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Apply now for Creative Climate Leadership Canada Aug 1-5, 2022

We are happy to announce that the CSPA has partnered with Julie’s Bicycle (JB) to host for the first time in Canada the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) program, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.  Since 2017, JB along with multiple partners have been offering intensive training opportunities to creative leaders from the arts and culture sector to deepen their understanding and commitment to climate justice and the ecological crisis. The immersive course will take place at the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis, Alberta area adjacent to Banff National Park on the traditional territory of the Stoney Nakoda in the foothill of the Rockies, from August 1st to 5th, and is open to artists, curators, creative and cultural professionals and policy-makers that work and live across Canada. This CCL will be delivered in English. Please reach out to us if you would like to be notified of future CCL versions in French.

Application deadline: June 19th, 2022

We will notify successful candidates that they have been selected for participation by June 28, 2022

About the Creative Climate Leadership training course

CCL Canada, hosted near Banff, Alberta, will offer training for 24 individuals. Participants will learn, discuss and reflect on the topics of the climate crisis, climate justice, resilience and wellbeing, climate communication, and creative leadership for climate action, and will develop personal and professional tools and strategies to bring climate and ecological action to the center of their practices and organizations. The five-day intensive course enables participants to apply environmental frameworks and targets meaningfully to their work, and explore what leadership means in the context of a rapidly changing world.

For more information on the program or to check out some CCL alumni stories, visit https://www.creativeclimateleadership.com/ 


The CCL is for artists from any form of art and practice or for other creative workers such as administrators, producers or policymakers, among others, who live and work in Canada. Don’t hesitate to apply if you are passionate and want to explore how to use your creative talents in service to the ecological crisis and climate justice. 


Dates: August 1st to 5th, 2022

Language: English

Location: Barrier Lake Field Station, in the Kananaskis area adjacent to Banff National Park on the traditional territory of the Stoney Nakoda

Transportation, food & lodging: Participants will be provided with meals and lodging for the duration of the CCL, as well as transportation to the field station from Calgary. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Calgary.


The total tuition is 2000 CAD and includes the costs of the program, food, lodging; 6 months of mentoring, and inclusion in an ongoing international network of CCL alumni. 

We have a limited number of full or partial scholarships available for those who articulate financial need to support their participation. 

COVID-19 related information

We will follow all local public health requirements and all requirements directed by the University of Calgary throughout the program. Given that this event involves close interaction with others, we require all participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals will be encouraged to take COVID-19 precautions to keep themselves and others safe, and hand sanitizer, disposable masks and rapid testing kits will be available for use as needed throughout the program. 

Please note that this information is subject to change. We will closely monitor the public health situation in Canada in the weeks leading up to the event and inform participants about any changes to our CCL health and safety guidelines. 


Please contact us at ccl@sustainablepractice.org if you have any additional questions about the CCL or application process.

Creative Climate Cities Profiles

Every city needs culture to animate action on the environment and rehearse new ways of co-existing. So we are delighted to launch a new report produced with World Cities Culture Forum titled Tackling Climate Change Through Culture. We highlight 14 cities across the world that are becoming smarter and more sustainable with creative climate initiatives explored across four thematic areas: policy and strategy; resource and support; partnerships and innovation; and creative programmes and campaigns. The full report and each of the individual city profiles are available to download below.

To launch these cities profiles, Lucy Latham took presented in a panel session duringLondon Climate Action Week, and has shared her reflections in this blogpost on Smart and Sustainable Cities.
Check out: The Creative Climate Cities Profiles

Music Declares Emergency

Julie’s Bicycle has joined forces with the Music Industry to declare a climate and ecological emergency. In the last week we’ve received more than 1,000 signatures on the declaration, from those who represent a broad spectrum of the UK music community, including institutions such as:

