Creative Carbon Scotland supports new data-driven project

18th November 2020

A new project exploring the motivations and needs of the creative community in addressing the climate emergency was one of nine projects awarded funding recently.

Creative Carbon Scotland’s Carbon Management Planning Officer Caro Overy is receiving the funding through Creative Informatics and Creative Edinburgh’s Connected Innovator programme for her project, Climate Friendly Culture.

The Connected Innovator programme allows emerging leaders in the creative industries to explore new approaches to their work or develop their practice by undertaking research and development or professional development around data and data-driven innovation.

Drawing on her expertise and networks from her work with Creative Carbon Scotland combined with those from her work as a freelance musician, Caro’s Climate Friendly Culture is a development project to learn about the creative community’s response to the climate emergency with a view to developing a tool (or tools) to support environmental creative practice.

Throughout the project, Caro will be interviewing artists and cultural professionals to understand how climate change and environmental impact fits into their work and has launched a survey open to everyone working in the arts in Scotland. As well as partnering with Creative Carbon Scotland, she’ll be working with developer inGenerator to research existing tools and resources and laying the groundwork to develop a new tool or tools to support the cultural contribution to a resilient and low carbon future.

Caro said of the award: “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to bring my creative practice as a musician into direct contact with my work in sustainability and carbon management planning to create a user-friendly tool that will help people working in the cultural sector understand and minimise their carbon emissions.”

Ben Twist, director of Creative Carbon Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to support Caro on this project through our networks and the use of the emissions data we have gathered over the past few years, and we look forward to seeing the outcomes and its benefits to the sector.”

If you work in the arts in Scotland, please do fill in the survey, and if you’re an artist who might be interested in being interviewed or having a more in depth conversation, please contact Caro directly. You can find out more on the Climate Friendly Culture website where you can also read Caro’s reflective blog that she’s writing as the project develops.

Caro Overy headshot – image credit: Sean Jones

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