Open Calls

Call for Papers – Eco-citizenship, Sustainable Climate, and the Performance Art

Planet, people and practices

Climate action is at the heart of combating climate change because climate change is no longer a travesty. Between 31 October-13 November 2021, world leaders converged at the United Conference of the Parties (COPS26)—the supreme body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to “revisit and strengthen their 2030 emissions reduction targets, to align with the Paris temperature goal, and to do that by the end of this year”. At this global event, developed countries were urged to scale up climate finance, specifically to double finance for adaptation by 2025. Less than a year after this summit, Hurricane Ida stroke in the United States, and the world continued the gradual shrinking of the River Euphrates and the incessant forest burns, glacier melts, floods and heat waves in various geographical spaces on the African continent. As COPs 27 held in November 2022 in South Sinai, Egypt, environmental activists and scholars know that the agenda would stand on the shoulders of agendas of previous conventions. Resolutions at previous COPS-such as the 1995 Berlin conference, the Kyoto Protocol (1997) and the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, have always fallen short of their capacity to combat the depletion of the environment and create livable cities.

Could this be a result of the overemphasis on capital? The ongoing planetary crises has led to a critique of capital and a call to end the extraction-based economy, particularly from the Global South (Bassey, 2012). The resource-based system and over-reliance on finance continue to create more room to extract rather than build. The argument is that the continuous acquisition of capital is responsible for the complexity of the quest for world leaders to create liveable societies devoid of climate crises. Scholars such as Lisa Woynarski (2020) looked at bio-performativity as a direction toward rethinking man’s relationship with the environment and giving agency to non-human species. John Forster and Brett Clark (2016) analyze the global environmental crises as caused by capitalism, globalization and neoliberal practices and therefore advocate for ecological revolution driven by anti-capitalist methodologies. The contention here is that the focus on capital by climate change stakeholders (Forster and Clark 2012, Moore 2017), such as what holds sway in the COPs, has done little or nothing to create eco-citizens and sustain climate.

The performance art has navigated the space of anti-anthropocentric methodologies, thereby lending credence to adopting less humanistic systems to create eco-citizens, sustainable climate and livable communities. For instance, Downing Cless’ stage adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1991), and James Cameron’s film Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) are about embracing anti-capitalist and less-humanistic ideologies to combat climate change. In the same vein, many performing art organizations and advocacy groups are using the creative sector to take action against greenhouse gas emissions, hydro-degradation and sustaining climate. Organizations such as the Guardian of the River and Julie’s Bicycle exemplify this drive for an ecological turn. This recent advocacy for anti-anthropogenic approaches, a shift from humanistic perspectives to biocentric methodologies and practices in narratives within the performing arts, is worth exploring. An investigation of this shift can offer new perspectives in pluriverse way of seeing and relating with the environment (Chaudhuri 1994). Hence, this volume addresses the extent to which the performing art (cinema, theatre, literature, music, sculpture and painting) have become sites of discourse on eco-citizenship, eco-centred philosophy, epistemic and ontic beliefs, and practices.

Abstracts are welcome from within specific disciplines of the performing art, e.g., performance studies, theatre studies, history, literature, cultural studies, visual arts, film, dance, and from across disciplines. Themes in this volume could focus on but not limited to:

  • Decolonizing climate action methodologies
  • Eco-cinema and climate action
  • Theatre and eco-citizenship in the global south
  • The performing arts and climate change
  • Theatre and indigenous climate action
  • Politics of inclusion and exclusion of indigenous people
  • Participation and climate crises
  • Sustainable art practices
  • Eco-scenography and climate actions
  • Climate change and policies
  • Greening the performing art
  • Ecocriticism from page to stage; from page to screen

Send an abstract of 300 words and a 100-word bio to the editors– Dr. Taiwo Afolabi and Stephen Okpadah at on/before 30th March.

If accepted, the final papers will be due on 30th September 2023. Contributors are to use the MLA 7th Edition referencing style.

