Open Calls

Call for Abstracts: Crafting Sustainability

Workshop in Trondheim, June 14. & 15. 2017

Through an examination of the nature of craft and craftsmanship we seek to understand how craft can contribute to sustainability in various ways.

Important dates

Abstract deadline: January 15 th, 2017

Acceptance notification: January 31st, 2017

Draft deadline: June 7th 2017

Workshop dates: June 14th & 15th, 2017

Call for abstracts

You are hereby invited to submit an abstract (2-300 words) for a workshop on craft in Trondheim, Norway. We welcome proposals on emerging topics related to craft and workmanship. The notion of craft includes traditional crafts such as carpentry, pottery and weaving, but we are also interested in aspects of craft, or workmanship in professions not normally associated with craft, such as practitioners of governance and planning, teaching and research.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum and encourage in-depth discussions on the notion and practice of craft in relation to sustainability; environmental, social and cultural sustainability. We recognise that craft as a research topic has been severely undervalued, and we wish with this workshop to explore how issues of craft and workmanship play a role in relation to for example climate change mitigation, sustainable innovation and transitions, human dignity and the health of communities. How can a better understanding of craft provide a path to a better understanding of sustainability?

In this workshop we welcome empirical research on craft and theorisations of craft, for example approaches that seek to conceive and understand the nature of skills and craftsmanship combining philosophical, cultural, anthropological or practical studies of craft with Science, Technology and Society studies perspectives. Research questions of particular interest are: How are traditional crafts practiced in work settings characterised by automatization and technological production processes? Is the nature of craft changing, and what remains through the change? Do challenges of environmental sustainability shape craft and workmanship? If so, in what ways? And can an understanding of these elements of craft contribute to sustainability?

This line of investigation also encourages studies of involvement of ordinary citizens, community groups and other professions than those traditionally associated with crafts, as well as crafting perspectives on for example academic research and bureaucratic activities such as city planning. The core aim of the workshop is to interrogate multiple understandings of craft, and use this discussion to help illuminate and craft more engaged and effective ways towards sustainability.

The workshop will take place on the 14th and 15th of June 2017. Trondheim is known as the “wooden-house city” with far-reaching craft traditions. The workshop will feature invited keynote speakers on craft research, presentations from participants, discussions and work-groups on furthering craft-research.

Papers from the workshop that are found suitable will be published in a special issue on craft in the Nordic Journal of Science and Technology, edited by Dr. Jøran Solli and Dr. Håkon Fyhn. The workshop is the first step towards this publication. We will therefore ask contributors for an a draft-paper (2-3000 words), to be submitted before the workshop to serve as a first draft for the publication.

For any questions, please contact:

Jøran Solli:

Håkon Fyhn:

Roger Søraa:

Project webpage:

PDF: craftingsustainabilityworkshop

Opportunity: Climate Project Grant – Invoking the Pause

Initial Grant: Invoking the Pause

ITP provides for a “creative pause” – a reflective retreat for a team to take time away in a place of beauty of their choice.

•”Pause” Purpose: to engage in collaborative conversations and develop ideas and/or strategies about how to craft a meaningful response to climate challenge issues.
•Grant Size: Up to $10,000 is available for selected projects, to cover expenses directly related to the project as outlined in the grant proposal budget.

Preference is given to a team of individuals who bring different yet complementary skills to the effort. To be considered for a grant, applicants must each have:

Three or more years of experience working in the particular field of interest;
Some familiarity and/or experience in working with the other team members;
The ability to complete your project within five months of receiving the grant.
Application Details For 2017 Grants:

Please submit no more than 6 proposal pages (plus additional *3 maximum attachments*) with the following information:

-Name and contact information for each collaborator with short resume/bio for each – please identify key contact person, email and physical mailing address
-Synopsis of the proposed project idea, its desired impact and how your particular collaboration may leverage action on some climate challenge issue
-Reveal how you heard about Invoking the Pause and explain what draws you to this opportunity
-Brief description of previous collaboration, if applicable
-Logistics: location, time frame, structure and creative elements
-Proposed budget of expenses directly related to your “pause”
-Up to *3 attachments: PDF’s, media files, links etc., that further illustrate your ideas
For collaborations not part of a recognized nonprofit, federal grant-making law requires that you obtain a fiscal sponsor. Please provide a letter of support from this organization with your application.

