Opportunity: Open Call for Lead Artist of Schools Environmental Art Project

26th August 2015

The Lifecycle of Stuff: Edinburgh Schools Art Project Call for Lead Artist Creative Carbon Scotland is offering the chance for …

The Lifecycle of Stuff: Edinburgh Schools Art Project

Call for Lead Artist

Creative Carbon Scotland is offering the chance for a visual artist to lead a new three month Edinburgh schools environmental art project The Lifecycle of Stuff from late September to mid-December 2015.

This is an exciting, paid opportunity for an artist interested in exploring the themes of the circular economy and environmental sustainability in their work, offering the chance to develop new ideas and artistic work with young people of a range of ages and backgrounds.

The project aims not only to engage young people in themes related to circular economy through art but also to support the development of artistic practice, by creating a rich opportunity for the lead artist to further their work and thinking in this field, and supporting schools’ capacities to engage with the links between creative learning, art, sustainability and climate change.

The Lifecycle of Stuff is part of a wider initiative run by Creative Carbon Scotland called ArtCOP Scotland which engages with the important UN climate change negotiations taking place in Paris from 30th November – 13th December (COP21). During the time of COP21, we’ll be supporting a Scotland-wide artistic response to the negotiations and exploring what roles art and creativity can play in addressing climate change and building more sustainable societies.

This project is a partnership between Creative Carbon Scotland, Arts and Creative Learning, Children and Families Department, Edinburgh City Council and Department for Culture and Sport, Edinburgh City Council.

Project Brief

We are looking for a visual artist with an understanding of and imaginative approach to the links between the circular economy, environmental sustainability and creative practices, or an enthusiasm to develop work in this area. In addition, the lead artist should have some experience of working with young people, in school or community settings.

The selected artist will attend preliminary meetings with key project partners, lead a series of practical artistic workshops with participating schools and support the installation of the final exhibition of commended artworks resulting from workshops in Edinburgh city centre cultural venues (Assembly Rooms, Church Hill Theatre, other venues TBC).

Artist Fee

The artist will be paid a fee of £4,876 for 23 days work, based on the Scottish Artist Union daily rate for an artist with 3 years’ post art-school experience. In addition, local travel expenses to schools will be paid. For more information on the SAU: www.sau.org.uk/rights/pay/

Artist Specification

The selected artist should have all of the following experience and abilities:

  • Strong understanding of and imaginative approach to the links between the circular economy, environmental sustainability and creative practices.
  • Evidence of how these links have already been explored to a high standard of work within their own practice.
  • The ability to communicate and creatively explore these links with young people and teachers.
  • High quality of artistic practice.
  • Experience of working with young people and/or groups of different ages and abilities.
  • Ability to install artworks in public spaces.

How to apply

To apply please download the following documents and follow the application instructions:

Artist Brief – The Lifecycle of Stuff

Artist Application Form – The Lifecycle of Stuff


Please send the stated required files in a zip or compressed folder to Gemma Lawrence at gemma.lawrence@creativecarbonscotland.com by 10am on Wednesday 16th September.

Please review the artist specification in the Artist Brief to ensure you meet the required experience and abilities. Please note that you must be available for all specified dates in the project timetable (see Artist Brief).


Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Circular Economy Principles: http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/circular-economy

The Story of Stuff: http://storyofstuff.org/

CCS’s beginner’s introduction to COP21: https://www.creativecarbonscotland.com/cop21-the-most-important-meeting-this-century/

ArtCOP Scotland Project page: https://www.creativecarbonscotland.com/project/artcop-scotland/

Zero Waste Scotland: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/

Image credit: Wonderlane, Creative Commons

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