Our Green Arts Conference is proud to present a mix of some of the most inspiring organisation and individuals working to increase the environmental sustainability of the cultural sector. Find out more about each of them here.

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Opening Plenary

Colin Seditas, Climate Change: Public and Private Sector Engagement, Scottish Government

Scotland is leading the UK in its efforts at carbon emissions reduction, having met and exceed its current targets. In a year with a new Climate Change Plan, and new Climate Change Bill (which aims to increase targets from a 80% reduction in emission by 2050, to a 90% reduction target), Colin will explore how we can all contribute to a more sustainable Scotland.

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Green Arts Community: Building and Institutions

Lois Green, Facilities Manager, WASPs Artists Studios Lois will tell us about how the organisation worked with organisations like Cycling Scotland to gain access to funding to make active travel improvements to their building.

Sunniva Ramsay, Engagement Manager, Traverse Theatre Sunniva will share more about their recent production ‘Arctic Oil’ which addressed environmental sustainability through its content, and how they plan to use their  space for wider engagement with sustainability.

Tom Forster, Programme Manager, Summerhall Tom will share the range of initiatives developed as part of the organisation’s ‘Sustainable Summerhall’ campaign.

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Green Arts Community: Working with Artists

Sam Trotman and Simone Keyon, Director and Artist, Scottish Sculpture Workshop Sam and Simone will introduce us to Into The Mountain, an ongoing place-sensitive performance project informed by Nan Shepherd’s sensory prose. The project explores and celebrates women’s+ relationships with mountainous habitats through outdoor education programmes, mountain leader traineeships, talks and meets delivered in partnership with Cairngorms National Park Authority, City Moves, Dance North and Tramway.

John Thorne, Sustainability Manager, Glasgow School of Art John will talk us through the dimensions of sustainability as it applies to the educational institution and answer the question “why should an art school bother with sustainability?”

Louise Gilmour Wills, Programme Manager, Catherine Wheels
Performers and stage managers are with the company on a short term basis, often working long days and living away from home so are out of their usual (and sustainable) routines. They will share how the designed and developed their tour ‘green kit’, which encourages them to think about waste prevention measures, and get people talking about the issue!

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Green Arts Community: Community Engagement

Victoria Burns, Deputy Director, Invisible Dust Invisible Dust will discuss how they work with artists and scientists on environmental themes; with current project ‘Shore: how we see the sea’ an 8 date film tour across Scotland with commissioned films and recorded conversations about community engagement with Marine Protected Areas.

Kirsty Somerville, Festivals and Networks Development Officer, Take One Action Earlier this year, Take One Action launched their Film Directory: a resource of films and shorts on a wide range of social and environmental justice issues. Kirsty will discuss the creation of the Directory, and how the organisation (and others) can use it as an engagement tool.

Shona Cameron, Producer, Atlas Arts
Atlas Arts’ CLIMAVORE project looks at how our diets can alter to respond to the changes effected by human activity on Scottish waters, examining the economic and environmental sustainability of our aquaculture system, and how our communities intersect with our food system.

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Green Arts Community: Greener Festivals

Svetlana McMahon, Creative Director, Edinburgh International Magic Festival Svetlana will share the festival’s green initiatives over the past 9 years and particularly transition to e-ticketing in 2017: an initiative in which they worked with their suppliers, venues and staff to drive this behaviour change work.

Gabrielle Macbeth, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Glasgow Women’s Library Examining the sustainability implications of different models for festivals, Glasgow Women’s Library will share how they designed and delivered their digital ‘Open the Door’ festival earlier this year.

Amanda Crawford, Environmental Sustainability Officer, Festivals Edinburgh Reflecting on the collaborative approach to environmental sustainability taken by 11 Edinburgh festivals, Festivals Edinburgh will share their recent work engaging with external sustainability organisations and campaigns, such as the Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland.

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Carbon Management for Cultural Organisations

Caro Overy, Carbon Management Planning Officer &
Fiona MacLennan, Carbon Reduction Manager, Creative Carbon Scotland 
Sharing experiences from the first year of mandatory Carbon Management Planning, these session will share insights from the recent Creative Scotland process, look at key trends for arts organisations, and discuss next steps.

All conference participants are encouraged to attend this session (which will be run twice – once in the morning, and once in the afternoon).

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Workshop: Culture/SHIFT

Gemma Lawrence, Producer, Creative Carbon Scotland This workshop will explore the deeper conceptually-driven work of Creative Carbon Scotland, demonstrating the need and opportunity for artistic engagement in wider sustainability campaigns and projects.

Covering: Library of Creative Sustainability, ongoing and future Embedded Artist Projects and projects with the Scottish Government, Levenmouth and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.


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Workshop: #GreenArts Communications

Mike Elm, Digital Communications Officer, Creative Carbon Scotland The first ever #GreenArts Day was held on 14th March 2018, with over 400 community posts and a reach of over 2 million impressions over the course of the day. This session will explore the learnings and good examples from the first ever event, and provide practical advice, tips and strategies of organisations looking to build their communications around their sustainability efforts.

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Future Plenary: Adaptation

Adapting to the impact of climate change will require all individuals and organisations in Scotland to consider how their work will be changed by the changes to our world. Following a full-conference address explaining the key issues and opportunities, each break-out session will focus on a different geographic area of Scotland.

‘East’ by Fiona MacLeod, Edinburgh Adapts, Senior Policy and Insight Officer at City of Edinburgh Council

‘West’ by Kit England, Project Manager, Climate Ready Clyde

‘North’ by Alison Leslie, Aberdeen Adapts, Sustainable Development Officer at Aberdeen City Council 

‘Touring’ by Ben Twist, Director, Creative Carbon Scotland

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Supported by

Edinburgh Festival City Edinburgh Festival City

A project initiated by Edinburgh’s Festivals with key partners the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network

Edinburgh Festival City Federation of Scottish Theatre Scottish Contemporary Art Network