Please submit your application BY JANUARY 31, 2017 to Arlene Hilliard:

Applicants will be notified by March 30, 2017

Second Phase Grant Opportunities will be available later in 2017 after the annual Grant Partner Gathering. Please see the Existing Grant Partner Application Process page of this website for more information.


Job Opportunity: Brown University, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Visiting Design Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Deadline January 15, 2017
Date Posted November 29, 2016
Type Non tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Position Description:

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University invites applications for a three-year full time residency as a Visiting Lecturer in Scene Design beginning July 2017. We are looking for a committed, fundamentally collaborative colleague to spearhead the expanding role of design in a Liberal Arts context. This forward-thinking individual will join a vibrant and dynamic community of artists, scholars, students and staff in a department that is committed to excellence in practice, design as research, and encourages diversity of thought, aesthetic expression, and pedagogy as a matter of course.

Responsibilities include Scenic Design, scenic art and properties design of the department’s main stage season; supervision/mentoring of undergraduate student designers and artisans, MFA directors; and a hands-on approach to realizing the demands of an active production season.

Applicants will have an MFA in Scenic Design, professional scenic design experience, and a minimum of 3-5 years of university teaching experience. Candidates with a working knowledge of computer aided design, digital media, projection design and emerging design technologies such as Civic Practice, and/or Green Theater are of particular interest.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Application Materials and Deadlines:

Please send a cover letter, CV, design portfolio and three letters of recommendation to Kym Moore, Associate Professor/ Search Committee Chair via Interfolio.

For fullest consideration, candidates will submit applications by January 15, 2017, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled or the search is closed. The term of employment will begin July 1, 2017. Candidates should expect to begin their full-time residency at the university by that date.

Apply via Interfolio here:

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Open Call: VIFA International Photography Exhibition 2017

International Photography Exhibition

VIFA is back with one of the most happening events of the festival – Worldwide Climate Change Photography Exhibition. Climate is a major concern globally. As to support the central theme of VIFA, this section is open to anybody to contribute and raise his/her voice for climatic concerns.

This year the theme of the exhibition is “CLIMATE CHANGE & TRAVELING”.

If you have seeking eyes and fingertip palpitations; you are one step in to participate. Click an image that speaks for climate concern through traveling. Think, and write something about your concerns to the climate change. Now you’re ready. Finish the formalities and be a part of the global community.

Read the instructions to send your entries.

Terms & Conditions

-Like on & is mandatory
-Upload a Jpeg image on both &
-Upload your photos with following hash tags – #VIFA, ‪#vifa2017, ‪#‎vihaanindia‬, #vifaindia #vifaphotography #traveling ‪#‎climatechange #theatrewithoutborder‬
-Entries without ‪#‎tags‬ will not be accepted
-Add a note with your click, concerning climate change
-Number of likes on your photograph & a panel of expert will choose winners
-You can share as many number of photographs, though the conditions will remain same for uploading
-If your image is selected for exhibition, we will contact you for a higher resolution image
-Best 30 photographs will be exhibited at VIFA 2017
-Best 3 photos will be published in souvenir of VIFA 2017
-Selections will be announced online.

Good Luck!



Open Call: 2017 Land Art Competition

Nka Foundation invites submissions from creative practitioners and organizations dedicated to community placemaking to participate in its 2017 Land Art Competition. The competition is open to landscape architects, artists, curators, designers, architects, urban planners, structural engineers, university students and others from around the world to submit ideas for large-scale and site-specific public art installations based on site in rural Ghana. The submitted entries can be functional or nonfunctional works but must aim at creating a truly unique experience that becomes emblematic of what an arts village is and how it needs to function as a PLACE. Forty of the submitted proposals will be selected for creation on site and to be exhibited as site-specific public art installations that will altogether become a part of the Abetenim Arts Village in Ghana. The arts village is designed as a learning center to provide relational spaces for creative people from the region and other countries to live, work, learn and create.

Registration: October 3, 2016-January 31, 2017
Submission of Entries: February 10-15, 2017
Selection of Projects by Jury: March 31-April 17, 2017
Press Release on the Winning Projects: April 30, 2017
Building Workshops to Realize the Top 40 Design Entries: September 2017 to March 2019.