Works cited

  • Bassey, Nnimmo. (2012). To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa. Cape Town: Pambazuka Press.
  • Chaudhuri, Una. (1994). There Must Be a Lot of Fish in that Lake: Toward an Ecological Theatre. Theatre Vol. 25 (1): 1-25.
  • Forster, John, and Clark, Brett. (2016). Marx’s Ecology and the Left. Monthly Review. Vol. 68 (2): 37-52.
  • Moore, Jason. (2017). The Capitalocene, Part I: on the nature and origins of our ecological crisis. The Journal of Peasant Studies.
  • Woynarski, Lisa. (2020). Ecodramaturgies: Theatre, Performance and Climate Change. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rising: Climate in Crisis Residencies at A Studio in the Woods

Rising: Climate in Crisis Residencies at A Studio in the Woods invites artists to be agents of change in guiding our collective understanding, response, and vision as we shape our shared future. 

Artists play a vital role in facing the climate crisis. We encourage artists to guide our collective response to this challenging issue while bringing wisdom, integrity, optimism, and even humor to intentional projects seeking transformation for our species and our planet. Southeast Louisiana’s land and inhabitants are continually challenged by the effects of environmental degradation. As sea levels and temperatures rise, our landscape acts as a microcosm of the global environment. We look for ways to reimagine our interactions with our shifting urban and natural ecosystems. Rising Residencies provide artists with time, space, funding, and staff support to foster critical thinking in the creation of new works – igniting our imaginations while illuminating our challenges and inspiring solutions.

We are open to artists of all disciplines who have demonstrated an established dialogue with environmental and cultural issues. We ask artists to describe in detail how our unique region will affect their work, propose a public component to their residency, and suggest ways how they will engage with the local community.

Proposals are due April 10, 2023 and residencies will be awarded by June 1, 2023.

Direct questions to Cammie Hill-Prewitt at

Join us for an online Info Session about applying for Rising Residencies on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 12pm central time. Register here.

2022 Info Session recording is available here.


Call for artists for EMBracing the Ocean 2023 – 2024 programme

EMB’s artist-in-residence programme ‘EMBracing the Ocean’ provides grants for creative individuals or groups to co-create work with Ocean scientists. It aims to inspire wide reaching societal change for Ocean sustainability by expanding societies’ understanding of the Ocean’s value and the urgency of ensuring its health and resilience now and into the future.

If we are to ensure the effectiveness of scientific solutions developed within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, society’s relationship with the Ocean must change. The arts are powerful ways to impact society and drive societal change due to their role in conveying human values, ideas, and visions; developing social, cultural, and individual identities; offering innovative approaches to communication and dialogue around complex issues; distilling information; and producing new knowledge and insights. This programme is part of EMB’s support for the Ocean Decade, and contributes to the Ocean Decade societal challenge of an inspiring and engaging Ocean where society understands and values the Ocean in relation to human wellbeing and sustainable development. The EMBracing the Ocean programme additionally supports the goals of the EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters (Mission Ocean) to protect and restore marine ecosystems and biodiversity, prevent and eliminate pollution in our Ocean and to make the sustainable blue economy carbon-neutral and circular. Public mobilisation and engagement are key enablers of the Mission Ocean, for which art plays an important role.

Background information

The Ocean covers 70% of the surface of our planet, forms 95% of the biosphere in terms of volume and is essential for supporting life. The Ocean regulates global climate systems and has absorbed one third of excess carbon dioxide emitted into our atmosphere since the industrial revolution, as well as the majority of Earth’s excess heat. It provides potential for a huge source of renewable energy, coastal protection, recreation and cultural well-being, as well as being an importance source of food and medicine. These benefits that the Ocean provides are dependent on the maintenance of Ocean physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes, healthy and resilient marine ecosystems, and a shift in human activities towards sustainable practices. The Ocean is too often out of sight and out of mind, and is increasingly under threat from human activities including global population growth, pollution (including CO2, nutrients, plastics, noise), climate change, and over-fishing, causing the widespread loss and degradation of marine ecosystems and biodiversity. However, there are solutions which we must embrace and scale-up to overcome global sustainability challenges. This includes the conservation and restoration of key marine ecosystems such as mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass; reducing marine pollution; sustainably managing our fisheries and other resource use; and strengthening empathy towards our Ocean.

