Creative Carbon Scotland win Creative Europe Funding for ‘Cultural Adaptations’

25th July 2018

Creative Carbon Scotland has been awarded funding from Creative Europe to run the ambitious Cultural Adaptations project.

Cultural Adaptations is a Creative Europe funded project led by Creative Carbon Scotland with partners in three EU countries, on culture’s role in society’s adaptation to climate change, and the adaptation issues that cultural organisations need to think about.

Collaborative Working Across Europe

Commenting on the news Creative Carbon Scotland’s Director, Ben Twist, said:

“Creative Europe’s support for “Cultural Adaptations” will allow Creative Carbon Scotland to partner with some of the most forward thinking cultural and climate change organisations in Europe on an innovative response to the task of adapting to the impacts of climate change, one of the greatest challenges and opportunities of our day.”

Cultural Adaptions was one of 84 projects funded out of a total of 401 applications in a highly competitive funding round. Creative Carbon Scotland is one of four projects being led by Scottish partners – with other projects being hosted by Scottish Baroque Ensemble, Imaginate and North Lands Creative (the latter both Green Arts Initiative members!)

Cultural Adaptations will get underway in October 2018 and run until March 2021.

The project focuses on culture’s role in society’s adaptation to climate change, and the Adaptation issues that cultural organisations themselves need to think about. Four cultural organisations will explore collaboratively how this approach can work in countries with similar climate challenges but differing socio-political frameworks. Each Cultural Partner is working with a local Adaptation Partner on the project. In Scotland we will be working in collaboration with our adaptation partner Sniffer and the Climate Ready Clyde initiative on:

  • Developing methodologies for cultural SMEs to assess the risks to their business from the impacts of climate change and to create strategies for adapting to those impacts; and
  • Embedding an artist in an adaptation project to apply their unique set of skills and practices to tackling adaptation challenges in a non-artistic field.

The cultural partners in the project will also be working with adaptation partners. Axis (Ireland) will be working with Codema, Dublin’s regional energy efficiency agency, Greentrack Gent (Belgium) with the City of Ghent local authority and TILLT (Sweden) with the City of Gothenburg local authority.

The learning from these projects will be reviewed with the cultural and adaptation partners from Belgium, Ireland and Sweden and with two evaluators, to draw out the learning and good practice and create a Toolkit and supporting Digital Resource that will enable other cultural and adaptation actors to replicate them.

The project will also benefit from support and involvement of ICLEI (International Local Governments for Sustainability network) as a ‘dissemination partner’ who will attend, participate and spread the word and the Scottish Government’s Climate Change division committing significant support for the project conference.

Interested in being part of Cultural Adaptations?

Do you want to be kept informed about:

  • the workshop for cultural managers to benefit from the methodologies developed by the project (March 2019)?
  • coming along to our end of project conference in October 2020 (there will be some subsidised places for freelance artists) to discuss the learning from the project and hear more about the Toolkit and Digital Resource produced by the project?
  • Receiving regular email updates about the project as it progresses?

Major project announcements will be shared in the Creative Carbon Scotland newsletter. To hear only about specific areas of the project complete the form below. Your information will be stored according to Creative Carbon Scotland’s Data Protection Policy in compliance with GDPR and we will only use the information you provide (name, email address) to send you information on your selected areas of the project.

Find out more on the Cultural Adaptations project page.

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