Submissions must be received by the competition organizers no later than February 15, 2017. The construction site will be Abetenim Arts Village, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Total costs of constructing the design entry must not exceed $3,000 (USD) for materials and local labor. The entry fee is $40 for individual entry and $50 for team entry. Jurors will award prizes for 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $700; and 3rd: $400. Honourable Mentions Certificates will be awarded by the jury to 7 of the Top 40 Entries. Here is where to register: and submit your design entry via the competition discussion board:

Contact:  or

Open Call: 100 Colours of Culture -Tampere, Finland

100 Colours of Culture

Tampere, Finland

2017 August 17 – 20

Accessible Arts and Culture International is growing, international arts and culture movement that presents diversity in a new light. It is an international network build since 2009 and covers all continents. ACCAC Festival & Congress promotes the use of art and cultural participation to enhance wellbeing and focuses on improving the inclusion of people with disabilities in arts and culture.The second

The second full size ACCAC Festival & Congress next year in Tampere Finland is part of the official program for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 and official program in Tampere City.

ACCAC Festival & Congress includes professional congress, art fair and official program. The congress highlights and issues are selected from the local environment; what are the main targets to develop in society. The art fair as a carnival brings together various culture programs and associations and offers a platform to easy access ongoing small performances. It is a forum for the childrens activities as well as seniors and programs with people with disabilities. The official program highlights professional artist groups internationally, integrated groups from theatre, music, visual arts, dance and circus.

100 Colours of Culture

ACCAC Festival & Congress is looking for unique and innovative artists and speakers, remarkable practices and experiences to develop the diversity in society and best practices on how the quality of services can improve social inclusion.


Open call is now available

The application form is found in ACCAC website. The deadline for applications is until December 15th. The selected performers and speakers will be announced soon after the deadline.

Apply on Website Now!

Call for Artists / Joya: arte + ecología International Residency, Spain

Joya: AiR 2017 / January-March

Joya: arte + ecología’s Artist in Residence program has hosted over 500 international artists since it opened in 2009. Joya: AiR provides a creative environment free from distraction in one of Spain’s most beautiful and remote regions. Joya: AiR is an interdisciplinary residency at Los Gázquez, five old restored farmhouses, now an ecologically minded ‘off-grid’ location in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez, in the sun-filled region of Andalucía, Spain.

Selected artists are given studio space and are encouraged to expand into the surrounding environment of over 20 hectares of land.

For the first quarter of 2017 we seek dedicated contemporary artists looking for a distinct change of pace, and a platform to create work away from the pressures of everyday life. We encourage both emerging and established artists to apply; our selections are based upon the integrity of work presented. The deadline for AiR applications is Friday, December 9th for residencies in the period January-March 2017.

Click Here to Apply:

Disciplines and media:

Visual Art / Sculpture / Ceramics (enquire before applying) / Dance / Theatre / Performing Arts / Music / New Media / Curatorial / Film Making

Type of organisation:

Independent international not-profit artist and writers’ residency


Joya: AiR is currently accepting applications in Spanish and English

Residency duration:

Between 1-4 weeks (negotiable)

Application deadline:

Friday, 9th December 2016

Residency period:

1st January – 31st March 2017

Fees & Conditions:

The Joya: AiR residency has a subsidised fee of €300 per week + tax (10%). This covers the cost of accommodation, wood for heating, water and all meals. It also includes collection from our nearest transport hub, Vélez Rubio. There is no application fee for the residency.

Friends and family:

Accompanying friends and family are welcome subject to the contribution of the same outgoing fees as the resident artist (above).

Apply now for Creative Climate Leadership Training

Julie’s Bicycle is launching Creative Climate Leadership, a new leadership development programme.

Creative Climate Leadership is a pan-European programme for artists, creative professionals and policymakers to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience.

Through a series of events, policy labs, flagship training courses and an alumni network, the programme will put culture at the heart of the international response to climate change.

Find out more

The first Creative Climate Leadership Training Course will take place 27 – 31 March 2017 in Wales, UK.

This five-day intensive course is for artists and creative professionals who want to take a lead on tackling climate change.

The week will:

  • Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges;
  • Bring together a range of expert guest speakers to share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for achieving environmental sustainability in the cultural sector;
  • Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas;
  • Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home, and support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

The course is facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle (UK) and PiNA (Slovenia), two pioneering organisations in the fields of culture, climate change and sustainable development in Europe. It will take place at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales, an education centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability.

Applications will be considered from all creative disciplines and art forms. We will also consider applicants from organisations that work directly with the cultural sector, such as networks, associations, funding bodies and policymakers.

