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Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors

I’m beyond excited to announce the official launch of Fix’s writing contest, Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors. After a year few of us could have imagined (not to mention a tumultuous start to 2021), my team at Fix is looking, optimistically, to the future. And we hope you’ll help us spread the word about this contest far and wide!

I’d like to share a quick note about how this project came to be. In the spring of 2020, just after the pandemic had hit the United States, Fix convened (virtually) a group of New England Fixers to foretell the next 180 years for their region. They visualized a complete societal transformation and a path to a clean, green, and just future: A dissolution of political parties and borders. Reparations. The return of land to Indigenous and Black stewardship. Restorative justice replacing prisons. Food sovereignty triumphing over monoculture farming. An economy built on ecological restoration, mutual aid, and care work.  Out of their visions grew the idea to launch a climate-fiction initiative at Fix.

Check out our media kit (below) for graphics and sample social copy to spread the word about this new project. 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Imagine 2200 draws inspiration from Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futures. The contest is also grounded in hopepunk and solarpunk — literary genres that uplift equitable climate solutions and continued service to one’s community, even in the face of despair.

In the contest’s inaugural year, we’re calling for short stories that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. What will the world look like in the year 2200 — or anywhere between then and now? Submissions open today (January 12) and close on April 12. Stories will be judged by a board of literary experts including authors Adrienne Maree Brown, Morgan Jerkins, and Kiese Laymon. The first, second, and third-place winners will be awarded $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively, and nine additional finalists will each receive a $300 honorarium. Winners and finalists will be published in a digital collection on the Fix website and will be celebrated in a public-facing virtual event.

SUBMIT A STORY TODAY!

We hope you’ll help us get this opportunity out in front of the world. Together, we can fix the future with fiction. Join this creative uprising of imagination. In your story lies our collective liberation.

Tory Stephens
Imagine 2200 Project Director & New England Network Weaver, Fix

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(Top photo: Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor)


Grist is an independent, nonprofit media outlet covering the climate crisis and the many facets of life it touches. Our award-winning journalism elevates solutions, exposes inequity, and gives our readers the context, knowledge, and tools to make a difference.

Fix is Grist’s solutions lab. We combine solutions-oriented storytelling with gatherings that bring together a growing community of Fixers to create a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.

[re]Shaping Exhibition Practices

[re]Shaping Exhibition Practices — A Virtual Conference by Art / Switch

This conference is part of our virtual trilogy [re]Framing the Arts: A Sustainable Shift, organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) at the University of Amsterdam and Nyenrode Business University.

In this second edition [re]Shaping Exhibition Practices, we will focus on environmentally sustainable exhibitions. Our speakers will discuss sustainability in curatorial practice, discuss the structure and process of loans, explore what the art market can do to create environmentally conscious exhibitions, and question how we can shift our thinking around blockbuster and travelling exhibitions, taking into account the effect of Covid-19 on the arts sector. We will emphasize how sustainability can be systematically integrated in the planning and decision-making processes of exhibitions in a post-pandemic world.

Program

16:00 – 16:10 Welcome by Art / Switch

16:10 – 16:40 Alice Bonnot — How Can Art Curators Lower the Environmental Impact of Contemporary Art Exhibitions: Choosing Environmentally Responsible Artists
(with 10min Q&A)

16:40 – 17:10 John Thomas Robinette III — Don’t Look Back: Cognitive Dissonance and Traveling Collections (with 10min Q&A)

17:10 – 17:25 Virtual booths with all Speakers or Break (choose booth prior to conference)

– – choose breakout room prior to conference – –

17:25 – 18:10 24 ORE Cultura —
Case Study: Rethinking Frida Kahlo (with 10min Q&A)

17:25 – 18:10 Galleries Commit & Gallery Climate Coalition: Heath Lowndes, Laura Lupton & Orlando Estrada —Environmentally- Conscious Exhibition Planning in the Art Market (with 10min Q&A)

18:20 – 18:50 Joel Taylor & Caitlin Spangler-Bickell — Factors that Influence the Changing of Climate Specifications for Museum Loans in Practice (with 10min Q&A)

18:50 – 19:00 Take Aways with Sara Kassam

Discussions lead and moderated by Art / Switch in collaboration with:

Sara Kassam — Sustainability Lead at Victoria & Albert Museum

Louisa Buck — Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper

GET TICKETS HERE

Open Call: The Green Open Space at Washington & National Blvds.

