It's hard to believe it's almost the end of August. This edition features events and resources you can attend or access in the months ahead, as we move into Autumn. Across the sector there seems to be a real focus on the future, and on establishing new practices which are more resilient and sustainable for people and the planet. I hope these resources will help you with your planning and adapting to the new context in which we are all operating.
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Edinburgh Culture Conversations #9: Data. 7 Sep 18:00
How can culture and the creative industries use data better to underpin its sustainability? How is it being used imaginatively by people working in these industries, and can it open the door to future opportunities?
Green Tease: Are we COPing? 8 Sep 19:00
This ‘Ideation Game’ workshop provides a playful format to discuss urgent challenges and generate new ideas of artistic engagement applicable to COP26 and beyond. By public art platform Climate Art and game designer Matteo Menapace.
Green Tease: Community Mapping, Environmental Empowerment 22 Sep 19:00 Hear from speakers Hannah Clinch and Daniel McKendry, experiment with an online green mapping tool, and discuss the roles of mapping in environmental projects led by artists, communities, and organisations.
The Long Time Tools
Short-term mindsets and structures across business, government and society are threatening our collective future. These tools from the Long Time Project are a practical way to start getting more long-term. The Covid-19 crisis is a stark reminder: from pandemics, to climate change, to biodiversity loss, to the societal implications of AI; we face a growing number of crises that have long-term implications for our collective future. Art and culture will be crucial to cultivating long-term attitudes and behaviours. They are foundational in shaping our collective direction of travel.
Getting More Mileage from your Artistic Ideas (without travelling an inch):
If you own a creative work (e.g. a script, devised performance or participation model) you might be able to achieve more with the idea by reimagining it in a different form; for example, as a podcast, online event or by licensing the work to someone else to produce. While this is not a new concept, it feels particularly relevant in the current context. Reimaging work in forms that do not require physical travel can also reduce the arts industry’s environmental impact. This resource from Farnham Maltings offers case studies and further reading.
Opportunities for Green Arts Members
Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Business Support
Zero Waste Scotland provides free, 1:1 support for businesses and charities across all sectors, to help embed circular economy principles in your practices, to reduce both waste and costs. A few Green Arts members have already benefitted from this service. Fill in the online form to receive more information.
Circular Economy Tool for the Arts Sculpture Placement Group and SCAN (Scottish Contemporary Art Network) are creating CAN (Circular Arts Network). Launching 31 August, CAN is a platform for redistributing used or surplus materials, exchanging skills/labour and coordinating transport for the benefit of your local arts community and to reduce carbon footprints. If you have spare materials, vehicles or time that you’d like to share with others, please submit a listing now.
Adaptation Resource of the Month
This conversationbetween Creative Carbon Scotland Director Ben Twist, and Dublin-based cultural consultant John O’Brien, explores how adapting to climate changemight help shape new business models for the creative and cultural sector. (You'll need to click on either the green or the pink shape on the landing page to get to the podcast, which was produced as part of the Cultural Adaptations project, on which CCS is a partner.)
Articles and Podcasts on Arts, Culture and Environmental Sustainability
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