Monthly Archives: July 2014

ASCUS sponsor artists to attend Tipping Point

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland

ASCUS Open Call July 2014 (application deadline 8 August)
Open Call to attend TippingPoint Oxford, 21 & 22 September 2014

TippingPoint has provided ASCUS three places for Scottish artists to attend their next major event in Oxford. The allocation is to enable Scottish artists to attend and subsequently be considered for commissions up to £20,000.

Application Deadline: Friday 8 August 2014, 5 pm

Event Dates: Sunday & Monday September 21 & 22 2014

Where: Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

faae0f3351355ba41b704c15246da9e4ASCUS has teamed up with TippingPoint and have been allocated three ASCUS places for Scottish artists to attend their next major event in Oxford. The focus this year will be energy, in the context of climate change. The artistic focus for this event will be stories and narrative, though the concept of stories is broad – performance in various forms, visual representations – there are many ways of telling a story. TippingPoint will also be supporting new commissions to a total of £20,000 each for the creation of new stories on the subject.  Full information about this opportunity can be found on the ASCUS and TippingPoint websites.

We believe this is a major opportunity for a wide variety of artists to bring new content and challenges into their work – and to spend an enormously stimulating couple of days.

To make an application to be present you simply need to write to us setting out two things: firstly a summary of your own work, in not more than 200 words, together with links to any relevant web-based material; secondly an outline of why you would like to attend, in not more than 100 words. An accompanying CV is also welcome, but not a requirement. Send this to by 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014. Successful applicants will be contacted by the end of August.

Visit the ASCUS website to learn more:

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 Research, Gray’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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Artists Using Resources in the Community project at our next Glasgow Green Tease

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1505264_576895419056478_541349224_nAs announced on our Events page, our next Glasgow Green Tease will be hosted by the Artists Using Resources in the Community (ARC) project at the Glasgow School of Art. The ARC project is run by staff and students at the Glasgow School of Art, and enables and supports the School in their endeavors to develop and implement their Sustainability Strategy. The project also collects and shares wonderful references for green artists.

The gathering will be held Tuesday 29th July, 4 – 6pm in the Reid building, Principal Seminar Room 2 (167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ, opposite the Mackintosh building).

The discussion will be led by Eilidh Sinclair and Kathy Beckett from ARC and will cover themes of energy and water conservation, food waste and material reuse in artistic practice. Conversation will also include best practices or plans of action to address these issues and will finish with some time to see the recently completed Reid Building.

For more information please visit our event page. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Gemma Lawrence at



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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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Calling all Artists: Flint and Steel Artist Residencies

Flint and Steel are five week residencies designed to allow artists to join forces with academic partners. Artists and Tulane University faculty members will be united to inspire each other in the development of new work, to excite the public, and to ignite social change. Addressing the artists’ desire to be more effective and have longer lasting impact with their outreach, these collaborations will empower the artistic practice with scholarship, student manpower and academic resources from Tulane. We ask artists to describe in detail how the opportunity will affect their work, to identify potential departmental partners, to propose a public component to their residency and to suggest ways in which they will engage with the local community.

A full description including all important dates and the application for our Flint and Steel residencies can be found here(pdf) or here (MS Word).< 13

Recycled Artist in Residence Philly

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RAIR’s (Recycled Artist in Residency) mission is to create awareness about sustainability issues through art and design. We are located in Northeast Philadelphia within Revolution Recovery, a 3.5 acres construction, demolition and manufacturing waste recycling facility in Philadelphia that processes over 250 tons of materials per day. Our unique position as a bridge between art, sustainability and industry allows the reach and potential impact of RAIR to be great. As such, we have strategically chosen to focus our efforts on four program areas: residency program, education and awareness, material sourcing, and exhibitions.


To create awareness about sustainability issues through art.


RAIR formed when three individuals from different backgrounds realized they were passionate about the same thing: the value of waste. Avi Golen, co-owner of Revolution Recovery and an expert in the recycling industry, had been fielding request from artists since the founding of his company in 2004. Billy Blaise Dufala, a Philadelphia-based artist and co-teacher of a found materials course at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, had been looking for access to a material stream for his work. Fern Gookin, project manager at Revolution Recovery and Board of Directors member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, had decided to focus her graduate thesis work on the role art can play in creating awareness about sustainability issues. With three different perspectives and a shared goal, RAIR has been able to establish itself as a specialized and unique program that reaches across disciplines.

Company Overview

RAIR (Recycled Artist-In-Residency) is a new non-profit located within a construction and industrial materials recycling facility in northeast Philadelphia. We promote awareness about environmental issues by encouraging creative ways to divert waste from landfills.