The City of Culver City will implement a permanent Public Art Program for the Washington/National TOD (Transit Oriented Development) District. The Washington National TOD Gateway Public Art Program will inspire artists in the creation of world-class, aesthetically rigorous artwork(s) that respond to the natural, cultural, and infrastructural resources present at the site. Formerly the site of the Hal Roach Studios, the Washington National TOD gateway has continued to be a site of artistic and entrepreneurial activity. This Public Art Program will offer artists the opportunity to aesthetically respond to the past, present, and future of this unique cultural site.

Deadline to submit SOQuals is March 4, 2021 at 11:59PM (PST). Please visit our website to access all RFQual Documents and Resources.

Questions concerning this RFQual should be submitted by e-mail to Dyson & Womack at info@dysonwomack.com by Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM (PST). All Artists or Artist Teams registered for the RFQual will receive responses to the questions and any other addenda that may be released via e-mail on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Blooming Ludus Green Forum

Two days of interactive activities, presentations and discussions exploring artists’ collective experience of climate change.

About this Event
*(Korean)한국어 예약 페이지 : https://onoffmix.com/event/231676

Tired of typical Zoom meetings? This online forum is a place for the international artist community to meet and share ideas and practices on the climate crisis! Network with artists around the world – come explore how art can be actions in both our professional and personal lives!

Spanning South Korean, the UK and Canadian time zones, delivered with translation between Korean and English, the program will include artists and panelists from multiple disciplines: expect poetry, sound art, visual art, games and theatre. This is a great opportunity to get a different perspective from members of our international community.

Program:

Saturday Jan 30th – 8-11am (Atlantic) / 12-3pm (GMT, UK) / 9pm-12am (Korea)

How Are You Doing? (a series of reflective and interactive activities + discussions run by Blooming Ludus, Hyunjin Kim, Sierra O’Neill, Jibhin Yang and Canadian Green Alliance )

Sunday Jan 31st – 8-11am (Atlantic) / 12-3pm (GMT, UK) / 9pm-12am (Korea)

What Are you Doing? (practice sharing and projects from Eliza Evans, Borahm Kim, Broadleaf Theatre, Dahyun Park and more)

*you can see full details of presenters and the program on our website under Green Forum!

http://www.bloomingludus.com


The Technical details:

Please register for tickets to one or both sessions. The Green Forum will be taking place on Topia.io and joining instructions will be sent out a few days prior to the event via email. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, headphones and Chrome browser to access the Forum.

Hope to see you there!

We gratefully thank our team, Arts Council Korea and Broadleaf Theatre for their support. We acknowledge that this Forum is physically hosted on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous groups.

The Woodland Farm Artist Residency

Situated on Canada’s beautiful west coast Salt Spring Island, within the territories of the Coast Salish peoples, here you will find a sanctuary to breathe, dream, experiment, create and play.

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The Creation Barn

The Woodland Farm Creation Barn is approx. 790 ft2 (73 m2) in a newly-built, comfortably-heated space with soaring 19ft (6m) gabled ceilings and a sprung floor. The barn includes a small conference table in a large open space with plenty of natural light, sound, lighting and video equipment, along with design and development support available upon request. 

Surrounding the Creation Barn is a stunning forest, with old growth trees, walking paths and gardens. Owls, deer, even the occasional river otter visit us here at Woodland Farm. We are situated walking distance to the ocean, the small town of Ganges, grocery stores, a winery and cidery and bakery. 