A key principle of the EMBracing the Ocean programme is co-creation of work between artists and their scientific collaborators. Co-creation is the process of creating something new together while exchanging and reshaping ideas. The artists and scientists are considered equal and each side benefits and learns from the process. The goal of co-created art-science projects should go beyond making complex scientific topics more accessible to the public, but also for the scientists to gain new insights into their work by collaborating with artists.

Call for artists for 2023 – 2024 programme

The European Marine Board (EMB) is looking for two new artists for the 2023 – 2024 edition of our ‘EMBracing the Ocean’ artist-in-residence programme. As we enter the third year of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the need to connect people to our Ocean is more important than ever. The EMBracing the Ocean programme provides 10,000 euro grants for creative individuals/groups from a wide range of disciplines to co-create artwork in collaboration with Ocean scientists to raise societal awareness of the Ocean’s value and inspire behavioural change for a sustainable future.

How to apply

You can find more information about the programme and how to apply by downloading our ‘Application Information’ document. A template for preparing submission materials is available here, and applicants are welcome to consult our FAQs. Applications can be submitted until midnight CET on 20 February 2023 using the application form.


Call out – BRILLIANT ideas wanted for Lumiere 2023!

Artichoke is inviting anyone aged 18+ to submit their bright idea for new light works for Lumiere 2023. The UK’s light art biennial will take place from 16-19 November 2023 in Durham.

The national commissioning scheme aims to encourage creativity across the UK as well as highlight brilliant ideas from people living in or originally from the North East. Successful applicants will be supported by Artichoke with the production costs and technical expertise to create and install their artwork at specific locations.

Successful applicants will receive:
– A fee of up to £1,000
– An international platform to exhibit your light work
– Support from an Artichoke Producer and Production Manager to realise your BRILLIANT idea
And more… 

You don’t need to be a practising artist or have any previous experience to apply to BRILLIANT. You just need a bright idea. 

Who can apply?
– Anyone aged over 18
– Anyone currently living in the UK

The closing date for applications is Sunday 19 February 2023, 11:59pm.

Artichoke is committed to broadening the diversity of those working in the medium of light art and encourages applications from people who are currently under-represented in our BRILLIANT alumni, including people of colour and people who identify as d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Contact us at:
020 7650 7611 (Mon – Fri, 10:00 -18:00) /

YouthLeadG20 Fellowship Program 2023

YouthLeadG20 Fellowship Program 2023 is an initiative of Udaan Youth Club Tyodhi that aims to bring all the Great Thinkers and Young Changemakers together on a virtual forum to share their opinion around the possibilities of India’s G20 Presidency and youth-related focus areas to give them the opportunity to create, contribute and collaborate to the development agenda of G20. We wish to spark this conversation with the power of stories, media, tech and events with the active participation of all the stakeholders from G20 Countries.

If you’re an individual who is directly/indirectly contributing to any kind of social reform that is positively impacting the lives of people, we want to meet you through this program. Selected Fellows will be promoted to YouthLeadG20 ambassadors in which they will be engaged in producing online blogs and virtual talks to structure the effective delivery of their G20 youth-focused areas-related ideas.

Youth-focused areas of G20:
  • Future of Work: Industry 4.0, Innovation, & 21st Century Skills 
  • Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Ushering in an Era of No War 
  • Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: Making Sustainability a Way of Life 
  • Shared Future: Youth in Democracy and Governance 
  • Health, Wellbeing, and Sports: Agenda for Youth
  1. Selected fellows will be promoted to YouthLeadG20 ambassador in their countries
  2. Opportunity to share your G20 development agenda-related ideas using the creative tools
  3. Best ideas will be submitted to the G20 secretariat and YAS ministry
  4. Certification and direct consideration for similar opportunities
  • Commit to working on the mission and vision of the YouthLeadG20
  • You should be available to work with the YouthLeadG20 
  • You must contribute with a minimum of one article and/or one virtual event
  • You should have an active presence on social media
  • This fellowship is open to individuals from G20 countries only
  • The YouthLeadG20 Fellowship is not an academic fellowship. Non-traditional changemaker individuals are also encouraged to apply
Application Process:

Visit to apply for this fellowship. Selected individuals will get a confirmation email within one week of submitting their applications.