We work to bring art and sustainability together through:

  • an artist-in-residency program
  • art exhibitions
  • community outreach events
  • material sourcing for artists

If you would like more information or to get involved send us an email or find us on facebook.

Sustainable Production Drop-In Session #edfringe

August 4, 11 & 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Festival Fringe, The CSPA and Creative Carbon Scotland invite production companies and individuals to a series of drop-in workshops during the 2014 Festivals. Held at Fringe Central, these sessions will provide advice and assistance to companies and productions looking to become more sustainable.

Sustainable Production Drop-In Sessions will be held  4 August, 11 August and 18 August from 1-4pm.

For more information please contact Catriona Patterson at


Megacities in Art and Climate Science: Exhibition. Lectures. Symposiums

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Saturdays, 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment

Admission free

logo_frontMore and more people are moving to cities. Over 50% of the world’s population are city dwellers, with a continuing upward trend. Many cities reach such a gigantic scale through non-stop influx as well as high birth rates. Tokyo, for years, ranks as No. 1, followed by Delhi, Mexico City, New York and Shanghai. These and other megacities, per definition with more than 5 or 10 million residents are the result of the enormous dynamic of our era. The most diverse perspectives and lifestyles converge in these metropolises. As important political, economic and cultural centers, they play a crucial role in the process of globalization.

We have only recently become more aware of their massive influence on climate change. The results of scientific studies are alarming: although they only make up 2% of the world’s surface, urban regions and megacities use roughly 80% of the world’s energy resources and produce approximately 85% of global greenhouse gas emissions! These cities, however, are not just contributors tot he problem, they are also the victims of global warming. Many of them are situated on coastlines and will have to struggle especially hard with future consequences. The increasingly frequent heat waves are also becoming more drastic. Urban areas are slow to cool down and form islands of heat whose temperature can be, as in the case of Tokyo, up to 13°C higher than the surrounding countryside.

Beginning on May 7, 2014, the ERES Foundation will be the host of an exhibition on this subject and will be holding related events that delve into the phenomenon of megacities as significant forces in global climate change.Megapolis will show how these forces come into being and develop and why these regions have such a high proportion of worldwide CO2 emissions.

Scientists pose pressing questions: Can metropolises like Lima or Santiago de Chile survive in light of the fact that their water and electric power demands are being encroached upon by glaciers melting in the Andes? How can constantly rising demands for energy, water and food be met? What possibilities do megacities have in reducing CO2 emissions resulting from food wastage?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, aside from the worlwide tragedy of over 850 million people going hungry every day, if this wastage were integrated into a ranking of top emitters, it would appear third, after the USA and China. How does Singapore, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, prevent the usual chaos of traffic congestion, noise, exhaust fumes and smog? What are the consequences of covering large areas of the ground with asphalt and concrete? How do we envision intelligent waste and sewage disposal systems? How much does the enormous waste of electric light in neon advertising signs as well as street, building and industrial lighting affect their CO2 output and what are the economic and health consequences involved?


Georg Aerni, Peter Bialobrzeski, Adam Magyar, Ton Matton, Marjetica Potr?, Reynold Reynolds, Urban-Think Tank, Mark Wallinger, as well as architectural concepts and designs from MVRDV, Rotterdam/Shanghai, WOHA Architects, Singapur and Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris, among others


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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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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Re-use and Recycle Days #edfringe

August 25 @ 11:00 am - August 26 @ 4:00 pm

Back by popular demand, Creative Carbon Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will host two Re-use and Recycle Days at Fringe Central to conclude the 2014 Festivals season. Venues and companies that participated in the Fringe can bring used set items, props, costumes, unused publicity materials and other production materials used during the Festival Fringe to be swapped for other items or recycled.

Our past Re-use and Recycle days have been widely successful, in the quantity and quality of materials gathered as well as the monitoring the physical implications of festival events. As part of a Creative Carbon Scotland Case Studyin 2011, 12 tonnes of unused print were collected. Through this monitoring, major Fringe venues were able to reduce print runs for the following year. We anticipate this year’s Re-use and Recycle Days to be equally successful and informative.

The Fringe Re-use and Recycle Days will take place 25-26 August from 11am-4pm

For more information and to RSVP please contact Catriona Patterson at

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Can Festivals Change the World? #edfringe

August 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Hosted in partnership with Festivals Edinburgh, the “Can Festivals Change the World?” seminar will bring together those working in the arts and cultural sector to discuss the various reactions and interactions between politics, the environment and art. We aim to investigate the place of festivals in our altering society and ask:

What is art’s role in a changing climate? How can artists be part of changing the world for the better? And what can festivals do for sustainability?

