Project Grow has been established through a joint vision between Wallscourt Farm Academy and South Gloucestershire Council to create an outdoor learning environment that explores the potential of creating a sustainable model for the active use of the academy grounds through growing and husbandry that is grounded in seasonal cultural activities.
Our aim for this project is to develop and implement a creative skills led project based on growing and learning that uses the grounds for one school year and leaves behind a model and sustainable skills for its continuation.
We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic lead artist to work collaboratively with team and wider community to research, facilitate and implement the project.
Green Capital is an annual award designed to promote and reward the efforts of cities to improve the environment. In 2015 the Green Capital status has been awarded to Bristol and is being coordinated by Bristol 2015.
A Partnership Steering Group has formed which is made up of 16 different thematic action groups for example: Water, food and Transport.
The Bristol Arts Heritage and Culture Group are looking for proposals from artists, art producers, companies, or individuals working in all art forms, AHC will link the best of these proposals with the targeted action group and appropriate partners and raise funds.
The proposals should respond to and address one or more of the thematic groups’ vision statements, and/or Green Capital objectives.
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.
One of the nation’s preeminent cultural events, the Tony Awards, in collaboration with the Broadway Green Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), took steps to reduce the environmental impact of its annual awards show, rehearsal period and telecast. The Broadway Green Alliance is an industry-wide initiative that educates, motivates and inspires the theater community and its patrons to adopt environmentally friendlier practices. This effort was achieved thanks to the collaborative efforts of The Broadway League, The American Theater Wing, Radio City Music Hall, and White Cherry Entertainment.
NRDC has purchased renewable energy credits for 100% of the electricity for the Tony Awards.
Radio City Music Hall has implemented an enhanced energy-efficiency plan and installed energy-efficient lighting.
NRDC has purchased carbon offsets for 100% of the unavoidable GHG emissions from transportation vehicles.
The production/management offices for the Tony Awards use 30% post-consumer recycled paper.
Radio City Music Hall provides extensive recycling backstage as well as for employees and guests. All trash is taken to a materials recovery facility where all recyclables are sorted out and recycled.
The production/management office is recycling all paper, bottles, caps, batteries, office supplies, pens, clips and re-using binders.
Radio City Music Hall has retrofitted their restrooms with low-flow toilets and flush meters. Restroom faucets are hands-free and the rooms feature post-consumer recycled content tissue products.
The Broadway Green Alliance provides information on Broadway’s green initiatives and tips for the public on its website and through text access. This information can be accessed by going to www.broadwaygreen.comor by texting BGA to 99222.
At the BGA, we recognize that it is impossible to be 100% “green” while continuing activity and – as there is no litmus test for green activity – we ask instead that our members commit to being greener and doing better each day. As climate change does not result from one large negative action, but rather from the cumulative effect of billions of small actions, progress comes from millions of us doing a bit better each day. To become a member of the Broadway Green Alliance we ask only that you commit to becoming greener, that you name a point person to be our liaison, and that you will tell us about your green-er journey.
The BGA is co-chaired by Susan Sampliner, Company Manager of the Broadway company of WICKED, and Charlie Deull, Executive Vice President at Clark Transfer<. Rebekah Sale is the BGA’s full-time Coordinator.
As the present becomes more fixed in the destructive-ideology of hyper-capitalism, this guide locates places in Southern California where other ideologies have reigned.Utopias of So.Cal. is a free printed map/guide to current and historic utopian communes, colonies, and intentional communities in Southern California. Sited in the guide are collectives founded on ecology, socialism, spirituality, free expression, queer liberation, and feminism. 23 current and historic lebenskunst sites ( a San Diego group committed to facilitating interplanetary dialogue, a LA based community founded on Chicana/o art and consciousness, and a Santa Barbara colony credited with inventing the hot tub and the Renaissance fair). In coordination with the release of this guide, Llano Del RIo is presenting a series of public events (May 28, June 25, July 23rd) in a tree house located by the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Utopias of So.Cal. contains reflections on the persistence of these colonies in our own utopian consciousness’ written by contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers; Sandra De La Loza, David Frantz, Janet Sarbanes, Mady Schutzman, Jodie Willie and the Women’s Center For Creative Work (WCCW). This guide, like all Llano Del Rio guides, is free and available to residents of LA county through the mail (send email@example.com your postal address) or around town (listed below). Utopias of So.Cal. was organized and written by the Llano Del Rio Collective with Erin Schneider, print design by Content Object.
Utopias Of So.Cal. Available Here (as soon as we get ‘em there)!