The course will be conducted in English, and costs are £1,000 for UK applicants and €1,200 for international applicants. A limited number of bursaries are available for freelance applicants.


For more information and application guidelines visit:

The deadline for applications is 10am (GMT) Monday 16th January 2017.

Join our Twitter Q&A

Want to learn more and talk to the course facilitators?

Join CCL programme partners for a Twitter Q&A Live from 11.00 – 13.00 (GMT) on Thurs 1st December via @JuliesBicycle #ccleaders

Spread the word

Share this programme with your networks to help us grow the creative climate movement!


Opportunity: Workshops on the ‘Environment Connecting Theme’ for your RFO Application

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Workshop dates will soon be announced for exploring Creative Scotland’s ‘Environment Connecting Theme’ in their upcoming RFO Applications.

Every applicant for Regular Funding will be required to show how they will address the Environment Connecting Theme. The best applications will apply innovative and creative approaches to environmental sustainability. With the Scottish Government poised to bring in a more ambitious Climate Change Act in early 2017, this is a great opportunity to strengthen your application, imaginatively develop your environmental sustainability work and show how the arts, screen and creative industries are helping to deliver Scotland’s world-leading climate change commitments.

Early in the new year, we will be holding workshops on the Environment Connecting Theme and encourage all RFO applicants to come along and learn more.

What is the Environment Connecting Theme?

Creative Scotland believes that RFOs are expected to embed each of the four connecting themes across their organisation and work. They have provided the following guidance:

Across the network of organisations that we will fund, the key outcomes in relation to Environment are:

  • Reduce the direct environmental impacts of our work
  • Influence others on issues relating to the environment

What is the criterion for Environment?

How well is Environment embedded across all aspects of your organisation and its work?

How will we assess this?

We will particularly look for:

  • Any systems in place to measure your carbon emissions, any policies or plans for environmental sustainability including reducing your emissions.
  • A Board or staff member who has responsibility for or actively champions environmental issues within the organisation and that there is a clear structure to address any issues.
  • Any opportunities where you are taking the opportunity to influence others with whom you engage

How Creative Carbon Scotland can help

The current group of Regular Funded Organisations (RFOs) were required to measure and report their carbon emissions from April 2015, and did so for the first time this September.  We’ll continue to provide support in this area and new applicants or current RFOs wanting further help should contact Fiona MacLennan, our Carbon Reduction Project Manager to discuss their needs.

Early in the new year, we are hoping to run free workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow to help applicants consider how they can strengthen their applications in these areas:

  • Communicating their own work on environmental sustainability to audiences, suppliers, staff, freelancers and artists
  • Programming work that touches upon or explores environmental sustainability and climate change, both within and outwith the organisations’ usual programme
  • Engaging staff with climate change and environmental sustainability more widely

We’ll discuss the areas you might think about and provide examples of interesting work from around the world. The workshops will last about 2 hours and refreshments will be provided.

Please check back next month for updates on workshop dates and locations.

We will offer further workshops in different areas around the country if there is demand – please get in touch with Ben on if you’d like us to arrange a session near you. And in January we will be running our first webinar to enable people who find it difficult to attend a meeting to participate. Again, please contact Ben if you want further information.

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

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

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

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

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

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Opportunity: Cultural Innovation International Prize Climate Change 2016-2017

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

How can culture defy climate change? The second edition of the Cultural Innovation International Prize encourages projects that offer imaginative and effective solutions to one of the biggest global problems of the 21st century. The winning proposal will be included in an exhibition on the subject at the CCCB.

Climate change is one of the central themes of the CCCB’s 2016-2017 programme. In the course of the year we’ll be offering activities, talks and a major exhibition with the aim of addressing what we see as one of the biggest challenges facing humankind.

Year two of the International Prize for Cultural Innovation marks the start of this annual interdisciplinary agenda and opens the debate about the role that culture and cultural institutions can play in helping to address the problem.

Can we analyse global warming beyond catastrophist viewpoints or technological solutions? Can we contribute to the need for an ecological ethic and collective environmental responsibility? Can we act as catalysts of change?


Entry and submission period
From 11 October 2016 to 31 January 2017 (at 18:00 CET)

Announcement of finalists
25 April 2017

Presentation and award ceremony
June 2017

Find out more and apply here.

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

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

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

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

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

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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