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May Green Tease Reflections

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

A range of opportunities and ideas of how to contribute to ArtCOP Scotland were discussed including:

  • Green Tease members contributing to Edinburgh Palettes ‘Re-see It’ exhibition
  • Considering how the UN Sustainable Development goals (explored on our Mull Residency) fit into artistic practices
  • Exploring themes of climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Using social media to as a means of building the ArtCOP community

We’re want to hear your ideas and support artists and organisations to be part of the ArtCOP Scotland project! Read more about the project and how you can get involved here. 

First of all, what is ArtCOP Scotland?

ArtCOP Scotland responds to the UN Conference of Parties (COP21) taking place in Paris this winter (30th November – 12th December) at which crucial negotiations will seek to achieve global carbon emissions reductions, aiming to keep global warming below 2C and slowing the effects of climate change. We see this event as a great opportunity to explore what roles the arts can play in addressing climate change and building a more sustainable society and want to encourage grassroots, local-level activities and events which respond to the Paris to this question.

Edinburgh Green Tease

Last Monday we gathered at Edinburgh Palette artists’ studios to hear from jewellery designer, and member of the building’s Green Team Jaimie MacDonald and musician-composer Niroshini Thambar who is a studio holder at Edinburgh Palette and attended our 2015 Mull Residency.

‘Re-see It’ exhibition and ArtCOP Scotland

We heard about the Swap Shop initiative set up on the ground floor of the 6-storey office block-turned studios, which enable studio holders to re-use or upcycle unwanted materials. As part of this there is a ‘Re-see It’ exhibition every year which invites residents to submit works made from Swap Shop and other upcycled materials.

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Edinburgh Palette Swap Shop

Jaimie announced that this year they would like to invite the Green Tease network to submit works alongside studio holders as part of ArtCOP Scotland, and that they’re keen to make use of other spaces in the building for events and film screenings around the time of the COP21 meetings.

So Green Tease members–get your thinking caps on about how you can contribute to ‘Re-see It’!

Mull Residency Reflections

We then heard from Niroshini who provided us with a very personal account of her experiences and reflections on this year’s Mull Artist Residency 2015. Niroshini spoke passionately about her motivations to develop an artistic practice which is socially and environmentally engaged, partly stemming from her studies at the Centre for Human Ecology with influential thinkers such as Alastair McIntosh. For Niroshini, the Mull Residency provided the time and tech-free space to reconnect to these motivations and situate them more firmly in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Niorshini and Jaimie’s talks sparked connections around the room including with John Ennis, Creative Director of Gayfield Creative Spaces, who expressed a strong interest in making Gayfield a hub for ArtCOP Edinburgh. Watch this space…

Glasgow Green Tease

On Tuesday we travelled through Trongate 103 for a session with choreographer/director Melanie Kloetzel and writer/visual artist Penny Anderson. Around the table we were joined by artists as well as representatives from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the CCA and Sustainable Glasgow.

Climate change and site adaptive performance

We first heard from Melanie, who talked about the performance project ‘Room’ which she has developed during her year-long sabbatical in Glasgow from Calgary, Canada. We learned about her interest in ‘site specific’ and ‘site adaptive’ performance as a powerful means of exploring the theme of climate change adaptation.

Melanie spoke about the differences between climate change mitigation which address the root causes by reducing carbon emissions and adaptation which seeks new solutions to the risks posed by climatic changes. Through ‘Room’ she explores the tensions between the lack of individual agency we often experience in relation to climate change and the the language of environmental management and control that exists within adaptation debates.

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Melanie Kloetzel performing ‘Room’

Social media and sustainability

Building on April’s ArtCOP Scotland launch, Penny concluded our discussion with some provocations on what role social media could play in the ArtCOP project. She talked about her interest in the individual’s capacity to outsource questions and build communities through channels such as Twitter. Through examples of Steve Messam’s Paper Bridge project where he sourced an entire artwork through a social media appeal for paper, we discussed how we can inspire a similar online ArtCOP Scotland movement.

So what’s next?

From the range of ideas discussed during last month’s events there’s clearly a strong interest in making ArtCOP Scotland happen!