Ave. 50 Studios
Central Branch, LA Public Library
Echo Park Film Center
Erewhon Natural Foods
Golden Bridge Yoga
Highways Performance Space
Los Angeles Eco-Village
Mystic Journey Bookstore
One Life Natural Food Store
Santa Monica Museum Of Art
Self Help Graphics
Southern California Library For Social Justice
Thank You For Coming
The Public School
The Yoga Collective
Santa Monica City Public Library
Venice Beach Branch, La Public Library
Sounds For Another Tomorrow- a night of Utopian Music
Date Wednesday, June 25
Utopia, A Double Feature: Dear Comrade and The Source Family
Wednesday, July 23
Dear Comrade at 7:30
The Source Family at 9p
We seek your support to make Nomadic Arts Festival 2014: Between Wheat & Pine the best it can be!!
What is Nomadic Arts Festival?
Nomadic Arts Festival is an experimental festival focusing on diversity, connectivity and community, through performance work and creative expression. Its nomadic nature encourages mobility, both geographically and in its form. Therefore the festival changes shape and is set in a different location each year. Each cultural, social and ecological context of every festival site shape the creative and artistic theme of each festival – attempting to create a mobile community of sharing, creativity, research, exploration and fluidity.
This year the festival will take place in two locations in Poland: Warsaw and Charciabałda. The latter is more specifically an “off-grid” farm, in north-east Poland, located at an old wheat field, set between pine forests, of which the 2014 festival has taken its name and theme.
The festival at Charciabałda, will therefore be a two day intimate gathering, set ‘Between Wheat & Pine’ with focus on the proximity and relationship with the surrounding environment. It will be a small community with collective dinners, workshops, regional folk dance and performances from international artists, exploring the diversity of the theme ‘Body & Earth’
In Warsaw, Nomadic Arts Festival, in Collaboration with In Situ Foundation, Pracownia Zelazna will present a two day performance event, gathering performance and live art from the transnational communities of performance makers, across Poland. It will be two busy days with a wide range of experimental performances.
We have created this campaign to ask for your support to raise money and make Nomadic Arts Festival the best it can be. We need your help to reach our target of €2000 (and beyond!) in order to cover the last basic expenses of the festival:
-Transportation to and from Warsaw and the festival site
But we hope to raise more!
This is why:
The festival is run voluntarily and we have done our best to keep our costs as low as possible, yet we feel we have a responsibility towards the artists who are presenting work at the festival. So far we have only been able to cover their travel costs, which means that all the artists are working voluntarily, which warms our hearts, as it means that they believe in the ethos and ideas behind the festival. Though as an organisation we do feel committed to make the best attempt in supporting the artists, both artistically and financially. The money we raise during this campaign, which exceeds our target, will therefore go exclusively to the artists presenting work at the festival – divided equally between them.
Background and Ethos
‘the nomad is a […] intensive, multiple entity,
functioning in a net of interconnections […]
the site of multiple connections.’
-Rosi Braidotti (Nomadic Subject)
The festival has grown out of an ecological desire to use the realm of the arts for research, sharing and creativity, whereby to explore and draw focus to the specificities of local, cultural and geographical contexts. Similarly being nomadic by nature, the festival also puts an emphasis on creating intercultural and transnational communities. Focusing on sharing as a key ethos for learning, developing and exploring, the festival therefore aims to set up temporary communities throughout the world, where connections, relation and exchanges are facilitated.
The artists are the backbone of the festival and it is them who offers the opportunity for people to get together. Their sharing of research and explorations gives colours to the festival, but furthermore create a scope into the theme each festival presents, as a body of research of that theme, which will culminate in a documentation of the festival. So the festival both have an emphasis as an arts festival celebrating cultures, communities and the value of Live Art, but also functions as an exploration and research into themes, as an aim to shed new light on human and ecological conditions and issues of living in our contemporary world.
The practice of ecological art offers us tools, whether we are change agents, creative leaders or artists, to re-establish a sense of wholeness within our fragmented landscapes.
Join us for this dynamic week, combining art history and earth history, studio practice and field work, in which you will find new ways to respond to our ever-changing relationship with nature. Artists who have found their creative master in the natural world will serve as our models, from Leonardo Da Vinci to John James Audubon, to contemporary ecological artists such as Patricia Johanson and Andrew Goldsworthy.
The week will also feature visits from two award winning visual artists whose works are deeply rooted in the ecology of Devon: Peter Randall-Page and Susan Derges. The perspectives of these artists will inspire the processes we explore in the daily studio and field work. We will ground ourselves first with drawing, then explore three dimensions and time based work outdoors, fluidly moving between individual and collaborative exercises.
