Monthly Archives: July 2015

Fringe Sustainable Practice Award longlist is revealed | Edinburgh Festival

The longlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2015 has just been announced. The award recognises the shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that do the most to raise the audience’s awareness of, and responsibility for, their own environmental impact, and is run by the Los Angeles-based Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland.

The winning show is announced on the final Friday of the Fringe. Last year’s winners were The HandleBards, for their innovative bike-powered approach to performing Shakespeare, and in 2015 they’ve been nominated once again.

The 2015 longlist includes:

The Braw Buoys: A Cinema in South Georgia
Kompanie Greg McLaren: Atomkraft
CalArts Festival Theater: Bayou Blues
Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum: Calton Hill Geology Walk
FellSwoop Theatre: Current Location
Old Deerfield Productions: Frankenstein
Asylon Theatre: Fraxi Queen of the Forest
Lucy Grace: Garden
Martin Kiszko: Green Poems for a Blue Planet
Paines Plough: Lungs
3Bugs Fringe Theatre: Maiden – A Recycled Fairy Tale
Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative: Ndebele Funeral
Tropism: Photosynthesis
Citizens Theatre: Scarfed for Life
The Vaults: Sing For Your Life
Tim Spooner: The Assembly of Animals
Peculius: The HandleBards – Secret Shakespeare
Rust and Stardust: The Wild Man of Orford
Niamh Shaw: To Space
2Magpies Theatre: Ventoux
Emma Hall: We May Have To Choose

The winner is announced at Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, at 4pm on Fri 28 Aug.

Source: Fringe Sustainable Practice Award longlist is revealed | Edinburgh Festival

Opportunity: Open Call for Biodiversity/Extinction Exhibition

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

This opportunity is from Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. with a deadline of 23rd August 2015–

INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL:

“SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: Biodiversity/Extinction”
the 17th international art-sci juried exhibition
organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI)
October 10, 2015 – February 28, 2016
at the New York Hall of Science

Today we are learning the importance of the conservation of Earth’s biodiversity for more than its innate beauty, capacity to inspire art, and to lift our spirits. It is acknowledged by scientists and even governments around the world, as the key indicator of the health of our planet’s ecosystems. And, a rich biodiversity underpins ecosystem “services” (such as recycling of nutrients, purifying water, removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen to our atmosphere, and sustaining habitat for animals and organisms like trees, and seeds that produce food), all essential for human sustainability on our beautiful planet.

This exhibition will demonstrate the wide diversity of visual tropes that today’s artists are employing to reflect upon the crisis of biodiversity loss and species extinction. We are seeking 2D images of original art executed in any media.

OUR DISINGUISHED CO-CURORS:
Elizabeth Corr, the Manager of Art Partnerships at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Dr. Paula J. Ehrlich, the President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

For more information, please visit ASCI’s website.
DEADLINE:  August 23, 2015


Image: Willem Boshoff’s Garden of Words III, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons/Kyknoord

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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Something from Nothing – Elyssia’s Otesha Journey

5d76e8e8938c031446800a8a62f681b7Friend of the CSPA Elyssia Sasaki is setting off on an Otesha Performing and Cycling Tour this fall — pedaling about 1500 kilometres and using theatre to spark dialogue about sustainable living. This project will provide intersection between her love of theatre and desire to see it as a sustainable practice. Her team will work to empower ourselves and more than 3000 young Canadians about how we can all be the change we wish to see in the world!

She has an appeal for support: To reach my fundraising goals, I have begun “something from nothing.” This is an attempt to take my overburderned craft drawer, full of buttons, yarn, fabric, and fabulousness, and turn these odds and ends into something new made just for you!! In my gallery, you will find an assortment of images. Drop me a donation, and I’ll send something handmade and totally unique your way!  Contact her at elyssia.sasaki@gmail.com to offer your support or CLICK HERE. If you can’t donate, then share share share this campaign!

