Green Arts Marketplace

Julie’s Bicycle Autumnal Update

It’s been a busy few months at Julie’s Bicycle. Below is a selection of news and events from the arts sustainability world as well as an update on all our latest goings on.


Green Arts Marketplace at Showman’s Show

We will be hosting the Green Innovations Hub at Showman’s Show 2013 to coincide with the launch of our new Green Arts Marketplace, an online directory listing suppliers of green goods and services to the creative industries. All Showman’s Show exhibitors can apply for advanced accreditation through the Green Arts Marketplace and successful candidates will be marked out as ‘green’ suppliers at the event. Further details on the Green Arts Marketplace will be announced soon. If you are interested please contact for more information.

Industry Green Certification Update

The Industry Green process is providing ever more organisations with the evidence to shout about their environmental successes. Since our last mailer, these organisations have achieved Industry Green status: congratulations to them all.

An outstanding 3 stars have been awarded to Glyndebourne and Lyric Hammersmith both for the second year in a row and they have been joined for the first time by Battersea Arts Centre.

Nine arts companies have been successfully awarded the 2 star rating – Live Theatre, Northern Stage, The Sage Gateshead, Tyneside Cinema, Seven Stories, Greenwich Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, Young Vic.

1 star certification goes to twelve organisations across the UK – BALTIC, Centre for Life, Dance City, Theatre Royal, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Glasgow Film Theatre, Almedia, Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Court, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tricycle, Norwich Theatre Royal.

You can learn more about Industry Green here.

Sustainable Production Guide Launched

A new free resource joins our extensive suite of guides. The Sustainable Production Guide provides up-to-date, comprehensive information on how to embed environmental sustainability at the heart of your production process. Featuring profiles of environmental best practice in production, key resources and hands-on actions, the guide provides production professionals with all the tools they need to place the environmental alongside financial and artistic considerations. You can download your copy of the guide via the Julie’s Bicycle website. There are more guides coming soon so keep an eye out.


Fresh from her stint at World Stage Design 2013 and giving an inspiring introduction to her work at our event on Sustainable Design for the Arts in September, Tanja Beer is currently working with Julie’s Bicycle as Activist in Residence.  A leader in ecological design practice and PhD candidate Tanja will be offering an insight into her practice, as well as supporting and feeding into our programme. Keep an eye out for blog posts and comment from Tanja over the next three months.

New Projects

The team at Julie’s Bicycle has been working on a wide range of different projects. Here are some highlights:

We are pleased to be working with Oxford City Council on an exciting new project bringing together ten cultural venues, organisations and events with the aim of making them as environmentally sustainable as possible. The twelve month project which kicked off with a half-day workshop last Friday.

This Autumn we will be supporting Manchester City Council’s new Sustainable Events Working Group as they develop five pilot ‘green events’ including Bonfire night, Christmas market and Chinese New Year celebrations.

Julie’s Bicycle will be supporting Creu Cymru in an ambitious sustainability project over the next year, involving eighteen theatres and arts centres from across Wales. Our input will include a series of events and a bilingual sustainability toolkit. Read the full story here.

Long Horizons II

Extending the scope of our last, at times whimsical piece of forecasting Long Horizons, we are embarking on a six month project gathering the thoughts, ideas and activities of the UK arts community. Working with our partners BOP, Technology Strategy Board and Meteos, we are exploring how new drivers and values are altering what we do. We want to come up with a practical response to these overarching influences and get a clearer view of our long horizon. More to come on this project…

IPCC – Our Response

Like the rest of the sustainability world we have been following the build-up and release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report on the state of the world’s climate closely and soaking up all the facts, figures, debate and conflicts. Read our response to the report’s findings on the Julie’s Bicycle blog.