Visual Arts and Adaptation Research

Visual Arts and Adaptation Research

The Visual Arts and Adaptation Research project recognizes the unique nature of Visual Arts Organisations, and aims to inform and recommend adaptation methodologies specific to the sector.

The Aims

The project recognises that there is a gap between general climate change impact predictions and policies and specific sector practices.

Therefore the project has two key aims:

  • The first is to understand the impact of Climate Change on Visual Arts Organisations. This will focus on Edinburgh as a case study, but will also be applicable to other areas of Scotland.
  • Secondly, based on this information and in co-operation with Visual Arts Organisations, the project will aim to develop a programme of possible adaptation strategies and advice that is specifically aimed at the Visual Arts Sector, bridging the gap in research and recommendations.

The Method

The project will last approximately 5 months and will focus on two activities:

  • Secondary research on Climate Change: This will include projected impacts of climate change in Scotland, using resources such as IPCC reports; ongoing adaptation programmes such as Edinburgh Adapts; and published scholarship on impacts in the cultural sector.
  • Primary Research: This part of the project will focus on understanding Visual Arts Organisations and their perspectives on climate change and adaptation, as well as challenges that will be unique to the sector.

The Outcomes

The project will culminate in a report that will make adaptation recommendations specific to the sector, the findings will be disseminated through the Creative Carbon Scotland website. The report will focus on the impacts of, and adaptation to climate change for Visual Arts Organisations in Edinburgh and Scotland. However, it will also be useful for the sector in other parts of the country.

It is hoped that the project will result in greater understanding of the impacts climate change will have in Scotland, and will provide clear, useful and realistic recommendations on adaptation practices.

The research project will also fit into the wider work of Creative Carbon Scotland through the European Cultural Adaptations project.

Get Involved

We are looking for participants from the sector for the primary research part of the project. If you or your organisation would like to contribute to the project please get in touch.

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