Opportunity: Convergence – Course for aspiring screenwriters

Supporting professional writers, filmmakers and creative practitioners from other disciplines Programme outline: Starting on Saturday 8th January 2022, the programme will include three full-weekend online workshops in January and February 2022. There will be additional 1-2-1 sessions over the course of the three months, with a final industry mixer in March 2022 for participants to pitch

Wild Author: Bijal Vachharajani

By Mary Woodbury I virtually met author Bijal Vachharajani this past summer at Scotland’s CYMERA Festival of Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writing. We talked with host and author Lauren James, along with author James Bradley, about how we were motivated to write stories that focus on climate change. The talk aired on YouTube on June 5, if you’re

Little Amal – We Are Mighty at COP26

Over 100 primary school children from Glasgow & Perthshire met and accompanied Little Amal to COP26. On 10th November 2021, over 100 primary school children from Glasgow and Perthshire met and accompanied Little Amal on her journey through Glasgow to COP26. Drummers from the Ayawara West African Percussion and Dance Ensemble, led by Erick Valentin Mauricia accompanied Little Amal and the children

Conscient Podcast: e72 richard wagamese’s what comes from spirit

e72 richard wagamese’s what comes from spirit is my monologue about my excitement when  I found a copy of a posthumous book, What Comes From Spirit, by my favorite writer, Richard Wagamese, at the People’s Coop Bookstore in Vancouver and my reflections on Drew Hayden Taylor’s touching introduction. Script for monologue (slightly different in verbal form) It’s 2.29am on Sunday October 17th,

Arts at COP26

We’ve curated a selection of arts and culture articles with a shared COP26 / climate action theme Across Arts and Culture A ‘just’ climate change adaptation needs arts and culture – Yale Climate Connection The art of living after COP26 – The Herald ‘Do artists hold the key for achieving COP26 goals? – Arts Professional Art edition 5 –

Conscient Podcast: e71 green sessions debrief

e71 green sessions debrief are highlights from the 2021 Green Sessions organizing committee : Philippa Domville, Sandy Crawley, Robyn Stevan and Liisa Repo-Martell of Artists for Real Climate Action, Emma Stenning and Rohan Kulkarni of Soulpepper Theatre and myself from SCALE. We talked about the Canadian arts sector can step forward with impact to address the climate emergency. e71 green sessions

Please support CAN’s Crowdfunder!

Support CAN provide vital support for the arts by facilitating the reuse of materials and resources We need to raise £6k to extend our CAN Co-ordinator’s, role for another year. So far, we have secured half of the money needed to keep Megan, and we have launched a crowdfunder campaign to raise the rest. We

Opportunity: multiple posts available with Dandelion

Dandelion are looking for fantastic people to join us on our mission to get everyone growing! They are currently recruiting for: Emerging Creative Producers (10 posts in total) Supported by the core Dandelion team, each Emerging Creative Producer will work with a Dandelion Partner Organisations to actively engage people in local communities with the new Unexpected

New film for COP26 shows climate action needs culture

In a powerful short film launched today, Scottish-Nigerian supermodel, actress and activist Eunice Olumide MBE calls for culture to be front and centre of climate action. “Economists, scientists and politicians can’t fix the climate emergency on their own. They can’t change the way people think and that’s what is required. Climate change needs cultural change

A day in the life at COP26

In this guest blog from Catriona Patterson, she discusses her experiences of attending the COP26 United Nations climate conference, currently underway in Glasgow. The blog gives an honest and personal account of the ups and downs of her experience as well as some top tips on what she learned from the day.  Last week, I

Conscient Podcast: e70 one step at a time

e70 one step at a time is a monologue that I recorded on September 28th, 2021, in one take, while walking in the forest in Duhamel Québec, where I talk recite a poem that I wrote earlier that day about making choices and moving forward one step at a time in ‘radical listening’ mode, which is the

Member Spotlight: Meridel Rubenstein

October 18, 2021 This week we recognize the work of artist Meridel Rubenstein. The Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden Project (2011-present) is a humanitarian water remediation project, expressed through wastewater garden design and environmental art, that provides environmental and cultural regeneration to a desiccated region of southern Iraq. This project is a collaboration between co-directors artist/photographer

Conscient Podcast: e69 soundwalk in the dark

e69 soundwalk in the dark is a monologue that I recorded on September 29th, 2021, from 4.56am to 5.25am, in one take, while walking around our cottage in Duhamel Québec in the dark. I talk about soundwalking, listening, reconciliation, John Cage, dancing, etc., including quotes from #conscientpodcast season 2: ‘do not listen to this episode’ and e22

Lily Prince: Honing Plein Air

By Etty Yaniv Lily Prince makes lush plein air paintings depicting the essence of specific places around the world. By utilizing linear and color vocabularies, she creates pictorial fields which resemble disorienting topographical maps where time is fluid and frozen simultaneously. Lily shares her background, ideas, process, and projects. Tell me a bit about your background

Is Hope Overrated?

By Jennifer Atkinson Many consider hope to be essential to maintaining social movements where change is slow, setbacks are frequent, and the odds aren’t good. As Rebecca Solnit once wrote, “To hope is to give yourself to the future – and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.” But when it

Conscient Podcast: e68 andrew davies and no. 9 gardens

e68 andrews davies and no. 9 gardens is a #conscientpodcast conversation that I recorded on September 26th 2021, in one take, while in a yurt with Andrew Davies, Director of No 9 Gardens, near Kingston, Ontario. We talked about the art and environment, reconciliation, yurts, education, passing on knowledge and the joys of farming and art making.  e68

Radical Ecology: Media Art and the Environment

As London’s foremost forum for pioneering media arts, we present Radical Ecology, an online event in collaboration with National Gallery x Tue, November 23, 20211:30 PM – 2:45 PM EST Register for free HERE About this event Speakers: Aphra Shemza | Ben Eaton (Invisible Flock) | Sarah Craske | Frances Disley “Right now we are

Conscient Podcast: e67 wanna be an ally

e67 wanna be an ally is a reading of the poem ‘wanna be an ally’ from Towards Braiding by Elwood Jimmy and Vanessa Andreotti written in collaboration with Sharon Stein and published by the Musagetes Foundation. Used with authors’ permission. Transcription of monologue (French version below) conscient podcast, episode 67, ‘wanna be an ally’ I’ve

Member Spotlight: Kelly Richardson

October 11, 2021 This week we recognize the work of artist Kelly Richardson. HALO I, II and III are sequels to Camp, a video which presented a cliché of outdoor life filmed in 1998. The full moon on a summer evening is distorted by the heat rising from a crackling campfire. On the fire, popcorn

Conscient Podcast: e66 stillness

e66 stillness is a monologue that I recorded on September 14th, 2021, in one take, while sitting still in a kayak in a shallow bay on the Preston River, in Duhamel Québec where I talk about stillness, not-thinking and what I am hearing and feeling at that moment. This recording includes quotes from an unpublished episode