An opportunity for an artist interested in sustainability to craft the award presented to the winner of the 2015 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, an official Edinburgh Fringe Award.

The Fringe Sustainable Practice Award:

Applications are now open for the 2015 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, celebrating the sustainable shows on the Edinburgh Fringe. This project, a partnership between Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, with media partner The List, rewards shows which engage their audiences with sustainability, taking responsibility for their environmental, social and economic impacts by thinking big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world. Applications are open until July 24th, with a shortlist announced in The List at the beginning of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the winner announced in a ceremony at Fringe Central on August 28th.

We’re inviting all Fringe productions — whether they’ve just started thinking about recycling, take on the hard questions about a just society, or they’ve been bike-powering venues for years — to apply for this high-profile award, and to tell us the new ideas and new ways they have for engaging with sustainability.

The award piece brief:

Application deadline: 06/07/2015

Award piece completion deadline: 24/08/2015 (the artist must be available that week to engrave the winners details on the award in time for the ceremony on 28/08/2015)

The crafted award will be presented to the winner of the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award at the ceremony at Fringe Central on Friday 28th August at 16:00.

The media employed and the final award piece is to be developed by the artist, taking into account the ideas and aspirations of the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. Suggested media would include reclaimed or recycled goods, or the use of new initiative sustainable materials.

The following engravings will be required on the piece:

  • Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award title and logo
  • Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts logo
  • The List logo
  • Creative Carbon Scotland logo
  • the name of the award winner(s) with the title of their production, and the producer and location of the production (if required)

The deadline for award piece applications is Monday 6 July 2015 at 12:00. Please send your completed Artist Application Form to:


The award piece is to be finished by Monday 24 August 2015. Due to the short time frame between the winner selection (24 August) and the awards ceremony (28 August) the artist must be available the week of the 24 August to engrave the winners details onto the piece for its presentation at the ceremony.

The successful artist will receive a fee of £250, to include any materials used in the award and time put into its creation. The artist will be featured and credited on the Creative Carbon website, and will receive an invitation to the awards ceremony in August.

For further information on the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award check out the Creative Carbon Scotland webpage.



Image: “Tools” by Janet Chan/Flickr Creative Commons

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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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Place to B: COP21 – The ambition

During the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015, Place to B offers not only a place to stay, but also a coworking space, a program of events and a “News Fab Lab” about climate and solutions for the ecological transition.

Beyond COP21, Place to B is above all a movement fuelled by all those who want to convey the message in a different way.


How we started…

How come the world’s worst predicted disaster does not mobilise people? Why aren’t there huge worldwide  demonstrations to protect our most valuable asset – our planet -, to engage us in a real ecological transition? Does the challenge appear too distant from our everyday concerns? Doesn’t a different narrative about the world need writing?

What is Place to B?

Climate change is an anxiety-provoking subject which is difficult to tackle in the media and gives us a sense of powerlessness despite the fact that solutions exist.

Place to B answers this by creating an innovative and multidisciplinary information factory, with the ambition to write a different narrative about climate issues and to create a unique newsworthy momentum during the COP21 in Paris, December 2015.


Want to be in the center of Paris? Not far from the negotiation center but also close to the other events?

Place to B is an ideal coworking space that will welcome journalists, bloggers, graphic designers, illustrators, web developers, photographers, video makers, comedians, writers…  who want to cover the COP21 negotiations and look for an ideal workplace tailored to their needs : web connection, communication toolbox, etc.


A themed program of events will include meetings, press conferences, daily briefings, discussions with experts and public figures and the delivery of content proposed by Place to B’s COPilots. But also moments of conviviality, various workshops, film screenings, concerts… all open to public.

Want to come in Paris to follow the negotiations but can’t find an accommodation easily?

Place to B offers a place of residence in a youth hostel with 600 beds, whose prices have been specially negotiated.


Together for a new narrative

In contrast to the often alarmist and negative speeches, we wish to build a realistic narrative, which takes into account the issues that need to be popularised and which generate hope by conveying existing and future solutions, while remaining realistic.

Creating a different narrative requires disrupting production habits, transforming usual ways of thinking and questioning our practices to reach a new organisational model. Far away from conventional media discourses, the strength of such an approach is that it involves civil society as a whole in this new form of information production.

Place to B : a B for Planet B, Plan B, Bourget, RER B, Bloggers, Bottom-Up, Bees… and for “The place to be”, aka Planet Earth!

Call for Submissions: Environmentally Responsible Print Practice Exhibition

Environmentally Responsible Print Practice Exhibition
McMaster Museum of Art

Deadline: August 7, 2015

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to USA and Canadian artists exploring print processes that promote safe practice and environmentally responsible options in print media. Accepted formats include: 2 and 3-dimensional works, book works, digital and installation-based work. Exhibition fees are paid to selected artists.

The exhibition commences in January 2016 at the McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

On Friday February 26, 2016 McMaster University will host an Environmentally Responsible Print Practice Symposium in the newly renovated Studio Art Facility followed by a Public Reception for this exhibition at the Museum.

The Environmentally Responsible Print Practice Exhibition is intended to gather and showcase print artists who are seeking alternative processes, materials and approaches in order to lighten the footprint of their practice and pursue safer studio options. This might include an exploration of new technologies and products or a revival of older pre-chemical approaches. Elimination of Volatile Organic Compounds and acids, utilization of biodegradable chemicals, DIY practices, adoption of AP approved products might be examples of a paradigm shift in the discipline. General awareness of how products are made, where they come from and how they are disposed of might also be considered. Artists are also invited to explore concepts that embrace sustainability (although this is not a requirement).

This exhibition is intended to gauge where we are and promote an open sharing of successes demonstrating that we can reduce hazards and environmental impacts without a sacrifice in quality of work.

Enter: Download submission information and entry forms (pdf)

or Contact: Judy Major-Girardin, McMaster School of the Arts, for more information.

About the McMaster Museum of Art
Established in 1967, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is a public, non-profit, university-affiliated gallery situated in the heart of McMaster University campus. The MMA, which houses the University’s internationally recognized collection of approximately 6000 art objects and antiquities, presents exhibitions and provides public programs through scholarly research and interpretation.

Alvin A. Lee Building
McMaster University
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6
905.525.9140 x.23241

Admission is Free
Museum hours: Tue/Wed/Fri 11am-5pm, Thu 11-7, Sat 12-5


OPEN CALL: SES Prize Staged Readings to benefit The Jane Goodall Institute!

Saving Endangered Species Int’l Playwriting Prize is pleased to announce that the 2016 Staged Readings of the winning plays will be performed to benefit The Jane Goodall Institute, and that all proceeds from the production will be donated to The Jane Goodall Institute.

The Jane Goodall Institute was founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, and is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things through research, public education and advocacy:

  • To improve global understanding and treatment of great apes;
  • To contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats; and
  • To create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them.

The SES Prize deadline is November 30th, so if you haven’t submitted a script yet, please put pen to paper, or fingers to keys, and write us a fantastic play!