 

About the Otesha Project

The Otesha Project is a national youth-led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage and empower Canadians of all ages to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world.

Everyday, the choices we make can and do impact other people and the planet. Our actions have tremendous potential to create positive change. By building community, engaging as citizens, being conscientious consumers and using resources wisely, we can create the kind of world we’d like to live in.

A Sustainability Focused Theatre Group – On bicycle!   

The Otesha Project organizes and trains teams of cycling performers that tour for 2 months, travelling a section of Canada by bicycle and delivering Otesha’s unique brand of empowering theatre en route in elementary schools, secondary schools, community venues and university and college campuses.

Cycling Through Change is our interactive, documentary-style theatre piece that follows three young people as they grapple with “being the change they want to see in the world”, each in their own way (Gandhi).

The comedic cast of high-energy performers use their own bodies as props to create a hilarious take on serious environmental and social justice issues that gets audiences talking and laughing.

The performers involve the audience in creating everyday solutions to global issues, and people leave the 45 minute performance inspired to act on their ideas.

Geared for audiences 12-18 years old, but guaranteed to start conversation among elementary students and older folks as well.

Opportunity: Call for Consultants to Calgary Public Art Program

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

This opportunity comes from the City of Calgary (Canada) with a deadline of August 12, 2015 at 4 p.m. MST–

The City of Calgary Public Art Program, in conjunction with the Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Department, is seeking proposals from consultants to develop a second phase of the groundbreaking 2007 UEP ‘Public Art Plan for the Expressive Potential of Utility Infrastructure’.

Over the past eight years, this Public Art Plan has fostered innovative and award-winning public art projects – both permanent and temporary – and commissioned artists locally, nationally and internationally to engage the community on the broad theme of the watershed which underlies many of UEP’s core services; drinking water, wastewater treatment, drainage and the protection of public health and the environment. The Plan has provided The City and Calgarians with an opportunity to celebrate our relationship with the rivers that define us and to participate in the preservation and stewardship of our watersheds – both natural and man-made.

With the majority of projects complete or underway there is an opportunity to build upon the outstanding success of the original Plan and expand the scope to support the goals of Waste and Recycling Services and Environment and Safety Management, as well as draw attention to our shared responsibility to conserve and protect our environment.

Phase II will foster a diverse range of public art opportunities that allow for artists to be involved in ways that are responsive and contextually relevant – and continue to position The City of Calgary as a leader in public art and municipal environmental protection.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of our city and transform the way Calgarians and visitors see, think and experience the environment around them. Visit calgary.merx.com and download the Request for Proposals (search RFP # 15-1536).

Call closes on August 12, 2015 at 4 p.m. MST. Submissions must be submitted electronically.

For questions, please contact dean.scott@calgary.ca and reference RFP # (15- 1536)

For further information, please contact dean.scott@calgary.ca (dean.scott@calgary.ca), or visit http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Public-Art/UEP-Public-Art-plan.aspx


Image: Calgary Water Centre, via Flickr Creative Commons/JMacPherson

 

The post Opportunity: Call for Consultants to Calgary Public Art Program appeared first on Creative Carbon 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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call | Valuing Nature Network

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland

Reposted from the Valuing Nature blog (Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call | Valuing Nature Network)

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) is inviting proposals that address the issues and opportunities around green infrastructure (GI) in the planning and investment decisions that are made by local policymakers, local planners and organisations responsible for developing the built environment (construction, house builders, developers).

Project proposals submitted in this current round (deadline Thursday 22 October 2015) are expected to start by 1 January 2016 and to last for up to two years. A maximum of £125k (£100k at 80% FEC) may be requested. Smaller, targeted activities of three months upwards are also welcome and NERC anticipates seeing a range of requests within the £125k limit, reflecting the range of potential projects and activities.

Full details can be found on the NERC website

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.

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ARTCOP21 FESTIVAL FOR CLIMATE

With ArtCOP21 Festival on the Banks of the Seine in Paris, COAL offers citizen participation weekends in the great debate of COP21 through artists’ interventions on issues of climate.

