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No post-conference blues here!

Our fifth annual Green Arts Conference was a great success, and there's been no chance of succumbing to post-conference blues.

The team has been super busy with the day-to-day stuff, including collating the results of 100+ Carbon Management Plans, but also in getting out and about speaking and facilitating workshops at various events in Scotland and further afield. This is an important aspect of our work as it helps us raise awareness about what we do and how we help arts and cultural organisations take action to tackle climate change effectively. Equally, it provides us with a platform to promote the important role arts and cultural organisations have in combatting climate change to environmental organisations, local authorities and funding bodies, and to influence change in sectoral and strategic perceptions about that role.

Here's a flavour of what we've been up to:

  • Spoke at "Aviation and the climate crisis", an evening of talks hosted by FlightFree2020 (Edinburgh)
  • Keynote speech for Stretch Dance Conference (Finland) (by video)
  • Facilitated workshop at Irish Theatre Forum / Green Arts Initiative Ireland (Dublin) (journey by train and boat)
  • Facilitated workshop at "How do we get to net zero by 2045?" hosted by Sustainable Scotland Network (Edinburgh)
  • Spoke at and facilitated workshop at "Climate Emergency in Practice" with Fife Contemporary (Kirkcaldy)
  • Presented  at MEETropolitano35 Festival (Italy) (via videolink)
  • Attended Climate Heritage Network Launch (Edinburgh)
  • Attended Bike for Good's premiere of "Let's Go!", a film about cycling, community and climate change (Glasgow)
  • Facilitated workshop at the International Healthy Streets Summit 2019 (Glasgow)

But, that's enough about us, see below for stories to read, upcoming events,  and opportunities for you to get involved with.

Got something to share? Make sure you send it our way. 

Our news

Conference a Great Success!

On Tuesday 8th October, our annual Green Arts Conference, a full-day event held at Central Hall in Edinburgh, brought together 160 representatives from arts and culture across Scotland (and beyond!) together with sustainability experts, artists, stallholders and Scottish government representatives. The sold-out conference featured 20+ speakers running a diverse range of talks, workshops and discussions. This year's conference sought to put more emphasis on climate justice and how we can respond to a state of climate emergency.

Many thanks to all our fabulous speakers, stallholders, and attendees who made the day such a success! Stay tuned for the conference report, which will be released next month.

If you were there and haven't already, we'd really appreciate you completing the survey below so that we can make the Green Arts Conference even better next year! Many thanks in advance.
Please give us your conference feedback

News: Carbon Management update

This month, we have been collecting information from Creative Scotland’s regularly funded organisations (RFOs) - both on what their emissions were last year and how they plan to operate even more sustainably for the next two years of their funding.

Emissions figures for last year show how challenging it is for cultural organisations to reduce international travel, with flight emissions significantly higher than last year. However, the overall picture shows a steady reduction in the group's total emissions.

This year, we have asked RFOs to support the Scottish Government’s target of ‘Net Zero Emissions’ by 2045. In practice this means making big efforts to find ways to make reductions of 5-10% year on year.

This is the second year RFOs have been working on their Carbon Management Plans (CMPs) and some are really ambitious, with the majority reporting that developing the plans has had a positive impact on staff attitudes and communicating sustainable practices with audiences.

“The CMP has taken a serious and worrying issue and turned it into a message of hope, empowering staff to feel that our actions can make a significant difference.” RFO response, 2019

Learn more about reducing your organisation's carbon footprint

News: Celebrating pedal power!

On 12th October, more than 200 people attended the official launch of 'Let's Go!' at Bike for Good's Southside hub in Govanhill, including young people and adults who starred in the short film. The screening was pedal-powered by audience members with only a moment or two where the pedalling wasn't fast enough to make the film run!

Other highlights of the afternoon event were:

  • A red carpet stretching from the hub's entrance to Victoria Road
  • A golden throne where attendees made personal pledges of what they would do if they were king or queen of Glasgow (films to be released later this year).
  • Music by Glasgow's community brass streetband, Brass, Aye?
  • Vegetarian food, including Bombay mix-style popcorn by Kaleyard, Glasgow's first non-profit social enterprise cook school.
The film also screened, with an accompanying workshop, at the International Healthy Streets Summit 2019, hosted in Glasgow, 9th-10th October. The session took place alongside panel discussions and workshops with policy makers and practitioners working in improving the design and function of urban environments from Glasgow as well as other cities, including Vienna, Oslo and London.
Watch 'Let's Go!'