To read more about Salt Spring Island visit https://www.saltspringtourism.com/salt-spring-news/

Here is a Video of the Woodland Farm Artist Residency build!

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The Private Cottage

This spacious one-bedroom cottage is peaceful, warm and inviting; with everything you might need to feel at home while you immerse yourself in nature and art.

A fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor BBQ make your stay comfortable.
Suitable for maximum two people. 

For more information on this space visit
http://www.sabbaticalhomes.com/OfferedDetails.aspx?id=136912

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The Farm

Woodland Farm is a small organic farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Owned by sisters Sheila Dobie, Gwenyth Dobie and William Mackwood, they aim to offer healthy food, lifestyle, and personal space for creative renewal and revitalization.

Their Farm Stand provides delicious produce for Salt Spring Islanders and guests. Eggs, Berries, Greens, Apples, Squash, Beans, Beets, and Herbs… plus beautiful flower bouquets. 


Artist Residency Fees

Creation Barn Rates*
$1000/Month

Private Cottage Fees for Artist in Residence*
Maximum of 2 people: $1,500/Month (Includes all utilities and wifi)

*Emerging Artists may be offered a reduced rate (to be negotiated)

Sweat Contribution
Every individual on Woodland Farm is asked to spend at least 1 hour per day working on the farm, in a capacity that is suitable to them.
We know from experience that working in nature clears the mind and inspires creative thinking.

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Woodland Farm Mushroom Forest

Things to know and consider about the Woodland Farm Artist Residency

Woodland Farm is our home and we would ask you to treat the spaces and the land with respect and consideration.

Why are all your residencies 1 month in length?
We know from experience that it takes at least a week to start sleeping and breathing. When we are all running so fast in our usual lives, it takes dedicated time to slow down- to allow the creative juices to start flowing again.

What kind of artists and projects would fit well at Woodland Farm Artist Residency?
Founders William Mackwood and Gwenyth Dobie are both extremely experienced in the development of new work through their
company Out of the Box Productions and having been on Faculty at York University’s Theatre and Dance Departments.

William and Gwenyth have delved into the worlds of Dance, Theatre, Music, Interactive Stage, Immersive and Site Specific creation,
and we welcome applications from emerging and established artists of all performance based practices.

Will we get help and support when we are at the Woodland Farm Artist Residency?
William and Gwenyth are available as needed to be an outside eye, offer feedback, suggest lighting, video, interactive stage ideas.
This would be decided together.

Can we share a presentation of our developed work during our Residency?
That is completely up to you. Up to 20 people can be invited to offer you constructive feedback.
We can help arrange this showing at a time that works well with your process.

What the heck… I see that I have to work on the farm for at least 1 hour a day?!
Yes! Everyone who comes to stay at Woodland Farm is asked to contribute to the care taking of the land for 1 hour each day.
What you do depends on your skills and comfort level. You could be raking leaves, weeding, clearing the walking paths in the forest, planting in the garden. In our experience, this time in nature, away from the creation process actually clears the brain for innovative ideas.


Where is Salt Spring Island?
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Salt Spring Island is truly a nature lovers’ paradise. With spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery and the moderate climate, a variety of activities can be comfortably pursued all months of the year. From leisurely walks along pristine beaches to challenging uphill hikes, the vistas, flora and fauna are always inspiring. Surrounded by miles and miles of the mainly sheltered waterways of the Pacific Ocean’s Salish Sea, this Gulf Island archipelago offers countless opportunities to explore the marine world. https://www.saltspringtourism.com/salt-spring-news/

To get to Salt Spring Island, there are 3 Ferry Routes. Arrivals and Departures for Vancouver go via Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Long Harbour. The Ferry from Crofton (near Nanaimoon Vancouver Island) arrives at Vesuvius, and the Ferry from Swartz Bay near Victoria arrives via Fulford Harbour.

