#GreenArts Day 2019 – How are YOU celebrating the creative community going green?

14th March 2019

How do YOU do #GreenArts? #GreenArts Day 2019 was held on Thursday 14 March, it was a huge an online celebration of the arts & cultural sector and its contribution to making a better and more sustainable Scotland.

#GreenArts is about Scotland’s Green Arts community sharing what they’re doing to improve their environmental performance, learning from others about what sustainability in the arts looks like and how arts & culture are helping achieve sustainability aims. We launched the Green Arts Initiative 2018 report which shows just some of the fantastic work being done by the 220 members of the Initiative.

#GreenArts Day 2019

#GreenArts Day 2019 saw an amazing amount of fantastic work being showcased by the Green Arts community right across Scotland. However ‘#GreenArts is for life not just Green Arts Day’, and we encourage you to connect with and learn from fellow members of the green arts community year round:#GreenArts Day 2019 - How are YOU celebrating the creative community going green?

Green Arts Initiative Annual Report:
The creative community going greener


We are completing a series of capital works that aim to reduce the environmental impact of our building and bring it up to PassivHaus standards. - Agile CityThe Green Arts Initiative Annual Report showcases how the Green Arts community is making a positive contribution to a better, environmentally sustainable, society.

The report is compiled from responses collected from our members from across Scotland it shows the action that is being taken, and helps us to understand the needs of the community so that we can keep improving our support.

Sustainability on stage (and tour and in gallery and on radio)

The Green Arts community is increasingly taking on addressing themes of the climate crisis and sustainability through their programming, performances and other activities, for example:

We commissioned and presented ‘Arctic Oil’, a new production, which contained themes and issues surrounding environmental sustainability. 

Traverse Theatre

We co-commissioned (with Music in Peebles) composer Esther Swift to write a piece of music about the impact of climate change and flooding on the Peebles community. The piece was premiered by the Brodick Quartet, and was performed alongside a video created by Tom Swift. The piece was well-received within Peebles and has subsequently been performed on BBC Radio. 

Enterprise Music Scotland

The Green Arts Community

  • Members are involved in a wide range of art forms: Theatre 22%, visual Arts 15%, Festivals 14%, Music 10%, Community Arts 8%, Agency 6%, Dance 6%, Film 6%, Multi-form 6%, Literature 3%,Heritage 2%, Storytelling 2%, Physical theatre 1%A wide range of art forms with Theatre (22%), Visual Arts (15%), Festivals (14%) the most represented.
  • 64% are reducing energy consumption
  • 79% are tackling waste and material consumption
  • 1 in 5 are taking action on their water use.
  • 59% are monitoring and reducing staff travel-related emissions
  • 32% are working on the travel-related emissions of their artists & performers
  • 13% are helping support the sustainability of their audiences travel.

We operate bus tours for Spring Fling Open Studios to make the event more accessible and reduce carbon emissions.

Upland Arts Development CIC

Coming up next

It’s been a good year for the Green Arts Initiative and it’s clear that the sector is going beyond quick wins to look at how sustainability can be embedded in operations and artistic programming. For the next year we’re looking forward to seeing the plans that our members have told us about coming to fruition including:

  • Saving energy through installing secondary glazing across offices and putting timers on lights
  • Reducing waste by working with promoters and venues to reduce the need for printed materials
  • Supporting sustainable transport by ensuring public programmes are entirely accessible by public transport
  • Engaging wider through organising networking on the topic of making work for young people on climate change

Want to join the Green Arts Initiative?

#GreenArts Day: Wednesday 14th March 1The Green Arts Initiative is a community of practice of cultural organisations in Scotland, committed to reducing their environmental impact. It is free for any cultural organisation in Scotland to join and participate in the Green Arts Initiative. To find out more, and to become part of the community, head on over to our project page. We currently have 220 members from across Scotland, and we guarantee you’ll spot some you already know on our interactive map.

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