Abbey Road Studios, AIM, the Association of Independent Festivals, Beggars Group, Believe, The BRIT School, Festival Republic, Kambe Events, Music Venue Trust, Powerful Thinking, Sony Music UK, United Talent Agency, Universal Music UK, Village Underground, Warner Music UK, Warner Chappell Music UK

plus artists such as: 
Bernard Butler, Beth Orton, Bonobo, Caribou, Carleen Anderson, Ezra Furman, Fay Milton (Savages), Floating Points, Foals, Geoff Barrow, Hot Chip, IDLES, Imelda May, Jon Hopkins, Kathleen Hanna, Maribou State, Mick Hucknall, Nadine Shah, Nitin Sawhney, Pretenders, Radiohead, Sam Fender, The Cinematic Orchestra, This Is The Kit, Tom Odell, plus hundreds of other artists and businesses.Music professionals can sign up below or you canfollow it all on social media:#MusicDeclaresEmergency.JB is also a signatory to Culture Declares Emergency, representing the broader performing and visual arts community – sign up to Culture Declares here.
Join: Music Declares Emergency

Podcast launch: The Colour Green

The first series of The Colour Green podcasts are now live! In these podcasts, as part of the Arts Council England environmental programme, Baroness Lola Young speaks with artists and activists of colour who are at the forefront of social innovation – connectingclimate justice, race, power and inequality. Guests include speculative fiction writer and pleasure activist, Ama Josephine Budge; artist and honorary president of the Black Environment Network, Judy Ling Wong; musician and founder of the Rural-Urban Synthesis Society, Kareem Dayes; and poet and creative facilitator Zena Edwards

“Congratulations on the podcasts they have entertained and informed me on last weeks commute, I can’t wait to listen to the next in the series.” - Feedback from Richard Clinton, Luton Culture

Please have a listen, join the conversation, follow and share widely with #ColourGreenPodcast

Arts Council England Environmental Report 2017/18

Julie’s Bicycle has been working in partnership with Arts Council England since 2012 to inspire environmental action across the arts and culture sector, with a focus on long-term funding partners, the National Portfolio Organisations. The Sustaining Great Art and Culture report celebrates the successes of arts and cultural organisations in acting on national and international climate targets. 

“Arts and culture are some of the most effective drivers of transformation. They change our minds, move our hearts and spur us into action. So it’s wonderful to see the collaboration between Julie’s Bicycle, the Arts Council and the creative sector succeeding in bringing together so many different cultural organizations to transform the public conversation on climate change, while tackling their own impact as well. Thank you for all your commitments so far and let’s keep blazing the trail, this work has never been more important.” – Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism and Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC 2010-2016

Over the past six years, theatres, galleries, museums, music venues, festivals and other cultural organisations across the country have taken great strides to improve their environmental practice. From Royal Court Theatre and The Poetry Society, toTurner Contemporary and Glyndebourne Opera House, these organisations are emerging as leaders and key collaborators in sustainability. They are also presenting artistic and creative work that raises environmental awareness among their audiences in innovative ways.

Key findings of the report include:

Organisations are consistently reducing carbon emissions: CO2 emissions have decreased by 35% across the National Portfolio since the programme began.

Organisations are more energy efficient: Direct energy consumption has been reduced by 23% since 2012/13.

Organisations are increasingly financially resilient: The ongoing drive to reduce energy consumption has led to financial savings of £16.5 million since the programme began.

Organisations are experiencing benefits beyond reductions: Environmental practice and carbon literacy are being linked to improvements in other organisational priorities, including team morale and strategic decision-making.

Organisations are contributing to a new creative ecology: The above trends drive demand for – and generate new skills and knowledge that support – clean technologies, sustainable goods and services, greener waste solutions and the emergent circular economy. A quarter of the Portfolio are now on a green energy tariff.

In response to the growing commitment demonstrated by the sector, Arts Council England and Julie’s Bicycle will now shift focus towards accelerating impact and stretching ambition. This includes two new strands of work: The Accelerator Programme, which offers organisations resources and expertise to develop innovative ideas into deliverable projects for greater impact, and a targeted carbon reduction scheme for organisations with large infrastructures, The Spotlight Programme.

Don’t forget to follow JB on Twitter and use the hashtag #COPtimism to join in the conversation.



Image: Passage for Par, Rosemary Lee. Photo © Steve Tanner

Julie’s Bicycle hosts Creative Climate Leadership session at COP24 in Poland

Thu 6 December 2018 – 11:00 – 17:30 CET

Łaźnia Nowa. Teatr
25 Osiedle Szkolne
31-978 Kraków


What can culture and creativity do for the climate challenge?

The climate crisis is unfolding all around us as the defining episode of the 21st century.