With a number of proposals already coming in for activities across Scotland in November and December, our next step is to start building connections and facilitating partnerships. We’re also in the process of producing a ‘Setting the Challenge’ document which will provide activity suggestions for different groups.

In the meantime, we’re always on the lookout for exciting proposals for future Green Tease events. Check out our new Green Tease DIY Handbook which enables you to use the Green Tease model to explore the links between arts and sustainability.

And our June Edinburgh and Glasgow June Green Tease plans are now live so sign up here!

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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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Opportunity: Call for contributors on arts and environment research

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This opportunity comes from IETM international network for contemporary performing arts, and relates to the larger ArtCOP21 movement that Creative Carbon Scotland will be engaging with through the facilitation of ArtCOP Scotland. Share your own practice with IETM to represent the work being done within arts and environment in your locality!

Have you developed projects and practices embedding environmental sustainability in its content and/or in the connection with the audience and local communities? Is ‘environmental sustainability’ the topic of a single project of yours, or is it part of a long-term strategy, also as regards your touring policy, stage materials and building etc.? Does tackling environmental sustainability entail any challenges in looking for support and funding?

We’re looking forward to hearing from you about how the arts can embrace environmental sustainability and bring a change in individuals and society. We’re also interested to hear about the challenges and the possible ‘failures’ you experienced, and the lessons you learned.

This new edition of IETM’s Fresh Perspectives series is developed in collaboration with COAL, the multidisciplinary Coalition for art and sustainable development set up in France in 2008 by professionals in contemporary art, sustainable development and research. This publication will be presented during ArtCOP21 in Paris, in the frame of the International Conference on Climate Change COP21.

To participate in this project, please complete the questionnaire found here through the Fresh Perspectives Call for contributors by 15th June 2015.


Image: Mona Sfeir ‘The Recycling Labyrinth’ (site-specific installation from 8,000 plastic bottles, placed near UN building in Geneva (2011) via Playing Futures/Flickr Creative Commons

 

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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 Tease goes Open Source

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Why have we done this? 

One of the key ambitions of the Green Tease project is to support a thriving community of practice which connects arts and sustainability and addresses it’s role in creating a more sustainable Scotland.

To spread the Green Tease goodwill we thought we’d Open Source it so you can run your very own Green Tease happenings, exchange new ideas and build the community’s skills, knowledge and learning.

Green Tease DIY Handbook

We’ve created this DIY Handbook for you to take on the Green Tease model and brand and make stuff happen! As with our other projects including ArtCOP Scotland we’re not interested in having the monopoly on ideas. We want to support everyone to take on the challenge and see where it takes them.

All you have to do is come up with an idea, follow some simple Green Tease principles and you’re good to go.

Download the Green Tease DIY handbook here!

Arts and Sustainability Image Bank

We’ve also decided to create our very own Arts and Sustainability image bank for you to contribute to and benefit from.

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Whether you have photos from artworks you’ve created, projects you’ve been involved in or Creative Carbon Scotland events you’ve attended, we’d love it if you shared your images with the group.

The image bank is available on Flickr with images registered under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence. The Creative Commons licence is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. By sharing and using images you will be helping to foster an awareness of projects and activities which connect arts and sustainability across Scotland.

Click here for some simple instructions on how to use the image bank

Go on! Upload your images and help build the arts and sustainability Community of Practice.

Image: Gemma Lawrence, Mull Artist Residency 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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Green Arts Initiative Member Survey

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Help shape the future of the Green Arts Initiative by sharing your thoughts through our member survey!

Over 2015, Creative Carbon Scotland will be working to develop the GAI into a collaborative community of practice, with increased member communication and benefits. We want to hear from our members: what would best aid them to become more sustainable, and how they want the GAI to work.

We hope our existing GAI members will help decide how the community develops, what resources you need to progress, and how you want to interact as a GAI member in future.  The survey is open until the end of June, after which we will be analysing the results, telling you what your fellow members said, and moving forward with your suggested developments.

As a thank you gesture, a prize draw (for a sustainable and edible treat!) will be held upon closure of the questionnaire once responses have been gathered.

The member survey can be found on SurveyMonkey here.

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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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