Opportunity: Creative Carbon Scotland seeks embedded artist

19th July 2021

Creative Carbon Scotland is recruiting a creative practitioner for an Embedded Artist role. The role will focus on exploring the intersection of climate justice, culture and society, in the context of the development of a Climate Emergency and Sustainability Plan for Creative Scotland (the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland).

  • Eligibility: Open to any creative practitioner of any discipline based in Scotland
  • Time commitment and fee: 19.5 days between September – December 2021 for a fee of £6000 (£307/day)
  • Application: 2-question online form; equal opportunities monitoring form.
  • Deadline: 8th August 2021 at 11.59pm

Climate emergency, Creative Scotland and the cultural sector

Creative Carbon Scotland has been asked by Creative Scotland to develop a strategic Climate Emergency and Sustainability Plan for the organisation. This plan will explore how Creative Scotland can achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 (in line with Scottish Government targets) and adapt to the impacts of climate change as they are experienced across Scotland. As a major funder of the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland, this plan will also explore the role of Creative Scotland in supporting the equivalent actions of the cultural sector in its own achievement of net zero emissions and adaptation. The plan will be developed through an iterative, interactive method, working with Creative Scotland staff, partners and stakeholders in the cultural sector.

Climate justice

This Embedded Artist role will be part of the small team exploring the potential influencing role of culture in leading and supporting how we address our climate emergency. In particular, the Embedded Artist will focus on exploring the relationship between climate justice and our cultural sector.

‘Climate justice recognises humanity’s responsibility for the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on the poorest and most vulnerable people in society by critically addressing inequality and promoting transformative approaches to address the root causes of climate change.’ Professor Tahseen Jafry, Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University

The term ‘climate justice’ expresses how climate change is a social and political issue as much as a technical or environmental one. Climate change exacerbates existing inequalities.  Action to address climate change can help to create a fairer society, but there is also a risk of actions discriminating or deepening inequalities. Discrimination and inequality prevent effective action to tackle climate change. In recognising climate justice, we seek to design climate solutions to overcome this challenge, whilst also tackling inequity in society.

Many of the inequities addressed through the principles of climate justice are mirrored in the barriers to participation in Culture. This embedded artist role will therefore connect strongly with existing equality, diversity and inclusion knowledge, experience and activities within the cultural sector.

The opportunity

What is an embedded artist?

An embedded artist role is not a residency, nor is it a commission. It does not seek to create a physical artistic output. Instead, an embedded artist uses their creative and cultural skills and approaches to address a challenging problem in a new context.

Person specification

This role is imagined for an experienced and established individual artist or cultural practitioner, working in any discipline, looking to use their creative skills to contribute to wider society. We anticipate an individual with 5 or more years of experience in the cultural sector will be most appropriate for this role. It is possible to apply to the role as a partnership or collective.

The types of skills and experience that will be beneficial for this project include:


  • Experience of making strategic contributions to initiatives: making connections and communicating with different ‘audiences’. For example, being a Board member or Trustee of an organisation, being an active member of a union or membership organisation, contributing to grassroots initiatives or collectives;
  • Experience of working with disadvantaged or marginalised communities: doing so may not be part of the work of this project itself, but socially engaged work with these communities would provide useful background knowledge and experience;
  • Interest and experience of working collaboratively with diverse groups and in non-arts contexts. For example, regeneration, environmental, educational, social, healthcare, community contexts;


  • Skilled in facilitating creative ways of thinking and working within teams and groups.
  • Imaginative thinking and the ability to work with complexity and varying degrees of scale.


  • A strong understanding of equalities, diversity and inclusion (EDI). In particular, awareness of the concept of intersectionality, mainstreaming of EDI and overcoming barriers to participation in the cultural sector.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrable interest in climate change. In particular, the impacts and implications on the cultural sector or the concept of climate justice.

Equalities, diversity & inclusion

The focus of this role reflects our commitment to climate justice: addressing the climate emergency in a way which makes society fairer and more equitable, and which includes all parts of society in deciding this future. We recognise that a diverse and inclusive movement is critical to solving climate change and that we must ensure that those directly impacted – particularly those who have been excluded in the past – are at the centre of the movement for change. We therefore want to increase the diversity of our team to widen our range of views and experiences, and particularly encourage applications from disabled people, those who are D/deaf, Black/+ People of Colour, those from minority ethnic communities, or from a low-income background.

Creative Carbon Scotland is committed to actively promoting equality and diversity in all of our work. All applications will be anonymised during the initial shortlisting to guard against unconscious bias, and our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Survey is anonymous and completely separately from your application. You can read our Equalities policy on the Creative Carbon Scotland website.

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 8th August 2021.

  • Please read the full Embedded Artist brief carefully and then follow the instructions in the online application form belowThe form will ask you to make clear why you are interested in this role and to demonstrate how your experience and skills match those outlined above. If you are not able to complete the online form, please get in touch to request a Word document version.
  • As part of your application, please complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Survey. The application form will ask you to confirm that you have done so. NB: This is anonymous and the information provided will not affect your application in any way.
  • If you would like to discuss the role or have any questions, please contact Catriona Patterson.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted during the week of 9 August, and interviews will be held remotely between 17th – 19th August 2021.

Download the Embedded Artist brief

We will only use the personal data you provide in your application for the purpose of completing this recruitment process. All records created during the course of this process will be permanently deleted once the appointee is under contract. For more information on how we handle your data, take a look at our Data Protection and Information Security policy.

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