While the international climate change negotiations take place in Katowice, we will gather artists and those working in the arts and creative industries to share their inspirational projects, and tell the story of how culture and creativity are a critical part of the solution to climate change and other environmental challenges.

Creative Climate Leadership is a Creative Europe co-funded programme for artists and cultural professionals to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience.

This one-day event will be a dialogue between the cultural sector, artists, environmental experts and policymakers.

What will the programme cover?

As our Creative Europe co-funded project draws to a close, this event will weave together the learning, creativity, and experiences of the Creative Climate Leadership programme and lay the foundations for what comes next.

We will explore the different ways artists and creative professionals are engaging with questions of climate change and environmental sustainability: from reducing the environmental impact of their own work, to programming, experimentation, creativity and design spilling over into environmental themes. We will discuss what it will take to support and scale up this work across the globe, how we can work effectively in different political and cultural contexts, and how we make visible the Creative Climate movement across the world.

Full agenda and timings TBC.

Who is this event for?

Artists and creative professionals, individuals working at cultural and educational institutions, culture and environment funders, national and regional policymakers, political and civic participants attending the COP24 international climate change conference in neighbouring Katowice – anyone who wants to learn more and be immersed and inspired by the spectrum of creative action on climate change and other environmental challenges.

How can I take part?

Register and show up! Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Note: this event will be held in English.

Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any specific access requirements to participate fully in the event and we will be happy to accommodate these as far as possible. Please email chiara@juliesbicycle.com directly with any queries.

How do I get there?

If you’re in Katowice for COP24, travelling to Krakow to join the Creative Climate Leadership event is easy.

You can:

  • Take a train from Katowice train station to Krakow Glowny train station, which takes around 2 hours and costs 35 PLN (ca 8 EURO)
  • Take a flixbus from Katowice bus station to Krakow MDA, which takes just over 1 hour and costs from 2 EURO (prices may go up if fewer seats are available)

Teatr Laznia Nowa is around a half hour tram journey from the train station (which is also where the flixbus terminates). Trams run every few minutes. Take the number 5 eight stops towards Wzgorza Krzeslawi to stop Czyzyny, then take the number 73 four stops towards Kopiec Wandy to stop Struga. The theatre is ca 500m or 7 minutes’ walk from the stop. 40-minute tram tickets cost PLN 3,80 per journey (ca 0.88 EURO).

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Tram journey planner Remember to stamp/validate your tram ticket on boarding!

How did this event come about?

Creative Climate Leadership is a Creative Europe co-funded project coordinated by Julie’s Bicycle involving seven partners from across Europe: Pina, On the Move, Ars Baltica, COAL, EXIT Foundation, and krug/Green Culture Montenegro.

Two five-day intensive residential Creative Climate Leadership training courses took place in Wales, UK and Koper, Slovenia in 2017, with participants from all over the world including Australia, Belgium, China, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Montenegro, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK, and Zimbabwe. Participants included artists and cultural leaders and practitioners, freelancers and representatives from organisations, policymakers, and funders across a wide range of creative disciplines including theatre and performing arts, music festivals, fashion design and visual arts. Their work expresses the breadth of the creative movement: from activism to design, from institutional leadership to policy–making.

For more information, please visit www.creativeclimateleadership.com

Leading on the organisation and curation of this event in Krakow on the occasion of COP24 are Green Culture Montenegro, EXIT Festival, and Julie’s Bicycle.

UK Based Event to Inspire Urgent Action on Climate Change

The Season 2018 (working title)

A creative season celebrating the environment and inspiring action on climate change.

What is it?

From June 1st to December 1st 2018 a UK based, internationally connected ‘Season’ will unite the Creative and Cultural Community in a global chorus celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change. It is programmed to coincide with the landmark COP24 global climate talks due to take place in November 2018.

The Season will celebrate the widest (and wildest!) range of creative responses to climate change and the environment across arts, design, broadcast, film, fashion, music and in museums, galleries, theatres, venues, cinemas, festivals, parks, schools, and on the streets.

What can you do?

You can choose to do any number of things, including:

  • Programme special events, commission a piece, organise debates, curate an exhibition, provide space for spontaneous performances, host open calls…We just ask that you put climate change and the environment centre stage in whatever creative way you can!
  •  Turn your organisation or practice inside out and tell audiences about what you’re doing to work more sustainably behind the scenes.

