The inaugural meeting took place at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands. By bringing the project’s international partners together, this meeting allowed for collaborations and connections to be forged between like-minded organisations looking at the myriad possibilities for artists working within the context of sustainability.
Discussions began with keynote speaker Catherine Langabeer of Julie’s Bicycle introducing JB’s work, moving onwards to a “wishes and challenges” brainstorming session, along with project presentations by all of the GALA partners. Projects that GALA partners are involved with range from an artists’ lab treehouse in rural Abruzzo to an online platform that connects the artists’ networks of Europe and Asia.
Though this meeting took place nearly two years ago, the linkages and ideas formed around this network have come to play a critical role in the development of arts and sustainability projects across the world. With the final GALA meeting coming to Glasgow in March 2015, it’s imperative to reflect on the progress that has been made through the opportunities presented by GALA.
More information and full details about this first meeting can be read on the TransArtists website.
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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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