Yearly Archives: 2016

Save the Date: 51 Shades of Green

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

51 Shades of Green: Action in the Arts will take place on Thursday 27th October 2016, returning to the Pearce Institute in Glasgow for a full day of discussion around the key actions the arts sector is making to reduce its environmental impact.

Last years conference (50 Shades of Green: Stories of Sustainability in the Arts Sector) saw attendees from across the arts sharing their experiences, inventions and approaches to carbon emissions reporting and engaging others with environmental sustainability. This year we’re matching the sharing of best practice with a focus on taking the next step towards carbon reduction, and building the momentum towards action in the arts.

Whether you’re a Green Arts Initiative member, a Regularly Funded Organisation working towards Creative Scotland’s ‘Environment’ Connecting Theme, an arts venue keen to find out what your peers are doing, an arts company who has been working on sustainability for years, or just coming to sustainability in the sector for the first time, there will be something for you!

To register your interest (and be the first to hear when tickets become available), enter your details and ideas here: Save the Date: 51 Shades of Green

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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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COAL PRIZE 2016 – Call for entries

DEADLINE – September 11, 2016

The COAL Prize will reveal the wealth of responses provided by artists to current environmental issues and will encourage the emergence of a new culture concerning nature and sustainability. The global ecological crisis, in the form of climate change, loss of biodiversity, depletion of resources, and various forms of pollution, is above all a cultural challenge that is determined by our individual and collective behaviour.

The COAL Prize is open to artists from all over the world who deploy their creativity to devise and experiment with solutions and bear witness to the transformation of territories, lifestyles, organizations, and means of production, while making a contribution to the process themselves. Together they are participating in building a new collective narrative, a new world of imagination, an evolving shared heritage, a positive framework that is optimistic and essential for everyone to find the motivation to implement the necessary changes towards a more sustainable world.

The COAL Prize, created in 2010 by the COAL Art and Ecology Association, aims to present to the general public and political figures other ways of understanding the complexity of climate and other environmental challenges through a multiplicity of views and creative alternatives. Every year the COAL Prize highlights ten projects by artists working on environmental issues in the field of visual arts. They are selected through an international call for projects. One of them is awarded the COAL Prize by a jury of personalities from the domains of art and ecology.

Organized under the patronage of Madame Ségolène Royal, the COAL Prize 2016 will be awarded during a ceremony organized in Paris in October, with the support of the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the European Union and the Imagine2020 network, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and the François Sommer Foundation.

Stage Left Productions, Third Way Theatre and Chromatic Theatre invite diverse agents of change to join us in an innovative, 6-day training intensive in arts-based equity intervention.

August 1 – 6, 2016 – Calgary, AB Canada

$350 thereafter (sliding scale & barters are available)

The IN-Justice Equity Training Intensive offers a rare and dynamic opportunity to recharge our passions, increase our capacity and strengthen our resolve.

  • This one-time only, open registration intensive…

    Immerses participants in Theatre of the Oppressed methods, as a unique form of embodied learning and sharing – one that equalizes the power imbalances that often stymie cross-cultural collaboration.

  • Introduces a foundational equity framework that centers the bottom-up, earned knowledge of diverse peoples, results in a shared vocabulary and analysis, and offers up practical tools for confronting inequity.
  • Provides accessible, step-by-step instruction in many Theatre of the Oppressed methods, including Image & Forum Theatre, Cops in the Head and Rainbow of Desire.
  • Offers-up many practical applications on how to integrate Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and anti-oppressive practice into social justice initiatives.
  • Attends to internal and external oppressions, as well as individual agency and structural-level interventions.
  • Equips diverse agents of change to engage in intercultural solidarity, develop shared interests, and make collective impact.

For more information and to register, please visit:

This IN-Justice Equity Training is part of The Arts ExCHANGE Project. Arts ExCHANGE is a unique, cross-continental collaboration between Stage Left Productions (Canada) and Third Way Theatre (Australia): Two renown Theatre of the Oppressed companies founded and led by diverse women – who invite daring agents of change to go beyond the social justice status quo.

The Calgary intensive is proudly hosted The Calgary Congress for Equity & Diversity in the Arts and The University of Calgary’s School for Creative and Performing Arts.

We thank the Canada Council’s Equity Office and Calgary Arts Development for their support.

Yours in solidarity,
founder & Artistic Director
Stage Left Productions

Fit for the Future Building a resilient, environmentally sustainable cultural estate

Weds 21st Sept, 11.00 – 18.00
Lyric Hammersmith, London
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Our cultural buildings are more than inanimate walls: they shape the performances they house and the experiences of their visitors, physically transmit values, and become symbols of their time and community.

Join us at Fit for the Future to explore the environmental sustainability of your buildings – the day will focus on capital projects and the opportunities and challenges of climate change adaptation and mitigation for buildings, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, heritage conservation, innovative design approaches and team engagement.Taking place at the recently redeveloped Lyric Hammersmith, the day includes a tour of the building and is being held in association with Fit for the Future Network.
Image courtesy Lyric Hammersmith. Photo: Jim Stephenson.

Book Your Free Place

The day will offer:

  • inspiring panels featuring leading sustainability practitioners
  • networking and peer-to-peer learning
  • in-depth and diverse case studies with those who have worked on capital (re)development projects
  • break out sessions on energy efficiency, large-scale refurbishment and new venue design, and financing models and opportunities for greener buildings

The full event agenda will be announced soon.

This event is for strategic decision makers, CEOs, executives, facilities managers, heads of operations, and anyone responsible for the upkeep, operation, design, and/or refurbishment of cultural and heritage buildings; as well as funders of capital works.

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The Australian Earth Laws Alliance Announces RONA16, a networked event for Australian Creatives.

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) will be hosting the first Australian Rights of Nature Tribunal in Brisbane on 22nd October 2016. To support this landmark event, AELA Earth Arts have launched RONA16, a network of creative events around the country during September and October, and an open invitation for everyone to participate and join the   celebrations.

Earth Arts is the creative branch of AELA, with its own dedicated team of arts and legal professionals, who deliver research and events that explicitly connect the philosophies and practice between the arts, environment and governance. Each year, Earth Arts focuses their work on a specific program, in 2016 its RONA16 focusing on the Rights of  Nature.

What are the Rights of  Nature?

Modern industrialised societies treat the natural world as if it is merely human property  and can be bought, sold and destroyed at our whim. This lack of respect for the ecosystems that sustain all life is one of the root causes of the ecological crisis we face today. The Rights of Nature movement advocates for recognising in law, that the natural world or ‘Earth community’ is sacred and has the right to exist, thrive and regenerate its vital cycles, and we – the people – have the legal authority to protect these rights on behalf of the Earth community.

The Rights of Nature Tribunal will hear cases presented by citizens and Earth lawyers concerned about the destruction of ecosystems in Australia. It will also be a celebration of the incredible natural world of which we are a part. To support the Tribunal and promote cultural engagement with this emerging movement, RONA16 will showcase events that blend creative re- interpretations of environmental governance with cultural responses to the rights of the natural world to flourish. There are two opportunities to get involved: attend the curated exhibition and event series in Brisbane this October; or host your own event (art  exhibition,  performance, creative conversation) and join a network of RONA16 events happening across Australia – for full details visit

RONA16 is a nation-wide invitation for artists, galleries, groups and organisations, to exhibit your creative and cultural responses to the rights of the natural  world.

All inquiries to RONA16 Assistant National Coordinator, AELA  Earth  Arts: