Opportunity: Art installation at Edinburgh Climate Festival

3rd June 2021

Submit proposals for an art installation that amplifies the environmental ethics of the Edinburgh Climate Festival.


We intend to host the Edinburgh Climate Festival on Saturday 14th August 2021 at Leith Links, Edinburgh (please note the date might be subject to change due to current circumstances). We will include a visual art display that will highlight the festival’s aim and vision, as highlighted below.

Our aim: inspiring and celebrating climate action and sustainability through community involvement.

Our vision: hosting an event that is inclusive, focused on climate justice, and empowering communities towards climate action.

The brief

We are looking for an art installation that amplifies the environmental ethics of the festival and gets people involved in a creative way. There are some fixed criteria, and some general guidelines below. Beyond these, we’re open to artists’ ideas and suggestions.


  • The art installation will be exposed outdoors so the piece needs to be weatherproof.
  • We will need to remove the installation after the event, so the art piece needs to be mobile or re-mountable.
  • The art installation needs to be as environmentally friendly as possible (e.g. use upcycled/repurposed material or responsible sources, no use of chemicals).
  • The artist/artists will need to include transport costs to and from the location, as well as installation and dismantle costs on the day in their budget proposal.
  • It is preferable for the artist/artists to be Edinburgh based but we would consider applications from all Scotland-based artists.

We don’t want to claim intellectual property of the piece. We would love the art piece to have a life beyond the climate festival. At the same time, we do not have adequate storage facilities. We would be excited to discuss options for a new home or other festivals/exhibitions after the event and we would ask you to give credit to the Edinburgh Climate Festival by adding our logo. Alternatively, please consider what will happen to the material used, considering the whole life cycle of the piece.


We would love the piece to:

  • Tell a story of climate change.
  • Include awareness of the intersectionality of climate change with other social inequalities and marginalisation, including the fact that climate change affects those who are least responsible for it, such as indigenous people and those in the Global South.
  • Be interactive and give participants a way to contribute.
  • Be child-friendly.


We envision the whole commission to cost between £500 and £2500. Please include a full breakdown of the costings in your proposal.

Selection process

We will accept proposals from both individual artists or groups, who have an environmental art piece that they want to display, or who are interested in preparing a piece for a commission.

Proposals will be assessed by the Edinburgh Climate Steering Group, taking into consideration a number of factors, including:

  • Quality of artists’ previous work.
  • Appropriateness of the proposal to the event.
  • Environmental sustainability (think about the entire life cycle of the piece).
  • Ability to meet the project timescale.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate how their design concept fits with the ethos and values of the Edinburgh Climate Festival and how their proposed work will be relevant to the local community.


The closing date is 20th June 2021 9pm.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter stating name of the artist/artists applying and artist statement in response to the brief. This could be either in written format (max 500 words) or a video (max 3 minutes).
  • CV or artist group background (max 2 x A4 pages).
  • Example of previous work, in the format of links to visuals (e.g. online portfolio, google drive folder etc.).
  • Design plan, including materials.
  • Example of risk assessment and/or health and safety statement (including COVID-19 prevention measures).
  • Project budget.

If you are interested, please email your proposal with the subject line “your name – ART INSTALLATION PROPOSAL”.  Please make sure all the attachments are clearly identified (e.g. your name – cover letter)

The successful applicant will be notified by the end of June 2021.

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