Opportunity: Open Call for ‘Glasgow’s Green – Imagining a more sustainable city’

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From 12 – 14th March Creative Carbon Scotland, Glasgow Arts and the Year of Green will host the culmination of a two-year European project, The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA). This will mark the end of the GALA project and two years of activities across Europe exploring artistic and cultural responses to climate change and sustainability, bringing together 18 partners from 12 countries as well as artists, artistic organisations and local communities of Glasgow and beyond. The final day of the whole project (Saturday 14th March) will see the Glasgow Arts venue Tramway transformed into a hub of activity exploring how arts and culture can contribute to a more sustainable city with workshops, discussions and talks which provide hands on opportunities for audiences of all ages to engage with arts and environmental sustainability.

What we’re looking for

We’re inviting artists, makers, arts organisations, community organisers and those working in the area of sustainability to propose a short workshop, talk or discussion they might lead in the context of this final day which responds to the question of how arts and culture can contribute to a more sustainable city. Sessions can be aimed at any age including families.

What to expect

The day will be split into three parts within which a number of sessions will take place simultaneously. In between each of these parts we will gather in a central meeting point to reflect on the different activities we’ve taken part in before dividing again for the next sessions.

We expect to run up to 15 sessions across the whole day with around 15 – 20 participants for each session.

We’re hoping for a big attendance and will favour applications which specify a particular network or audience which they think their session will appeal to and which we would be able to invite to the event.

Form and content

Your session could take the form of a participatory workshop or artwork, a short film screening or performance, a talk or discussion or any other format which helps answer the question. We’re open to all suggestions and are looking for proposals which will enable audiences to think differently about the relationship between arts and environmental sustainability.

It could be something new which you devise for the day or a repeat of something you’ve done before. Particular themes which have been explored in the GALA network include urban and rural agriculture, energy, water and waste. Within the context of Tramway and the south side of Glasgow we’re also interested in the question of what makes a sustainable, diverse city.

Click here to read about our Glasgow and Edinburgh Green Tease events which will give you a flavour of our previous artist-run events linking to the GALA project.

Proposal specification

Please take the following into account in your application.

The session you lead could last between 30 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes depending on the nature of your proposal. Please specify the proposed length of time of your session.

We want to pack in as much as we can to the day’s proceedings so each session must be planned with a maximum 15 minute set up and 15 minute take down period. There will be some help on hand for this but you will be responsible for the majority of the set up/take down unless specific help is required.

We have a budget of up to £250 for each session to cover a fee and materials which will vary depending on the nature of the proposal.

We will prioritise proposals made by those based in the Glasgow area but are open to applications from across Scotland and beyond. We have a small fund reserved for travel expenses. For those based in Glasgow, we would ask you to cover your own travel expenses and will consider covering travel expenses for those coming from further afield.

We have booked numerous spaced in Tramway for the day of activities which include:

• T4
• Studio
• Upper Foyer
• Boiler House (Hidden Gardens)

Please let us know if you have a preference for your session.

Please state what particular audience or network you have in mind for your session.

There will be minimal technical equipment and support provided so please think creatively about how you could adapt your idea to this environment. Please also specify where equipment may be required in your proposal.

Health and Safety
Please notify us of any health and safety considerations that should be taken into account in your proposal.

Equal Opportunities
Session proposals are open to all and we will work to support those with particular needs within the confines of the venue. Please state if you or the participants require any special assistance in your proposal.

Please note that we will work to craft the day to allow for a wide variety of high quality sessions to take place. Depending on the number of proposals we may not be able to accommodate all applications for this event. If you have any questions about any of the above please get in touch with us at gemma.lawrence@creativecarbonscotland.com or 0131 529 7909.


Please read this section carefully and make sure you send the right information with your application. Applications should include the following information:

• Name and contact details (including email address)
• A CV or biography
• An outline of your proposal (500 words maximum)
• Details of the proposed length, equipment and space requirements, minimum and maximum number of attendees and anything else you think we need to know.

Please send your application to Gemma Lawrence at gemma.lawrence@creativecarbonscotland.com by midnight on Monday 26th January.

The GALA meeting is supported by:

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Image: Julia Bauer, from Nic Green’s project An Clutha: http://nicgreenartist.tumblr.com/

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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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