The week will conclude with a field trip to Dartmoor Arts, an intensive one week pop up art school in rural Devon.
Students with no art background are welcomed and encouraged.
Ana Flores is a sculptor and Ecological designer. Her sculptural and design work of the last two decades has been devoted to cultural narratives that help communities reconnect with their landscapes. Her sculptural work has been shown internationally and her outdoor installations and park designs have won many awards. Her project “Poetry of the Wild” has been travelling to communities throughout the U.S. for a decade, sparking inspired community engagement with land and art. Flores has also been an invited educator and artist in residence for many years at diverse institutions including Rhode Island School Design and Bryant University. At Rhode Island School of Design she was the co creator of Art as A Source of Healing, an award winning course with a practicum in community, engaging students in healthcare environments.
Peter studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art from 1973-1977. During the past 25 years he has gained an international reputation through his sculpture drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large-scale commissions and exhibited widely. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world including Japan, South Korea, Australia, , Turkey, Eire, Germany and the Netherlands. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.
His practice has always been informed and inspired by the study natural phenomena and its subjective impact on our emotions.
In recent years his work has become increasingly concerned with the underlying principles determining growth and the forms it produces. In his words “geometry is the theme on which nature plays her infinite variations, and can be seen as a kind of pattern book on which the most complex and sophisticated structures are based.”
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth in 1999, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from York St John University in 2009, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Exeter University in 2010, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Bath Spa University in 2013.
As a member of the design team for the Education Resource Centre (The Core) at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Peter influenced the overall design of the building incorporating an enormous granite sculpture (‘Seed’) at its heart. Visitwww.peterrandall-page.com
Susan Derges, is a photographic artist, specialising in camera-less photographic processes, most often working with natural landscapes. Much of her work revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the self and nature.
She endeavours to capture both visible and invisible scientific and natural processes – the physical appearance of sound, the evolution of frog-spawn or the reflection of the moon and stars on water. She is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines. Recently she has begun working in the studio combining analogue and digital techniques to create new forms and perspectives hitherto impossible to capture. Her practice reflects the work of the earliest pioneers of photography but is also contemporary in its experimentation and awareness of both conceptual and environmental issues.
Susan’s work is in the collection of museums around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Hara Art Museum, Tokyo. Visit www.susanderges.com/
Course fees include accommodation, food, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
If this course is booked with The Art of Invitation (4 – 8 August), a 10% discount will be applied to the combined fee.
To provisionally reserve a place for 5 days, email us your contact details and the name of the course firstname.lastname@example.org
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We will hold the place for five working days for reservations – three weeks before a course or earlier. After five days we will automatically offer your place to someone else if we have not received your application.
Save the date! Join us on June 21st from 5-11pm for the No.9 Eco-Art-Fest Opening Preview night at Todmorden Mills!
Eco-Art-Fest is an outdoor summer-long festival that – Promotes sustainability and environmental awareness – Provides hands-on artistic programming – Celebrates an active outdoor lifestyle – Presents 8 public artworks by Dean Baldwin, Nicole Dextras, John Dickson, Sean Martindale, Ferruccio Sardella, Penelope Stewart, Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes).
The festival runs until September 21st, Wednesday to Sunday.
We, the undersigned organisations active in the field of culture and development:
Understanding the concept of development to comprise
human development: the pursuit of the full potential of citizens with physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, psychological and cultural dimensions
social development: the building and sustaining of structures, policies and strategies that facilitate and enhance the pursuit of human development, social cohesion and participatory governance
economic development: the creation of wealth and generation of economic resources that can help drive human and social development
Convinced of the unsustainability of
human development without fundamental rights and freedoms and respect for cultural diversity
social development without social justice
economic development that exacerbates inequality and depletes natural resources
Observing that the cultural dimensions of development are too often ignored to the detriment of the achievement of sustainable development – human, social and economic
culture – understood as an ensemble of values, traditions, tangible and intangible heritage, religious beliefs, worldviews and the expressions of culture in ways of living – can facilitate the achievement of development goals
development – premised on values, worldviews, ideological beliefs, vision etc – is itself an act of culture that impacts, benevolently or adversely, on the culture of its intended beneficiaries
conflicts rooted in economic and power disparities may be fueled by the exploitation of cultural differences, with such conflicts impacting negatively on development through the destruction of infrastructure, social cohesion and human life and the flight of people with expertise
strong cultural organizations and participation can play a key role in preventing conflict by promoting dialogue and a diversity of cultural expressions
development means participation in the cultural life of the community and access to the arts as fundamental human rights asserted in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights
as the fourth dimension of sustainable development, culture is as essential as the economic, social and environmental dimensions; and therefore, the safeguarding of heritage, diversity, creativity and the transmission of knowledge are integral to sustainable development
human development thrives on creativity, creative expression, the arts and cultural heritage as means of emotional and psychological catharsis, intellectual stimulation and the exploration, celebration and transformation of the human condition within given circumstances
social development requires creativity, a diversity of creative expressions, the arts and cultural heritage as means of education, social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and the building of national identity
economic development will benefit from capacity building and investment in all aspects of the value chain of the arts, creative industries, and tangible and intangible cultural heritage, by in turn creating jobs and generating income
Recalling the many United Nations resolutions, international declarations and instruments on culture and sustainable development, as well as the substantial evidence, gathered during the last two decades, of the positive role of culture in development.
