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The Green Arts Conference: Culture Change

The Green Arts Conference: Culture Change

Key speakers, interactive workshops, a networked community of #GreenArts practice and sustainable event design: come to the conference for Scotland’s sustainable cultural community!

The Green Arts Conference, is the annual conference on how and why Scotland’s cultural sector is creatively approaching environmental sustainability. The conference is an opportunity to highlight and share the innovative steps being taken to reduce Culture’s environmental impact, and challenge how the arts can contribute to a more sustainable Scotland.

Why attend

“Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now.”
Barack Obama

In a year which has see extreme snow and extreme heat (and still a dreich August!), a plastic revolution following Blue Planet 2, and a new Climate Change Plan for Scotland, climate change and environmental sustainability are higher on our societal agenda than ever before. And as our wider culture changes, so too does our cultural sector: becoming greener and more engaged with sustainability.

Our culture sector needs a sustainability focus: to retain their ability to undertake world-class work, to meet demands from audiences, and to be part of society transforming to a sustainable Scotland. The Green Arts Conference explores how.

Who should attend

“It was valuable to see examples demonstrating that the whole organisation can be involved in sustainability”

Green Arts Conference 2017 participant

The Green Arts Conference is aimed primarily at those working within the cultural sector, across all different art forms, and in a variety of different roles. Whether someone completely new to being a Green Champion, or someone in charge of their own Green Team, the conference will provide an opportunity to learn, share and create in this area. We encourage those from programming, facilities management, marketing, administration, and development to attend – and all those doing any (or all!) of the above.

We also welcome those looking to learn more about how the cultural sector is tackling climate change, and who may have opportunities to work together with our green arts community towards a sustainable Scotland.


“Always really useful to hear what other organisations are doing – really enjoyed the show & tells”

Green Arts Conference 2017 participant

Culture Change‘ is the key theme of this years Green Arts Conference: marking how far we have come as a cultural community, showcasing the best examples of positive changes in the sector, and looking towards how the impacts of climate change will have direct consequences for the artistic and operational work of cultural organisations.

  • We’ll hear from those working directly in sustainability on the major developments in climate change and environmental issues, the implications for the cultural sector, and hear how they can support us in our work.
  • We’ll host session on Carbon Management Planning – feeding back on the plans submitted by Regularly Funded Organisations in October 2018 on their ambitions for the next three years.
  • Well have the return of our Green Arts Community sessions: lo-fi and quick show & tell sessions where different members of the Green Arts Initiative share the projects they’ve been imagining, creating and working on!

New for 2018

  • This year, we’re highlighting sustainability at a strategic level, inviting trustees of cultural organisations to join us for a pre-conference ‘Board Briefing for Cultural Trustees‘. Places will be limited and available on a first-come first-served basis, and are free to board members whose organisation has a Green Champion attending the conference.
  • Following on from the first ever #GreenArts day in March 2018, we’ll host a communications workshop on how to talk about your green work with different public and private audiences – building your reputation and network as a Green Arts member!
  • Well make the connection between sustainable practice and affecting sustainable change as artists, with a session on our Culture/SHIFT programme of work.

Full Programme and Session Registration: A full programme will be publicly launched and sent to registered attendees in advance of the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to register for sessions in advance, or to sign-up to sessions on the day (some sessions may be space-limited).

Key Information for Travel Planning: Registration for the event will run 9.30am – 10am, with lunch and other refreshments provided during the day. After the official close of the event (5pm) there will be a drinks reception for attendees and additional guests at the Festival Theatre.

Get Involved

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We have created a range of ticket options for this years Green Arts Conference, book yours below.


7th November 2018
£15 – £40
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Creative Carbon Scotland


City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
25 Nicholson Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9BX United Kingdom
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