During the event, we will hear from Di Robson, who has extensive experience on the Scottish and international festivals circuit – including the Exhibition Road Festival as part of the London 2012 Olympics. We will then open up the floor to a thought provoking discussion on the potential roles of the arts sector in affecting the world around us.

We want to gather a range of festival organisers, participants, artists, attendees and admirers in order to spark new ways of thinking and working around festival arts and sustainability.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite here.


Open Call: Applications Now Open for Sustaining Creativity Data Lab

JBsustainingcreativity.102840From the 7 – 8th October 2014 Julie’s Bicycle and Watershed will host an Environmental Data Lab at the Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol.

Applications are now open until 9am Monday 1st September 2014 for participants. There will also be public showcase of the Lab outcomes and works-in-progress on the 8th October.

See below for further details of the open call.

About the Lab

As the world gets more connected, we are surrounded by devices, networks and infrastructure which carry data about the buildings and places in which we live and work. But whilst we collect data on everything from energy consumption to WiFi signal strength, weather predictions to traffic, this data often feels abstract and inscrutable. Would we feel and act differently if it was made more tangible, more accessible? Would it help us to understand and trace our own environmental impact if we could interact with the data in more human-centred ways? The cultural sector has a real opportunity to connect with other disciplines to make interventions which explore the value, meaning and potential of environmental data and what we do with it.

Focusing on the environmental data that we collect from cultural organisations and our immediate surroundings, including both pre-prepared and live data sets, Julie’s Bicycle and Watershed will run an exploratory Lab on 7 and 8th October 2014.

The two-day Lab aims to make the ‘invisible’ environmental data around us visible by bringing together a diverse community of artists, technologists, data analysts and designers, to explore how environmental data might be visualised and made tangible in creative ways to increase public engagement and data literacy, and inspire long-term behaviour change.

Through a two-day process of thinking through making, we will engage in playful enquiry, and prototype new ideas for sustainable futures.

Open call for applications

This Lab invites creative individuals and/or cultural organisations who would like to explore the opportunities inherent in environmental data sets, to submit an application to attend.

There are three spaces available to individuals and/or organisations with a strong vision for participation. Applications will be particularly welcomed from those that can bring one or more of the following skills and approaches:

  • Interest and/or experience in how data can be creatively translated to drive change
  • Ability to analyse data from a technical and/or creative perspective
  • Ability to develop code
  • Some level of environmental literacy as relevant to the arts and culture
  • Experience of behavioural and/or organisational change approaches
What support is on offer?

Lab participants will receive:

  • £300 bursary for two days participation, including travel.
  • One night’s accommodation in Bristol, where necessary.
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments on both days. Pizza will be provided at the end of day one.
  • A variety of materials for use during the Lab.
  • A structured process featuring making, discussion and a sharing event.
  • A peer community of potential collaborators for current and future projects.
What do we expect from you?
  • Participation in an online conversation prior to the Lab, to help with planning.
  • Attendance and participation in all Lab activities over two days.
  • An open, rigorous, experimental approach.
  • An informal group presentation of a work in progress prototype as part of a sharing event at the end of day two of the Lab.
  • Completion of a short evaluation following the Lab.

The Lab will be hosted at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio. Located within the Watershed building in Bristol’s historic Harbourside, the Studio brings together an active network of over 150 artists, creative companies, scientists, technologists and academics to work on new and emerging ideas.

  • Open for applications: 10th July 2014
  • Close to applications: 9am, 1st September 2014
  • If your application is successful you will hear by: 10th September 2014
  • Successful applicants announced: 15th September 2014
  • Lab takes place: 7-8th October 2014
How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the Lab, please complete a short application form and return it to by 9am Monday 1st September 2014. Click here to download the application form.


If you have any questions or queries please contact:

Sholeh Johnston, Arts Manager, Julie’s Bicycle | | +44 (0)20 8746 0400

Ground-breaking For New Royal Opera House Costume Centre

Construction is underway on the Royal Opera House’s new Costume Centre at High House Production Park and JB were pleased to join our Culture Change partners to mark the occasion.

Designed by Nicholas Hare architects, the Centre will join the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop – where all the ROH’s sets and scenery are made – on the 14-acre site in Thurrock. The Costume Centre is a partnership between the Royal Opera House, South Essex College and Thurrock Borough Council with support from the East of England European Regional Development Programme and the Foyle Foundation.

It will house all the costumes for opera and ballet productions currently in the repertory, which will enable the stock to be managed more efficiently, as well as reducing road mileage, transport costs and carbon footprint. The site will also house costumes obsolete productions so that designers may reuse or refashion costumes. The costumes will be kept in carefully controlled conditions to ensure they are properly conserved.

The building itself will be of the highest environmental standards, set to achieveBREEAM excellent status, best practice in sustainable building design.