The deadline to apply for this program is 12th February 2023 at 11:59 Pm IST but you’re advised to apply at the earliest for timely processing of your application.

For Queries:

Write to with ‘YouthLeadG20’ in the subject line.

IMMERSION 5.0: VR Creation Lab

DEADLINE Wednesday, February 1st, 2023, at 11:59pm.

Dates TBD Summer 2023; residency will run 3 weeks @ Jengo’s Playhouse Campus in Wilmington, NC

Tuition: $1200*includes food, lodging and technical support for VR production | tuition and travel subsidies available by application

The IMMERSION Lab is a combination of a virtual reality creation residency and an invitation for artists to engage the racial history of America within the context of a southern city: Wilmington, North Carolina. Bringing multiple meanings of immersion together, this residency is an opportunity to put critical thinking into practice through immersive media projects. Through this residency, artists will learn about Wilmington’s racial history and learn to see how it shapes the present, whilst becoming acquainted with the growing field of virtual reality (VR) and developing and executing an immersive media project. 

Building on the belief that meaningful work is born out of a deep sensitivity for the context from which it emerges, we will immerse ourselves on every level. We will build group rapport through collective experiences, embodied workshops, intimate collaboration and co-mentorship of creative processes. We will engage the history of Wilmington through curated film screenings, local tours, conversations and readings, allowing our research to inform our projects and process. The tools of virtual reality have created a new space of exploration for the vanguard of immersive media and performance. The IMMERSION program asks: How do we root our virtual realities within the political and social realities from which they emerge? How do we resist the escapist trends of immersive media and deepen our relationship to place and to each other through immersion? What layers of historical, cultural, colonial, oppressive, personal and social fabrics map onto our movements in a space? How might we engage these realities actually, and virtually? As technologies evolve, how do artists adapt? 

The first week of the session will be focused on group and site introductions, local tours, as well as developing technical familiarity with the 360 cameras,  technology and gear. In the second week, we will create immersive media projects with our co-residents as collaborators and crew. The third week will be devoted to learning and beginning post production, culminating in a work-in-progress sharing of projects at the end of the residency. 

We are seeking participants who have capacity to engage in an intensive production schedule, interest in developing skills and familiarity with immersive media and 360 video, and a desire to do anti-racist work within media production. Prior experience with 360° cameras and technology will not be required. Session participants will have access to 360° video capture cameras, training in how to use these cameras, as well as technical support during the filming and editing process. Please note that IMMERSION 5.0 has access to limited computer workstations, and participants should be prepared to work from their own laptop and hard drives if they have access to them. 

Pieces created at the residency will exhibit at the VR Salon at the Cucalorus Festival in November 2023. Residents will be encouraged to return to Wilmington for the festival to participate as exhibiting artists. 

Opportunity: Call out for climate performers

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is seeking a solo performer/artist with work-in-progress to take part in Planet Scratch Night.

APA is pleased to offer this performance opportunity as part of Climate Week North-East 2023 at the Lemon Tree. We are seeking a solo artist with a work-in-progress performance of 30-40 minutes that centres on the climate conversation.

We welcome applications from practising creatives across any art form that is suitable for the stage, inclusive of but not limited to theatre, performance art, drag and spoken word. You will present this work as part of a scratch night billing on Wednesday 29 March alongside performance artist Katy Dye, who will be presenting her work-in-progress, Climate Grief Karaoke.

This opportunity welcomes applications from artists with a track record of presenting work in venues of a similar size and scale to the Lemon Tree. The Lemon Tree lounge space has a capacity of 150 seated cabaret-style. More information about the venue can be found on our website.

If you would like to arrange a visit to the Lemon Tree before submitting your application, please contact to arrange this. ​

​Other important information

Fee: £850 fee plus travel expenses

Performance date: Wednesday, 29 March 2023 at the Lemon Tree

Deadline to apply: Friday, 27 January 2023

More information and how to apply

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Art x Climate: A Project of the Fifth National Climate Assessment 

The U.S. Global Change Research Program, in collaboration with Smithsonian Institution, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, invites artists to engage in the development of the Fifth National Climate Assessment by creatively visualizing climate change in the United States: its causes, impacts, and manifestations; our shared vulnerabilities; and the strength of our collective response.