Climate change is everyone’s business. In this year 2015, the Parisian atmosphere is particularly sensitive to this issue with the preparation for the COP21 to be held at Le Bourget from 30 November to 11 December.

Without citizen involvement, negotiations that will take place at the end of the year can not succeed. This is why the Festival for Climate, first highlight ofArtCOP21 , was born. Designed as an exchange device, it is animated by artists but told citizens to make Berges de Seine, track history and sustained communication in essence, a space for dialogue, advocacy and mobilization around climate.

At the time of the sharing economy and the reappropriation of public space, come and share the creative energies that exist today in Île-de-France around the COP21: leave a video message to COP21 negotiators through COPBox ; exchange on What remains with performance artist Thierry Boutonnier and HEROICA Pig Farm of Happiness; immerse yourself in the Amazon rainforest of Rodolphe Alexis and climate landscape Kisseleva ; ask the climate vocabulary with Nathalie Blanc and David Christoffel , co-build a work for the COP21 with Waste arts ; learn about the COP21 with the Parisian Agency for Climate and finally take position with #OccupyHope , monumental collective Ya + K and followed by a Line up with the inspired sound system mobile Never Chill Out Van Bellastock !

Go to the banks on 11 and 12 July from 11h to 22h
More information www.projetcoal.fr and www.artcop21.com

IN THE PROGRAM

COPBOX
Leave a video message to COP21 negotiators through COPBox
From 11 July to 27 August / Monday to Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 12H / 12H 21:30 Friday / Saturday from 10 am to 21:30 / Sunday 10 am to 7:30 p.m.

WHAT WE STILL
 Exchange on “What remains” with the performer and artist Thierry Boutonnier HEROICA pig 
July 11 and 12 from 11am to 17h

PARALLEL LINES
Immerse yourself in the sound shower “Parallel Lines” 
on July 11 from 10h to 22h / 12 July from 10h to 16h and 18h to 22h

BRIEFS CLIMATE
Experience the words climate with “climate Memory»
July 11 and 12 from 14h to 17h

WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
Co-build works for the COP21 – Children Workshop
July 12 from 14h to 17h

CLIMATE IN GAMES
Ask about the COP21 with Parisian Climate Agency
July 11 and 12 from 14h to 17h

Art + COP21? 
July 11 from 17h to 18h30

INTERCONNECTED CLIMATE
July 12 from 16h to 18h

#OccupyHope
Take #OccupyHope position with the installation of the collective Ya + K. 
11 July from 14h to 17h

516 Arts – HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts

516 ARTS is organizing a collaborative season of public programming in the fall of 2015 that explores climate change through the arts to create a platform for education and dialogue. The public programs for HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts will include: a series of exhibitions at 516 ARTS; the popular Downtown Block Party; special events with guest speakers; film screenings; and youth programs.

Climate change is an urgent issue of both global and local concern. The Southwest can be considered one of the most “climate-challenged” regions of North America, with rising annual temperature averages, declining water supplies, and reduced agricultural yields. In New Mexico we’ve already seen destabilized and unpredictable weather patterns, water sources going dry, forests not recovering from fire, loss of urban trees, and crop failures. Public programs for HABITAT strive to raise awareness about these issues by taking an innovative approach to engaging with social and environmental change, and by bringing the community together to focus on sustainability.

DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY:
Interactive Art Projects, food, music and fun for the whole family!

