We will collect 87 artworks to commemorate 87 protected beavers killed under ScotGov license in 2019.
Eighty-seven beavers on Tayside were killed under license by the Scottish Government in 2019: almost one-fifth of Scotland’s beaver population, estimated at 450 animals.
Wise management, or senseless slaughter?
Beavers bring a range of benefits including flood control and their ability to create habitat for many other species through their dam-building activities. Many landowners in other areas of Scotland would love to have beavers on their own rivers and streams, but while the beavers on Tayside, which were reintroduced around 15 years ago after being extinct in Britain for more than three hundred years, gained legally protected status in May 2019, it is still illegal to transport beavers from one area of the country to another.
The proposed art action seeks to commemorate the 87 beavers legally killed in the name of wise management, while persuading the Scottish Government not to kill any more of these beautiful animals, but instead allow them to be legally transported to other areas of the country where they can perform their useful functions.
We are putting out a call for people from all over Scotland and elsewhere to send us artistic representations of the Eurasian beaver: pictures, stuffed toys, papier maché models, sculptures, you name it. This call-out goes as much to professional artists as it does to ordinary members of the public of any age or walk of life. From all the beavers we receive before the deadline, we’ll select 87 to form part of an exhibition which will be put on show in public spaces across Scotland as well as in any gallery space that wants to host it – pandemic conditions permitting, of course.
Visit the 87 beavers website for more information
Deadline: 31st July 2020
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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