The most important thing is that you speak out. All together this season will champion change, showcase sustainable practice, and inspire urgent climate action. If you want to be inspired by what others have done, browse through case studies below or visit: http://www.juliesbicycle.com/the-season-2018-brief

Who can take part?

Everyone is welcome – individuals as well as organisations, large and small-scale, local and national, commercial to community.


Take part between June 1st to December 1st 2018:

1. Tell us if you are interested in joining. Sign up here to register your interest in taking part: http://eepurl.com/ctcwp5

2. If you are an NPO, or planning to apply to the portfolio this February, it would be fantastic for you to include environmental sustainability and mention ‘The Season 2018’ in your submission, operationally or artistically. Even if you are not sure how you will engage, we encourage you to mention it via a simple phrase such as:

{Organisation name} is participating in Julie’s Bicycle, Artsadmin and Battersea Art Centre’s ‘Season 2018’ taking place between June – December 2018 celebrating the environment and inspiring action on climate change. (Please do adapt to suit you)

The Season Team

Judith Knight Artsadmin, Alison Tickell Julie’s Bicycle, David Jubb Battersea Arts Centre, Lucy Wood and Olivia Gray. If you have any queries get in touch: theseason2018@gmail.com

What do we want to achieve?

The Season originated during an industry discussion about the arts and climate change. When the provocation question arose ‘What if the UK cultural and creative sector were to come together in a collective moment focusing on climate, raising profile and awareness to such an extent that it could not be ignored?’ countless organisations in the room said they wanted to join in, and the idea took on its own momentum.

We want to:

• Put the issue of climate change higher up both personal and political agendas and rethink our relationship to the environment.

• Celebrate the vibrant green movement already taking place across the arts and creative industries, and inspire others to join.

• Make positive change feel achievable for all.

• Inspire creativity and unleash new design to construct a low-carbon world.

• Raise our voices to policymakers to show them that they have the support to make ambitious political decisions for a sustainable future.

• Create spaces for people to intellectually and emotionally engage themselves with climate change and what it means to build a sustainable, equitable future.

Next steps

A steering group currently comprised of Artsadmin, Julie’s Bicycle, Battersea Arts Centre and London Theatre Consortium is talking with organisations across the UK who want to take part. The conversation to date has been about creating regional networks by identifying a champion in each region, with organisations supporting each other to be part of this national season. Organisations and individuals are encouraged to take their own lead, but will be brought together by a central website and major social media campaign.

Early champions committed to the project represent a range of art forms, geographic spread and size to ensure diversity and inclusivity, including: Curzon Cinema Group, Manchester International Festival, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Free Word, Artsadmin.

Why does it matter?

Powered by human activity, climate change is wreaking havoc on average global temperatures, weather patterns, ocean levels, land and water ecosystems, disrupting natural equilibriums that have sustained life for over 800,000 years with potentially disastrous consequences on communities, habitats, and biodiversity across the globe. We need to rapidly control greenhouse gas emissions, rethink our land and water use, and completely reshape the way we use and employ resources and technologies.

The creative community has a vital role to play in meeting global sustainability challenges. Climate change is not just a problem of science or technology: many (although by no means all) of the solutions we need are well known and understood. But action to date has not been commensurate with our knowledge. That makes climate change, at its core, a cultural challenge. And at the heart of culture sit the arts and creativity: the stories we tell, how we tell them, and elusive matters of the heart – how we feel about things – but also how we design, craft, and build the world around us, demonstrating positive solutions and stimulating imagination.

Further information and inspiring case studies can be found here: http://www.juliesbicycle.com/the-season-2018-brief

And remember to sign up simply go to: http://eepurl.com/ctcwp5

Image courtesy Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2014, The Voice Project

Event by Julie’s Bicycle: Energising Culture – March 9th, London.

Energising Culture
Thursday 9 March 2017, 11.00 – 17.30

Frobisher Room 1, Level 4, Barbican, London.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

(Registration from 10.30, networking drinks reception and performance from 17.30)

Join Julie’s Bicycle for this first event in a series of conversations focusing on energy, ethics and finance for the cultural sector.

The ability to tap into the reserves of millions of years of solar energy concentrated in fossil fuels has driven and shaped our civilisation over the past few hundred years. But this relationship is also having profound impacts on our climate.