516 ARTS presents its third Downtown Block Party on Saturday, September 12, 2015 on Central Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets Downtown, which expands the gallery programs into the street.  This year, the event is presented in partnership with the Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Initiative in celebration of the Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District.  It highlights outdoor artworks and projects that address alternative energy, food issues, and land and water use in the future, all with a focus on positive solutions and dialogue.  For example, GhostFood by Miriam Simun, is a performance and interactive/participatory event that explores eating in a future of biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. The GhostFood mobile food trailer serves scent-food paintings that are consumed by the public using a wearable device that adapts human physiology to enable taste experiences of unavailable foods.  Little Sun Pop-Up Shop, by artist Olafur Eliasson (Berlin, Germany) and engineer Frederik Ottesen (Copenhagen, Denmark), showcases an attractive, high-quality solar-powered LED lamp they have developed, which serves as a social business focused on getting clean, reliable, affordable light to the 1.2 billion people worldwide without access to electricity.  For The Future of Energyby Andrea Polli and students, the public is invited to engage with local energy issues using an app to find and create potential, and to see what they are generating in real time through visualization tools.

EXHIBITIONS AT 516 ARTS:

Knew Normal and Off the ChartsAugust 29 – October 31, 2015

516 ARTS presents concurrent exhibitions focused on navigating changing environments.  Knew Normal,curated by Nancy Zastudil, features paintings, drawings and photography and small props that bear witness to the effects of climate change on our environments, bodies and psyches.  Artists include: Gala Bent, Nick Brown, Mel Chin, Adriane Colburn, Naomi Kizhner, Lee Lee, Wendy Mason, Nina Montenegro, Ryan Pierce, Dario Robleto, Miriam Simun and Cedra Wood.  Off the Charts,curated by Rhiannon Mercer and Claude Smith, explores the visual language that artists use to document, process, map and manipulate a better understanding of the ever-evolving world we inhabit.  Artists include: Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet, Anne Gilman, Jerry Gretzinger, Mary Iverson, Bethany Johnson, Jane Lackey, Mitchell Marti, Nathalie Miebach, James Sterling Pitt, Ross Racine, Matthew Rangell and Alexander Webb.

Scott GreeneBewildernessand Beau Carey: RiseNovember 21, 2015 – January 9, 2016

516 ARTS spotlights two of Albuquerque’s most prolific painters with concurrent solo exhibitions exploring contemporary changes in the landscape from human activity while referencing the rich history of classical and 19th century American Landscape painting.  Scott Greene: Bewildernesssuggests a place existing beyond imagination, myth and reality where awe-inspiring pristine wilderness endures side by side with the idea of nature as something to be controlled and exploited.  Beau Carey: Risereferences navigational coastal profiling and compositional structures of the 19th century American landscape painters to examine how modern landscapes came to be spatially constructed.  Rooted in globalism and environmental dominance, these paintings look at how we will navigate and view a rapidly changing physical world.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

516 ARTS will present a series of speakers to address the issues around climate change from both the science and art perspectives.  Speakers include renowned artist Mel Chin, who is currently working on a project about developing a solar economy in the Western Sahara (September 10, 5>30pm, presented in partnership with UNM College of Fine Arts); and Ruben Arvizu who, together with Jean-Michel Cousteau, was named Ambassador of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate and serves as Director for Latin America with the Cousteau Society (November 12, 5:30pm, presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center).

YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAMS:

516 ARTS is offering STEM+Arts workshops with artists Abbey Hepner and Rubén Olguin at local schools in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, STEMarts Lab and The Paseo.  We will also host student groups at 516 ARTS for exhibition tours, discussions and hands-on activities throughout the fall.

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PROGRAM PARTNERS INCLUDE:

516 ARTS
ABQ UNM CityLab
Albuquerque Public Schools
AmeriCorps VISTA
Central Features
CyQloVíA
Civic Plaza Presents
Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet Initiative
Downtown Grower’s Market
Explora
National Hispanic Cultural Center
The Paseo
STEMArts Lab
University of New Mexico:
Art & Ecology
Center for Advanced Research Computing
College of Fine Arts
Creative Writing Program
Landscape Architecture

SPONSORS INCLUDE:

The Albuquerque Journal
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Bernalillo County Community Events
Conservation Voters New Mexico/Juntos
Levitated Toy Factory
Mid-Region Council of Governments
Positive Energy Solar
Union of Concerned Scientists
University of New Mexico
College of Fine Arts
School of Engineering
Office of Research/Provost

