Green Arts Initiative steering group

Green Arts Initiative steering group

What is the steering group?

The steering group is a group of individuals working in the Scottish cultural sector that helps to guide the strategic development of the GAI.

The steering group is a vital advisory board for the GAI and supports the Green Arts officer in setting its direction providing valuable feedback to Creative Carbon Scotland as we seek to provide effective support to match the climate ambitions of the Scottish arts community.

The GAI is working towards supporting all cultural organisations in Scotland to address the climate emergency. We have a current focus on taking the GAI on a carbon management journey by which we mean supporting the GAI members in lowering their greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate impacts as part of wider climate actions. We are also looking forward to running a Green Arts Conference later this year to bring together GAI members to share their knowledge and experience.

To achieve this and help shape the direction and activities of the GAI, the steering group members are an important source of knowledge, skills and experiences.

The group meets roughly quarterly with the Green Arts officer to help with decision making and is occasionally asked for comments or suggestions between meetings.

GAI steering group members dedicate less than 10 hours of their time in the year. This includes quarterly one-hour meetings on weekdays during working hours.

What should the steering group be like?

The steering group gains its strength from having proactive people working for a Scottish cultural organisation or freelancers working across cultural organisations in Scotland.

To ensure the steering group represents a diverse range of members, we consider their areas of expertise and their role within their organisations, as well as their organisations’ art forms, function and geographical location.

What do we need from our steering group members?

Personal skills:

  • Enthusiasm for the project
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to listen
  • Willingness to work collaboratively


  • Very good knowledge of the Scottish cultural sector
  • Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities artist and cultural organisations in Scotland might face in working more environmentally

Skills and abilities:

  • Willingness to share knowledge, skills and experiences
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and working towards climate justice

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If you recently applied to become a member of the Green Arts steering group for 2022, thank you.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted between 16 and 20 May.

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