The Green Art Lab Alliance

The Green Art Lab Alliance

From 2013 to 2015 we collaborated with Glasgow Arts and Glasgow City Council - Environment and Strategy - to participate in an EU project The Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) which brought together 19 artistic and cultural partners from across Europe to explore the concept of sustainability in practical, ethical and artistic ways.

The Green Art Lab Alliance was a European Union-funded project bringing together cultural partners from all over Europe to look at mobility and sustainability in the cultural sector. Creative Carbon Scotland was a full member, along with Glasgow Life. The project ran for two years with three general meetings (the last of which was hosted in Glasgow with CCS organising) and multiple local workshops and labs along the way. Each of the European cultural organisations involved undertook creative investigations into the arts and sustainability.

The Green Tease

Our contribution to the GALA project was to engage a wide range of artistic organisations and individuals in Glasgow with environmental sustainability. As part of this, we focused on our Green Tease programme – a monthly get together which brought together arts and sustainability folk in Glasgow. Through the project we aimed to build a community of practice in Glasgow against the backdrop of the Commonwealth Games 2014 in order to spread best practice in the cultural sector and beyond to Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and the rest of the city.

Our Glasgow speakers included:

The Green Tease got a real boost from the GALA project and has continued to thrive in Glasgow, so our plan seems to have worked! Building on that success, since June 2014 we’ve also been running Green Teases in Edinburgh. Find out more about Green Tease and our past events here, and see our Events page for details on our next Green Tease.

Glasgow’s Green: Imagining a sustainable city

The final Green Art Lab Alliance meeting took place at Tramway in Glasgow from 12th-14th March 2015. The third day of this meeting was open to the public for Glasgow’s Green: Imagining a sustainable city, and included an energetic line-up of artist led workshops and drop-in opportunities around arts and sustainability. Programme details can be found on our GALA 2015 Blog.

The popularity and success of that day taught us two things: that there are lots of people doing lots of interesting work in this field; and that we needed to find ways to help them publicise what they are doing and make contacts. This has influenced our work since then as we have introduced the facility for anyone to post events and news on our website and introduced the Green Tease Open Call.

Download the full report on the GALA Final Meeting held at Tramway in March 2015 (4MB).

If you would like to be added to the Green Tease mailing list, or find out more about GALA, please email




With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union and Glasgow City Council – Environment and Strategy


You can keep up-to-date with the Green Art Lab Alliance at green arts in the EU through the GALA Facebook page.


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