Craft Scotland will use their annual conference today to announce the launch The Green Craft Initiative, a new project run with Creative Carbon Scotland to celebrate and encourage more environmentally sustainable practices in Scotland’s craft sector.
The Green Crafts Initiative is a sister project to the Green Arts Initiative – a nationwide accreditation scheme designed to provide Scotland-based artists and arts organisations with the advice, support and tools they need to become greener and let audiences and the public know what they are doing.
The Green Arts Initiative currently works with over 60 arts organisations of all shapes and sizes to keep track of and reduce resource use including energy, water, waste and travel. This year has seen new and returning members including the twelve major Edinburgh Festivals, Craft Scotland, Spring Fling and Fife Contemporary Arts and Crafts all participating and finding innovative ways of putting sustainability at the heart of their operations without any detriment to artistic quality or audience satisfaction. The initiative actively encourages members to share their green work with audiences and harness their creativity, imagination and influence to help build a more environmentally sustainable Scotland.
Creative Carbon Scotland Director Ben Twist sees the imagination of the Scotland’s arts and crafts as an essential ingredient in our shift towards a more sustainable society, celebrating its “unique ability to imagine and experiment with alternative futures, question the status quo, see the world differently and explore the future with audiences”.
Fiona Logue, Director of Craft Scotland said: “It is not enough for Craft Scotland just to monitor and manage our own environmental impact. While many makers already work to reduce their carbon footprint we have a responsibility to engage fully the craft sector and provide guidance and support. This new partnership with Creative Carbon Scotland will allow us to do that.”
Over the coming months Creative Carbon Scotland and Craft Scotland will be inviting crafts practitioners and organisations to sign up to the initiative and make the most of the support to hand including training workshops and seminars tailored to the crafts sector, one to one advice and extensive online resources available through the Green Arts Portal.
To find out more about the initiative and to sign up please click here.
Notes to Editors:
More information on Creative Carbon Scotland can be found at www.creativecarbonscotland.com or alternatively by contacting Gemma Lawrence at gemma.lawrence@creativecarbonscotland or on 0131 529 7909.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Reg Charity No. SCO24687) initiated by the Edinburgh Festivals, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Scottish Contemporary Art Network and supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.
Creative Carbon Scotland was formed in 2011 to work across the arts and culture in Scotland, aiming to get the sector thinking about climate change and environmental sustainability, harnessing its influence with its large audiences to change public attitudes and opinion and running itself as sustainably as possible. CCS provides training, advice and practical support to arts and cultural organisations throughout Scotland.
Craft Scotland is the national agency for craft. It works to unite, inspire and champion craft through creating opportunities for makers in Scotland to practice, exhibit, sell and promote their craft and for audiences to see, purchase and learn about craft. It lobbies for craft as an essential and integral part of our cultural, economic and social life and works in partnership with other like-minded agencies. It is a central point of information about craft in Scotland and identifies and creates new activities to build awareness and understanding of craft. It is a charity (SC039491) supported by Creative Scotland.
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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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