Art x Climate seeks to strengthen partnerships between science and art and demonstrate the power of art to advance the national conversation around climate change. Selected art submissions will be featured in the Fifth National Climate Assessment as chapter covers and within the chapters. Selected artworks may also be used in case studies, in public events, or in communication materials.

There are two calls, one for artists ages 13–17(link is external), and one for artists 18 and up(link is external) (more details below). Artists who wish to submit their works must do so via the appropriate CaFÉ portal by 11:59 PM ET on January 27, 2023.

Youth Call

We are looking for students to submit artwork related to the topic of climate, people, and nature. This art will help readers of the Fifth National Climate Assessment see how the climate is changing and what that means for the people, places, and activities they love. Artists must be 13–17 years old and have parental or legal guardian permission to submit. All artists must be living in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Entries can be produced by individuals or by teams.

To find out more about how to submit art, please visit the CaFÉ portal (link is external).

Adult Call

The contest is open to all visual artists, whether professionals or nonprofessionals. Artists must be at least 18 years old at the time of submission in order to participate in this call. All artists must be living and working in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Entries can be produced by individuals or by teams.

To learn more about this call for art, including submission requirements and judging criteria, please visit the CaFÉ portal (link is external).

Opportunity: Bad Taste – open call for artists and activists

Bad Taste: confronting the role of industrial food in the climate crisis

Bad Taste is a Greenpeace project funding creative ideas that confront the role of the UK’s industrial food system in the climate crisis.

UK-based artists and activists are invited to devise artworks, creative actions and interventions in places of public, political and corporate structural power.

Three projects will be supported with grants of £10,000, a separate production budget and a box of ash from burnt Amazon rainforest.

In recognition that there are inequities built into the industrial food system, this project prioritises the perspectives of artists and activists who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, people of colour and/or working class. We welcome people identifying as disabled and neurodivergent, and will support access needs wherever possible.

The ash represents the damage and violence that underpin industrial meat and dairy. Climate-critical forests across Brazil are burnt for the expansion of animal agriculture – displacing and destroying Indigenous Peoples’ lives.

Even if fossil fuel use ended today, without significantly reducing meat and dairy, emissions from the global food system alone would make it impossible to limit warming to 1.5°C.

Greenpeace is calling for a reduction of industrial meat and dairy in the UK of 70% by 2030. The transition away from industrial meat and dairy requires support to be in place for farmers to produce food more sustainably for all; stopping imports of all agricultural commodities like animal feed that are linked to the destruction of forests overseas; freeing up land to restore nature in the UK; a commitment to ensuring accessible, affordable, nutritious food that respects cultural and religious traditions; and adequate support for households on the lowest incomes.

This project sits at the intersection of art and activism to foster imaginative strategies that create change. It’s the first time Greenpeace has fully opened up its action design process.

Submit your ideas by 15 January 2023. [opens in a new window]

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Call for Fellows: The Bentway’s Public Space Fellowship Program 2023

Application Deadline: November 3, 2022

Fellowship Dates: January 16, 2023 – May 31, 2023 (21.6 weeks)

Information Session: October 25, 2022

Prospective applicants are invited to participate in an online information session with The Bentway team to learn more about the Public Space Fellowship Program. The session will take place on October 26, 2022, from 12:30-2:00pm hosted by The Bentway team via webinar. Click here to register.

The Bentway’s Public Space Fellowship seeks to address sector-wide gaps and ensure that burgeoning talent, lived experience, and a diversity of expertise help shape a more sustainable city for all. Acknowledging the limitations and shortcomings of existing processes, The Bentway seeks to provide a paid professional development opportunity that provides resources, support, and a platform for learning, generative exchange, and capacity-building.

Working alongside The Bentway team, and a diverse group of season partners, the 2023 Public Space Fellowship will explore the intersection of sustainability and public space design, management, and programming. To learn more about the Fellowship, download the full Call for Fellows.