To keep climate change under 2°C, better yet 1.5°C, as mandated by the Paris Agreement, means we have to limit the amount of Carbon we put into the atmosphere – and that means limiting the amount of fossil fuels we burn and phasing out their use in the next couple of decades.

This urgency and pressure has already taken hold and is driving a shift in social, financial and cultural values. Experts in the financial markets are increasingly concerned about a ‘Carbon Bubble’ as ‘unburnable’ fossil fuels are at risk of losing value if we are going to meet our climate commitments.

In the meantime, investment funds committed to divesting from fossil fuels have doubled to over $5 trillion in the past year, global investment in renewable energy in 2015 increased by 5% reaching $285.9bn, and renewables supplied 10% of global electricity in 2015. Both the divestment movement and the call for a zero carbon transition to using only clean, renewable energy to power our societies have gained international backing and momentum.

What are the opportunities and risks for the arts and creative industries in the contexts of these growing movements? What is the role of the arts in this shift?
How can cultural organisations build their financial resilience to growing risks, while helping to build a more sustainable world?
What actions will have the greatest impact?

This event will be the first of several to bring together the cultural and creative sector with experts in the clean energy and ethical finance sector to discuss what new partnerships are needed to unlock this huge potential for new collaborations and approaches.

Be a part of the conversation – Reserve your free place now.

Venue Information and Access

The Barbican Centre is a vast building comprising many different venues. There is ramped access from the main entrance at Silk Street to the Level G Foyer where lifts service all levels. Our event space, Frobisher Room 1 is located on Level 4.

This event will be livestreamed and live subtitled. When booking please inform us if you require any additional access arrangements and we will be happy to accomodate these as far as possible.

Photo Shambala Festival 2012. Photo © Andrew Whitton.

This event is part of a wider programme of Julie’s Bicycle events supported by funding through Arts Council England and is held in association with our partners Good Energy and Innovate UK.

Sustaining Great Art: Arts Council England Environmental Report 2015/16

Arts and culture sector acting on climate change

Arts and culture engagement with environmental sustainability is the highest it has ever been, according to a report released today by Julie’s Bicycle, a leading charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

Julie’s Bicycle has been working in partnership with Arts Council England since 2012 to inspire environmental action across the arts and culture sector, with a focus on National Portfolio Organisations. This report demonstrates the success of the programme in supporting the sector to act on national and international climate targets.

Key report findings include:

• The sector continues to reduce its environmental impacts; notably greenhouse gas emissions from energy use decreased by 17% between 2014/15 and 2015/16 despite a growth in cultural activity.

• Environmental action is making the sector more resilient, avoiding £5.1 million in energy costs during 2015/16 (compared to taking no action), and improving staff wellbeing in 71% of reporting organisations.

• The sector is taking action in multiple ways, engaging audiences and other stakeholders in the process. 37% of organisations have produced, programmed or curated work on environmental themes, with a further 28% planning to do so or exploring possibilities.

• People are increasingly working together to address environmental issues, with 45% of reporting organisations having found their environmental action plans useful for developing new partnerships.

• The sector’s work is having an international impact, with more knowledge-sharing taking place between cultural organisations internationally, and other funding bodies considering policy interventions inspired by Arts Council England.

“As the first national council in the world to introduce environmental reporting for its regularly funded organisations, the Arts Council has been a major driver for unlocking the sector’s contribution to environmental responsibility. This report demonstrates the response taking place, and the sector’s potential to engage the public, design solutions and initiate a shift in cultural values to support a more sustainable future.” – Alison Tickell, CEO, Julie’s Bicycle

“We see sustainability as being intrinsic to resilience. It’s not only environmentally responsible but it makes economic sense. Our collaboration with Julie’s Bicycle is introducing us all to new ways of working. Our funding supports not only the mechanics of compliance – the environmental reporting tools, help and support but also thought-leadership. We all believe that art and culture can make the world a better place; this programme shows how our actions can make a real difference.” – Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

“This important partnership is a beacon of international best practice and shows how our arts organisations are leading the way in building a more environmentally responsible industry. The report demonstrates that a sustainable sector can also have a positive financial impact and improve staff wellbeing.” – Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Read the full report here.

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: www.creativeclimateleadership.com/apply

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!