Woodland Farm is walking distance to the small town of Ganges and Churchill Beach. You can walk to excellent Restaurants, Kutatás Winery, Salt Spring Cider, Francis Breads, and Country Grocer.

If you are interested in being considered for an Artist Residency at Woodland Farm… please APPLY HERE

OPEN CALL FOR CSPA QUARTERLY: DECOLONIZING ART & ECOLOGY

Open Call for submissions to the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts Quarterly, Q35: “The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Decolonizing Art & Ecology”

This issue of CSPA Quarterly destabilizes Colonial Settler perspectives in ecological art practices. By bringing together artists and writers who re-center BIPOC, and particularly Indigenous, voices in decolonial eco-art, this issue proposes a different way to view ecology. Currently inviting submissions. Artists of any media, or style encouraged to submit their work. Poets, Painters, Photographers, Authors of Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Essays all welcome. Please submit your name and a short (50-100) word description of the work you would like to contribute, along with a writing sample, or small portfolio to the editor, Jonah Winn-Lenetsky by February 28th at jonah.winn-lenetsky@iaia.edu

More information about the Quarterly, include past issues, here. https://sustainablepractice.org/programs/quarterly/

Mustarinda Magazine vol. 7 Huoltaa / Maintain published

One day I dig the bowl out from the upper kitchen shelf, blow off most of the dust, and scratch the dry dough flakes to the bottom of the bowl. I measure 2 dl of lukewarm water, and add the same amount of flour and mix it together. I make a promise to it, that next morning I’ll knead it into dough. I wrap a yellow plastic bag around the bowl and I write a note: ‘careful, sourdough waking up’.


Mustarinda Magazine vol. 7 thinks about acts of maintaining in the house, the yard and the forest. We are interpreting maintaining in relation to long-term thinking, longer-term processes and commitments, and to actions that involve collective participation, care, and dialogue. The issue celebrates ten years of the Mustarinda association by stating: let’s keep going!

Contributors include: Elisa AaltolaMichaela CaskováPaavo JärvensivuHarrie Liveart, L.V. Maamirko nikolićMarta MartinováRiitta NykänenSanna Ritvanen and Hanna Kaisa Vainio. The volume is edited by Neal Cahoon and Miina Kaartinen. The design of the print edition is by Pauliina Leikas.

You can pre-order the magazine for postal delivery ahead of the launch by emailing us: info@mustarinda.fiWe will answer with payment info. Price 12€ + shipping costs. The magazine is bilingual (Finnish/English).

The magazine will be available to buy at selected bookstores, museums, and galleries and from the Mustarinda House. The list of places where the magazine will be available will be updated on the Mustarinda website and social media platforms.


Old-growth forests, as precious rarities in european contexts, maintain themselves over time through their diversity – each staggered process of growth and decay has an inherent value, as they contribute to an entangled performance where many communities weave their lives together.

Open Call: ChaNorth Summer 2021 and 2022 Artist and Writers in Residence Programs

Application Deadline January 15th, 2021

ChaNorth accepts applications in all creative fields, including but not limited to VISUAL ARTS, WRITING, MUSIC COMPOSITION, CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE. 

Each month-long session has 5 to 7 artists, which ChaNorth curates with the aim of creating small, dynamic, diverse, interactive groups. National and international artists are welcome to apply. 

FELLOWSHIP AND EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES:

  • one fellowship award, per season, for a young artist under 30
  • two solo show awards
  • an annual curated alumni show. 

Both solo shows and the group show are presented, the following year, at Chashama exhibition spaces in New York City. 

GUEST VISITORS PROGRAM
During the ChaNorth residency, artists have multiple opportunities to share their work and network with others, including 2-3 studio visits per session from critics, curators, gallerists, and residency directors.