Convinced that culture is both a driver and enabler of development and should therefore be integral to Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals based on
A vision of the future anchored in human rights and universally accepted values and principles, including those embodied in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and the Millennium Declaration;
A focus on issues with the greatest impact on sustainable development and a set of concise goals and targets aimed at realizing the priorities of the agenda;
A global partnership for development to mobilize implementation and a participatory monitoring framework for tracking progress and mutual accountability mechanisms for all stakeholders.
Call on governments and policymakers defining the post-2015 UN Development Agenda to ensure that targets and indicators on culture be included as part of the Sustainable Development Goals
in particular (but not limited to) those related to
Sustainable cities and human settlements
Peaceful and non-violent societies
Ecosystems and biodiversity
Commit to work together and with international, regional, national and local partners to achieve development policies and strategies that recognize and integrate effectively with the cultural dimensions of development
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International networks promoting the campaign to include culture in the Sustainable Development Goals
IFACCA – International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies
Agenda 21 for culture – UCLG’s Committee on Culture
IFCCD – International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
Culture Action Europe
IMC – International Music Council
ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites
To support this campaign please urgently:
Visit and sign this Declaration either as an organisation or as an individual
Circulate this Declaration to your networks and spread the word.
Why is this important?
Global expenditure on development over the next 15 years will be defined by the final goal document to be agreed by UN Member States in coming months. If culture is not mentioned, it will be extremely difficult for countries to elaborate policies and provide funds for projects that rely on culture’s role as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development.
UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/owg.html holds working sessions to draft a list of goals, targets and indicators. ulture is again almost absent. The OWG’s draft of the SDGs will be finalized in July 2014.
Please act now and help raise awareness of the UN’s Member States of culture’s vital contribution to sustainable development.
Calling all creative and cultural SMEs and Micro Businesses in the East of England – join Culture Change for a free, practical workshop. Get support on building an action plan to take your first steps in ‘going green’.
The four-hour session will cover:
The environmental impacts associated with creative and cultural work
Inspiring case studies of environmental best practice
Access to tools and resources that support environmental sustainability
Training on how to measure your carbon footprint
Identifying opportunities to save money as well as reduce your carbon emissions
How to develop an environmental action plan for your business which is relevant and achievable
There will also be networking opportunities to connect with a UK-wide community of creative businesses, acting together to become greener, and access to ongoing support through the Culture Change programme.
The workshop will be facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle
Julie’s Bicycle is an environmental charity working with over 1,000 creative businesses, both UK-based and international, to go green using the latest tools and resources to support action and sustainable business growth.
Please note: this workshop is only available to businesses registered in the East of England, including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Places are limited so early booking is recommended.
Julie’s Bicycle will be holding an event that will look at how the literature sector is responding to environmental challenges. The event will create ambitious goals and address how the sector can lead on environmental innovation. The free, half-day event will take place from 10:30am – 2pm on Wednesday 25th June at Free Word, London. It is open to all literature organisations, publishers, development agencies, associations, venues and writers interested in shaping the role of literature in creating change.
Informative speakers and workshops will share best practice, resources, and opportunities to collectively reimagine a literature sector that’s fit for the future. Julie’s Bicycle will highlight examples of best practice in the industry and share results from D&AD’s annual audit.
Speakers include Andy Fryers, Director of Hay on Earth and Peter Hughes, Chair of the Publishers’ Action Group. Attendees will be invited to sign up to a workshop, based around the following topics:
*Publishing & Digital – with Peter Hughes, Chair of the Publishers’ Environmental Action Group.
*Sustainable Buildings – with Nick Murza, Director of Operations at Arvon.
Attendees have the chance of signing up to a taster session of ‘Paper Jam!’delivered by Calverts, specialists in the production of sustainable commercial print. The session will start at 2.30pm (1 hour), if you would like to book a place email Rachel@juliesbicycle.com.