Key speakers, interactive workshops, a networked community of #GreenArts practice and sustainable event design: book your tickets for the conference for Scotland’s sustainable cultural community.
Organised by Creative Carbon Scotland, the Green Arts Conference showcases how and why Scotland’s cultural sector is responding to the climate and environmental crisis. Through exciting speakers, interactive workshops, and community networking it provides a rare opportunity to share the innovative steps being taken to reduce the environmental impact of the arts and understand their crucial role in creating a more sustainable Scotland.
‘What I have learned from those who inspired me to tell their stories is that we need to take personal responsibility for our families, our communities, and our ecosystems and we need to do it with empathy and support for those less responsible for the climate problem, who are suffering more.’ – Mary Robinson, First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The past year has seen a huge upsurge in the awareness of climate change as the defining issue of our era. From declarations of climate emergency by local and central government to massive protests, marches, and occupations by members of the public, the climate crisis has consistently grabbed headlines. This year has also shown how we are already feeling the effects of climate change through extreme weather events, heatwaves, and wildfires.
This wider societal shift demands a response, and leadership, from arts and culture. We need to know how to engage with environmental issues both in terms of the work we produce and how we produce that work. The Green Arts Conference provides the opportunity to gain new insights, grapple with issues, and develop partnerships to make this a reality.
Who should attend?
‘A fun, informal gathering of passionate sustainability experts and actioners. Expect to leave inspired, equipped and surprisingly satisfied with vegan desserts.’ – 2018 conference attendee
The Green Arts Conference is aimed primarily at those working in the cultural sector across all art forms and in a variety of roles. The conference has plenty to offer whether you run a whole Green Team or are new to the issues being discussed. We particularly encourage those whose work involves programming, facilities management, marketing, administration, and development to attend.
We also welcome those looking to learn more about how the cultural sector is tackling climate change, want to form collaborations with the green arts network, or want to make use of the ways that the arts can contribute to promoting and developing sustainability.
‘The variety of speakers across the day felt like each session was diverse and valuable.’ – 2018 conference attendee
This year’s conference will focus on climate justice, the climate emergency, and adaptation. We will be looking at how climate change connects to issues of equality and access, as well as implications of climate change impacts and how the arts can contribute to this area. You can view the full programme here.
This year, we have identified a small fund to support those who may find it difficult to attend our conference as a result of distance (more than 50 miles from the event venue) or personal circumstances such as caring responsibilities with up to £50 available towards supporting their participation. If you would like assistance to enable your participation in the 2019 Green Arts Conference, please request a bursary on our website.
We will be hosting a small number of stalls in the central gathering space for the event showcasing the green suppliers and support organisations that are a key part of building a more sustainable cultural sector. You can find out more about this year’s Green Stallholders here.
This year’s conference will be taking place at Central Hall, Edinburgh. You can find out more about the venue here.
Find out more
Find out more about the Green Arts Initiative and take a look at the 2018 Conference Report.