In Argyll, Cove Park and ACT haveÂ announced a whole series of events and activitiestaking place across the coming months, including creative workshops, climate cafes, school events, a new film commission, and the community planting of a â€˜micro-rainforestâ€™ on the Cove Park site.
They currently have a callout for artists to apply for anÂ Artists in Schools ResidencyÂ and for theirÂ Saturday Studios/Argyll Beacon workshops. Follow the links for more information about both of these opportunities.
For more updates on the Argyll Beacon,Â join the Cove Park mailing list.
Caithness and East Sutherland Beacon
The Caithness and East Sutherland Beacon haveÂ announced their Beacon plans under the heading â€˜The Land For Those Who Work Itâ€™.Â
They are excited to be hostingÂ The Peopleâ€™s Palace of PossibilityÂ withÂ The Bare ProjectandÂ Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity.Â The Peopleâ€™s Palace of PossibilityÂ will recruit Palace Citizens, made up of young people and local groups, to challenge the prevailing consensus on land and climate justice through radical acts of imagination. They will also be launching a podcast of discussions and artist radio broadcasts and a travelling community cinema across Caithness and Sutherland.
The Leven programme, ONFife and Levenmouth Academy have been pleased to welcome two visitors to the Fife Beacon in recent months.
First,Â fromÂ â€˜human swanâ€™Â Sacha Dench, who is flying an electric paramotor all around Britain to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change and potential of fossil fuel free transport.Â
Second, representatives from the Fife Beacon met with Scottish culture ministerÂ Jenny GilruthÂ for a walk along a disused former industrial site by the river Leven, which they are hoping to regenerate into an outdoor community space.Â
The Inverclyde Beacon have been working together on a wide range of plans. They held a workshop with artist Eve Mosher, crafting dissolvable paper boats loaded with marine seeds, which were floated out into the Clyde to support the replenishment of the ecosystem.
A range of future events and activities are due to be announced very soon, visit theÂ Beacon Arts Centre websiteÂ and social media for updates.
In Midlothian, the National Mining Museum and British Geological Survey have launched a brand new STEM climate change workshop for primary schools, which combines science with art for a free and interactive event. Future plans include an exhibition â€˜Climate Change: The Carbon Cycleâ€™ and the participatory creation of a clay sculpture.
There will also be events, including â€˜Witness Reportsâ€™, a three-day event organised withÂ Scottish Communities Climate Action NetworkÂ and theÂ Environmental Justice FoundationÂ held from 5th-7th November, and an online conference taking place on 12th November, the last day of COP26.Â The current programme for the Beacon is available on the National Mining Museum website.
Outer Hebrides Beacon
The Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon hit the ground running with creative community mapping workshops held in Uist. The mapping project uses maps of localities to obtain information about climate change impacts as experienced by community residents. It has been piloted at the Hebrides International Film Festival and in remote communities in Uist by utilising the Western Isles Libraries Mobile Library.
TheÂ Message In a BottleÂ project, headed byÂ Taigh ChearsabhaghÂ museum and arts centre, is also being launched. This is a participatory multi-media art project inviting people across the world, especially those in island and coastal communities, and especially young people and families, to create messages in bottles to be delivered to COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, November 2021. You canÂ find out more about how to get involved on their website.
Western Isles Libraries have been setting up â€˜Climate Cornersâ€™ in each of their branches and are running a â€˜Design for the Futureâ€™ competition for P4 to P7 and S1 to S4 pupils.Â You can find out more about their plans on their websiteÂ andÂ read a blog here.
For more information about the Outer Hebrides Beacon,Â please contact Alicia.
In Tayside, representatives of arts organisations, museums, universities, climate activists, local organisers, council employees across the Tayside region came together as part of a series of design thinking workshops. They used the process to share ideas and take the first steps in putting together an ambitious plan for climate crisis focused activity over the next year. More on these plans will be announced very soon.
To get involved in the Tayside Climate BeaconÂ contact Anna Hodgart.
For more information about the Climate Beacons for COP26 project, visitÂ www.climatebeacons.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 publicâ€™s emotions, values and ideas.
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