Previous studio visitors have included:

  • Nora Khan, a writer focused on emerging issues within digital art and the philosophy of technology.
  • Will Hutnick, artist and curator residency director at the Wassaic Project, NY.
  • Junho Lee, Founding Director of NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
  • Olga Dekalo, Assistant Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester, New York 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Artists are invited to participate in an evening of ARTISTS’ TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS, at the Pine Plains Free Library and participate in the OPEN STUDIOS Program. Both events are open to the public.
Pine Plains Library in Partnership with ChaNorth offers artists to create and lead an hour-long free community art WORKSHOP. The library offers for each artist a $50 payment for teaching.

Resident Artists, can apply to exhibit their work at the Pine Plains Free Library.

McEnroe Organic Farm Work Exchange
Fostering community engagement, ChaNorth collaborates with McEnroe Organic Farm’s Education Garden where resident artists are asked to participate in 3 hours of work exchange each week. In return, our shared kitchen is stocked with fresh, seasonal produce and whole grains. Shared meals act as the anchor of the program.

ChaNorth is a Self-Directed Residency. The residency program offers space, time, and inspiration to make new work, providing artists networking, exhibition and teaching opportunities and at the same time promote interest, awareness and understanding of visual arts in a rural community through engagement with the artists. 

Application Fee: Application Fee: $20 (Covid-19 reduction rate from $30) Application fee is to help cover administrative costs.

Cost of Residency, four-week session: $950.

Residency fee includes:

  • private room
  • private studio
  • fully stocked kitchen, you can find the food list: FAQ

The fee does not include:

  • transportation costs to and from chaNorth, except one schedule pick up and drop off at the Wassaic Train Station on the day of arrival and the last day of the residency
  • artists’ materials cost

The summer artist-in-residence season runs from April through the beginning of November in both years 2021 and 2022. 

2021 Summer Residency Session
Session 1: Friday, April 2nd-Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Session 2: Monday, May 3rd- Sunday, May 30th, 2021
Session 3: Friday, June 4th-Thursday, July 1th, 2021
Session 4: Monday, July 5th- Sunday, August 1st, 2021
Session 5: Friday, August 6th-Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
Session 6: Monday, September 6th- October, 3rd, 2021
Session 7: Friday, October 8th-Thursday, November 4th, 2021

2022 Summer Residency Session
Session 1: Friday, April 1st -Thursday, April 28th, 2022
Session 2: Monday, May 2nd- Sunday, May 29th, 2022
Session 3: Friday, June 3rd-Thursday, June 30th, 2022
Session 4: Monday, July 4th- Sunday, July 31st, 2022
Session 5: Friday, August 5th-Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Session 6: Monday, September 5th- October 2nd, 2022
Session 7: Friday, October 7th-Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Jury Panel will be announced shortly

Artists enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs at the time of their application are not eligible to apply to ChaNorth.


For collaborative artists wishing to share studios/accommodations

and for all other questions should be directed to chanorth@chashama.org.

PLEASE review the FAQ section of our website: http://www.chanorth.com before emailing us!

Visit http://www.chashama.org

Climate Change Theatre Action 2019 Anthology: Lighting The Way

ADDRESSING THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME

Oh, what do we have here?

It’s the Climate Change Theatre Action 2019 Anthology! 


That’s right! Edited by Chantal Bilodeau and Thomas Peterson, Lighting the Way: An Anthology of Short Plays About the Climate Crisis includes 49 inspiring plays by writers from around the world commissioned for Climate Change Theatre Action 2019, plus an introduction by Chantal Bilodeau and essays by Julia Levine, Charissa Menefee, Thomas Peterson, Triga Creative, and Brooke Wood.

Responding to a prompt asking them to “give center stage to the unsung climate warriors and climate heroes who are lighting the way toward a just and sustainable future,” the writers offer a diversity of perspectives and artistic approaches to telling the stories of those who are making a positive impact. 

We couldn’t be more proud of this book and hope you’ll like it as much as we do.