Library of Creative Sustainability

Exciting update! Next month, we'll be launching a brand new set of articles for our Library of Creative Sustainability. The articles will feature a range of USA-based sustainability projects involving artists and we'll be thinking about what we can learn from our transatlantic equivalents and how the situation differs in Scotland.
Refamiliarise yourself with the Library
If you've got something coming up, you can submit your events here.

Featured event: 

Green Tease: VR Climate Curator

In collaboration with North East of North Digital Arts Festival, this Green Tease will be a virtual reality workshop, exploring accessibility, climate change and sculpture. Led by artist Rhoda Ellis, visitors become the curators of a VR sculpture park, placing specially-designed digital sculptures in three landscapes affected by climate change. The day will end with a discussion about the intersection between climate change and disability.

Drop in to VR Climate Curator!
OPEN CALL: Contact us about running your own Green Tease event connecting arts and environmental sustainability.

Creativity and Climate Change Adaptation

A webinar exploring different types of creative work engaging with climate change and adaptation.

An excellent opportunity to hear about the varying work and approaches from Sniffer, Creative Carbon Scotland, Adaptation Scotland, Scriberia and Climate Ready Clyde.

When: Thursday 7th November, 3.00pm-4:00pm
Register for the webinar

More November Events

6th November: Symposium – Re-reading the RSVP Cycles in a Climate Emergency at Gallery North, University of Northumbria, all day.

8th November: Edible Edinburgh Business Breakfast at Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 8am-11am.

9th November: Workshop – Planning Your Climate Change Future at NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Dundee, 10am-12.30pm.

9th November: Workshop – P@tch at NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Dundee, 12pm-4pm.

9th, 10th, 12th & 13th November: Musical performance – "Elemental", Scottish Ensemble, 7.30pm-9.30pm. NB: venue varies, see listing for details.

18th-22nd November: Exhibition – Climate Reflections: Human Stories of Hope & Fear, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh. Free launch event: 18th November, 5.30pm-7.30pm.

26th NovemberEAUC Scotland Conference 2019 – The Elephants in the Room, The Lighthouse Design and Architecture Museum, Glasgow, 10am-4.45pm.

See all events


News, opportunities and guest blogs from the arts & sustainability worlds.

Submit news, blogs or opportunities to the Creative Carbon Scotland website

Opportunity: Adopt an Early Warning Sign

A terrific opportunity for UK arts venues concerned about climate change to adopt an Early Warning Sign. Since 2011, 32 venues across the UK have taken part, including CCA Glasgow, Eastside Projects, ACCA Sussex, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Aspex and Artsadmin. Could 2020 your organisation's year as host?

Apply now to adopt

Opportunity: Design a Digital Sculpture

For our VR Climate Curator Green Tease, we are crowdsourcing some ‘digital sculptures’ that our participants can work with. This is a great way of being involved in this event even if you can’t attend in person. The sculptures should be designed to respond to the themes of how climate change will affect Scotland’s landscapes and weather and how we can make the climate movement accessible to all. If you are interested in participating, please email:

Find out more

The Story

Each month we share a compelling story or two of what action on the climate crisis means around the world. Let us know what you think.

Crude Truth

Following recent, high-profile announcements from the RSC and the National Theatre that they are ending sponsorship deals with fossil-fuel companies, BP and Shell respectively, pressure is increasing on other arts and cultural organisations to follow suit.

In July of this year, almost 80 leading artists, including Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread and Anish Kapoor wrote to the National Portrait Gallery's director asking him to cut the gallery's ties with BP. 

On 20th October, members of Extinction Rebellion reiterated the call by staging a performance protest in the gallery's main hall.

Semi-naked activists drench themselves in fake oil

Art Against Extinction

UK author and artist, Leslie Tate, interviewed Canadian artist (based in Chicago), Carla Winterbottom, whose visionary work has a deep connection with climate change and extinction. Winterbottom is known for her collages and pinhole photography.

Read: Carla Winterbottom interview

Join the Green Arts Initiative

Be part of an interactive community of 225+ Scottish arts organisations and individuals working to reduce their environmental impact.​

Join now!

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