Emma Nicolson joins the Creative Carbon Scotland board

Creative Carbon Scotland welcomes Emma Nicolson, head of creative programmes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RGBE), as the trustee nominated by founding member organisation, the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN).

Emma Nicolson has replaced outgoing board member, Clare Harris, as SCAN’s nominated trustee, taking up the role in February 2021. Ms Harris, who stepped down from her post as the network’s director in late 2020, made the nomination, which was endorsed by the incoming SCAN Director Moira Jeffrey and accepted enthusiastically by the trustees.

Ms Nicolson has been actively involved in the visual arts for more than 20 years and has worked with cultural organisations in Scotland, Ireland, England and Australia. Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art the diverse range of her work is remarkable; from delivering large-scale commissions, exhibitions and music and performance programmes to completing an MA in the Educational Role of Museums and founding the award-winning ATLAS Arts based on the Isle of Skye. Most recently she launched Climate House at RGBE and formed a collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries as well as embarking on PhD at the University of Dundee. Her previous board experience includes the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow) and the Scottish Contemporary Art Network.

On her appointment as trustee for the organisation, Emma Nicolson commented: “I am thrilled to be joining the Board of CCS at this time and to contribute the voice of the visual arts community in Scotland to their work. Since 2011 Creative Carbon Scotland has been leading the way in helping cultural institutions address issues around sustainable futures, climate change and climate justice in Scotland. Now more than ever we need to recognise the important role the arts have to play in aiding the culture shift required to reach a zero–carbon, climate–changed world. I look forward to contributing to its future.”

Creative Carbon Scotland director, Ben Twist, said: “It’s a real privilege to have someone of Emma’s calibre joining our excellent Board of Trustees. With her wealth of creative knowledge and experience as well as her commitment to confronting the pressures and challenges of the climate crisis, we all look forward to working with her. Her perspective from the contemporary visual arts world will be invaluable in helping us to achieve our strategic goals.” 

 “We wish Clare Harris all the very best for the future and thank her for valuable contributions to the cultural and strategic direction of Creative Carbon Scotland since 2019.”

Find out more about the work of SCAN and RGBE.

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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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