FUNDERS INCLUDE:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Bernalillo County Community Events
The City of Albuquerque:
Mayor Richard R. Berry, City Council
& Urban Enhancement Trust Fun
The FUNd of ABQ Community Foundation
McCune Charitable Foundation
New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of
Cultural Affairs, with the National Endowment for the Arts

Click to download the current PREVIEW PRESS RELEASE (pdf)
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Image: EVII from Jerry’s Map by Jerry Gretzinger, Still from Chasing Ice by James Balog

OPEN CAAL: 2015 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST WORKSHOP IN GHANA

What would happen if you bring together artists from different cultures to interact and create works through use of materials from the environment?” Why not join us and find out?

DATE: September 9 – 30, 2015
VENUE: Abetenim Arts Village near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana

Nka Foundation invites arts practitioners from around the world for the 2015 International Artist Workshop at Abetenim Arts Village in Ghana. Practitioners in the visual arts, building arts, literary arts, performing arts, design and film/new media are all welcome to participate. We will immerse ourselves in the local environment and create site-specific works through use of earth and other materials from the environment. Our rural arts village provides the participant with time and space away from the everyday stresses of city/studio life to focus and investigate own practice, creating the possibility for discovery, collaboration and growth. The arts village has an openair theatre, workspaces and guest houses for your accommodation. Most evenings will be used for reviewing workshop progress along with artist lectures, impromptu performances and presentations by workshop participants. By alternating work and dialogues, we anticipate cross fertilization of ideas. Join us!

COST: Food and accommodation 120€/week (flight costs are not included).
CONTACT: www.nkafoundation.org / info@nkafoundation.org for application form. Proposals will be reviewed until spots are filled

More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/823496571053336/

 

Julie’s Bicycle Now Recruiting: Programme Coordinator

From Julie’s Bicycle:

This is an exciting time for Julie’s Bicycle, as we embark on an ambitious nation-wide programme to raise the profile and impact of cultural leadership on climate change and environmental issues over the next few years. We are looking for an exceptional person with ambition, love of the arts and culture, creative flair and commitment to environmental sustainability to join a thriving team at the heart of the cultural response to environmental sustainability.

The Programme Coordinator will be an important member of the Arts Team, focused on delivery. The role will be involved with coordinating our annual programme of events and workshops, developing resources for the Julie’s Bicycle website, writing case studies and website content, and supporting the delivery of consultancy projects designed to increase engagement in environmental best practice across the music, festivals, theatre, dance, visual arts, museums, literature, and other creative and cultural communities.

Download the full job description here or by clicking the link below.

Terms and conditions

Contract: Full time, fixed term until September 2016
Salary: £24,000 (pro rata) depending on experience
Location: London

Applications

Send a CV and cover letter to sophie@juliesbicycle.com by 9am, Monday 10th August 2015. Please direct any enquiries to Sophie at the email above or 020 8746 0400.

Interviews will take place the week commencing 17th August 2015.

Julie’s Bicycle is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Exciting volunteer opportunity at Edinburgh MELA

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Are you interested in the green side of festivals? Want to see world-class music and dance whilst making a difference? Then this opportunity is for you!

The Edinburgh MELA (Sat 29th & Sun 30th August 2015) – Scotland’s biggest and best festival of world music and dance – is actively seeking volunteers for their Green Team. Your role will be helping with the recycling at the MELA by encouraging festival-goers to recycle properly and by being on hand to answer any eco-questions that they might have.

As a volunteer you will receive:

  • A full day of volunteer training
  • A hot and tasty meal per shift (plus refreshments from the hospitality area)
  • Free tickets for the entire festival
  • A limited edition MELA t-shirt
  • A reference (upon request) once you’ve successfully completed your volunteer post.

Applications are now open so be sure to get yours in!

Click here for more information on how to apply.

Deadline for applications: Early August 2015

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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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