“It’s not climate change, it’s everything change”, Margaret Atwood
Climate change is a result of culture in the widest sense, the way in which humans live on the planet – the arts and the practices of artists are an expression, a reflection and a shaper of this culture, currently a culture of unsustainability.
We see an opportunity for artists, designers and creative practitioners working across all disciplines (including performing arts, visual art, socially engaged and community practices, literature, film and screen, design and craft) to share their skills, knowledge and perspectives to not only address environmental sustainability, but also change the way we interact in society – thus re-imagining the culture and embedding sustainability within it.
Adapting to and mitigating the impacts of the climate we have created requires collaborative, interdisciplinary thinking as well as creative solutions. Our culture/SHIFT programme supports cultural and sustainability practitioners to explore new ways of working together to address complex problems and bring about transformational change. It includes:
Since 2016 we’ve been working on a number of fronts, acting as a connection point between sectors and disciplines, instigating new partnerships and facilitating the exchange of ideas. Our work has included:
Along the way we have developed some guiding themes to articulate the potential of cultural practices in this area and help steer the direction of new initiatives, made possible through artists’ training and experience:
Flows to the Future Study Workshop, April 2017
In 2017 we ran a number of pilot projects, testing out these themes and building new relationships with a range of partners. These included:
We have also hosted a number of what we are calling ‘linking events’ to support the exchange and dissemination of learning between projects to enhance their potential more widely, including:
We are in the process of developing a second linking event in partnership with ClimateXChange and Sniffer/Adaptation Scotland.
Our work in this area isn’t unique, although the context of Scotland’s ambitious Climate Change commitments, as well as wider historical, social and cultural factors, have implications for what we do and how we do it. Here are some references to work, projects and writing which we find inspiring:
We are keen to continue building on the positive partnerships already instigated through culture/SHIFT, particularly with those working in the areas including urban planning, environmental management, sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
To find out more about culture/SHIFT and related work please contact Creative Carbon Scotland Producer Gemma at Gemma.firstname.lastname@example.org
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