Environmental sustainability

The arts, ethics, and sponsorship: navigating an environmental path

Jane Trowell from art activist organisation Platform looks at some of the ethical issues surrounding arts funding.

Revalue, Rethink, Re-ignite: the IPCC Summary in Cultural Context

Giulia Crossley, Communications Coordinator at Julie's Bicycle responds to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policymakers, in relation to the arts.

On Friday 30 September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Summary for Policymakers, an overview of its most up to date findings on climate change.

Missiles and Model Boxes

Ian Rimington ponders our relationship to the material world.

Action and hope

Sometimes I feel the world’s problems are intractable; that we are all standing on a cliff being relentlessly pulled over and there is nothing I or anyone else can do about it.

And then I have a day like yesterday.

Festivals, peace camps and environmental sustainability

With the summer in full swing, Ian Rimington recommends holiday reading and looks at how our National portfolio organisations have been progressing with sustainability.

The Happy Museum Project

The Happy Museum Project, led by the Museum of East Anglian Life and funded through the Arts Council’s Renaissance Strategic support fund, is a programme to help museums look at and test the role they play in developing community resilience and wellbeing against global financial and environmental challenges.

Playing For Time

Theatre-maker and writer, Lucy Neal is working on a handbook mapping creative practices that inspire a sustainable future. Here she describes a residency with other artists at the Arvon Foundation retreat. Playing For Time is funded by Arts Council England and Transition Network, in partnership with Arvon, the Centre for Alternative Technology and the new economics foundation.

The rain it raineth: managing the impact of climate change on historic monuments

Arts Council England's sustainability lead, Ian Rimington, explores the environmental challenges facing heritage organisations

If I were to ask you how much you would give to protect a threatened world heritage site of outstanding historical interest and natural beauty, it would probably be a hard question to answer.

Fun and games

Wednesday morning. I attend the first of Julie’s Bicycle’s Wednesday Webinars on environmental reporting for arts and cultural organisations. I’m not the most digitally up-to-date and webinars are new to me. This one is how to compete an Industry Green Tool entry. I watch a live on-screen demo whilst listening to Luke Ramsay from Julie’s Bicycle talk it through and answer questions.

'Believe you can and you're halfway there.' Theodore Roosevelt

Last week I attended two presentations given to Arts Council England Relationship Managers by Catherine Langabeer, Operations Director at Julie's Bicycle. Her talk focused on the background to why Sustainability matters, what the arts council is asking of organisations and how Julie’s Bicycle helps to deliver this.

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