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Writers include Hassan Abdulrazzak • Elaine Ávila • Chantal Bilodeau • Yolanda Bonnell • Philip Braithwaite • Damon Chua, Paula Cizmar • Hanna Cormick • Derek Davidson • Sunny Drake • Clare Duffy • Brian Dykstra • Alister Emerson • Georgina Escobar • David Finnigan • David Geary • Nelson Gray • Jordan Hall • Kamil Haque • Monica Hoth • Zainabu Jallo • Vinicius Jatobá • Vitor Jatobá • Marcia Johnson • MaryAnn Karanja • Andrea Lepcio • Joan Lipkin • Philip Luswata • Abhishek Majumdar • Julie McKee • Giovanni Ortega • Mary Kathryn Nagle • Lana Nasser • Yvette Nolan • Matthew Paul Olmos • Corey Payette • Katie Pearl • Shy Richardson and Karina Yager • Kiana Rivera • Madeline Sayet • Stephen Sewell • Lena Šimic with Neal and Sid Anderson • Caridad Svich • Elspeth Tilley • Peterson Toscano • Mike van Graan • Meaza Worku • Marcus Youssef • and Nathan Yungerberg.

Lighting the Way is also available from Barnes & Noble and your domestic Amazon store.


Contribute to our year-end campaign! We’re more than halfway to our goal of raising $5,000 before the end of the year. Can you chip in $25, $50, or $100 to help us get there?

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About The Arctic Cycle

The Arctic Cycle is a nonprofit organization that uses theatre to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action. Operating on the principle that complex problems must be addressed through collaborative efforts, we work with artists across disciplines and geographic borders, solicit input from researchers in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, and seek community and educational partners.

Your donations support all of our activities, including the commissioning and presentation of original plays, our Artists & Climate Change platform, Climate Change Theatre Action, the Incubator, and much more. We are grateful for your ongoing support.

Cultural Adaptations conference goes digital!

We are excited to announce that the Cultural Adaptations conference, taking place 2-5 March 2021 will be delivered completely online, widening the opportunities for participation from around the world.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, organisations and nations, we are adapting our plans to reflect these circumstances. We want to ensure that as many people can attend as possible, and aim to avoid the barriers of travel restrictions or localised ‘lockdowns’.

Although we might not be able to physically host conference delegates in Glasgow, we will be bringing you some Glaswegian style and Scottish hospitality from the host city of the United Nations’ COP26 climate change negotiations.

An extended programme for a digital event

We’ve got so many exciting sessions that we’ve decided to add an extra day to the programme! Now across four days, the conference will include keynote presentations from contributors in Europe and further afield, as well as participatory workshops to prepare delegates to explore how culture can play a central role in climate change adaptation.

The programme will explore:

  • How cultural organisations can adapt to the projected impacts of climate change, and what it means for their artistic work and operations
  • How adaptation by cultural SMEs can lead and support other city-region organisations to adapt
  • How creative methods and arts practice can shape how regions adapt to climate change
  • How cross-sector collaboration on climate issues can be a future role for the arts
Who is the conference for?

The Cultural Adaptation conference will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in climate change adaptation or arts and culture.

This event is therefore particularly relevant to:

  • Adaptation professionals working at the national, regional or city scale
  • Policy makers from local and national government with a remit in: culture, sustainability, adaptation, regeneration or development
  • Cultural managers of creative organisations, civic creative spaces or cultural initiatives
  • Artists and creative practitioners with an interest in working in different sectors to achieve social/political change
  • Academics with a research concentration in transformation, cultural value, environmental art and adaptation complexity

Register your interest now to be the first to secure your ticket!

Free materials and resources

At the conference we will officially launch the Cultural Adaptations toolkits, which will subsequently be made available for free use and replication. These toolkits will be easy to use, inspiring and practical, with guidance created from our experiences and learning from hosting innovative projects in four city-regions across Europe.

In the meantime, take a look at our developing digital resources, where we share project blogs, research insights and video and podcast materials on the topics of climate change, adaptation and creativity.


Cultural Adaptations is an action research project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and co-funded by the Scottish Government.

More about the project and partnerships can be found on our About page.

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