Arts & Sustainability 2015 Residency Report

27th March 2016

Arts & Sustainability 2015 Residency Report

In March 2015, we invited twelve artists of different disciplines to join us for our second Arts & Sustainability Artists’ Residency, as well as a museum/art conservator, a researcher, and a polymath who also works for Creative Scotland.

The residency was structured around a weekend-long discussion on the extraordinary and ambitious Sustainable Development Goals proposed by a working group of the United Nations. These 17 goals have been hammered out over two years by 70 countries from both the developed and the developing world and if they are agreed by the UN in September will come into force on 1 January 2016, with the aim of achieving the goals by 2030.

We had a number of ambitions, including:

  • To provide artists, who may or may not have previously thought about environmental sustainability in their practice, with the space and stimuli to consider how it might drive new ways of working;
  • To collectively develop artists’, Creative Carbon Scotland’s and Comar’s thinking about how environmental sustainability can be engaged with in different artistic practices on practical and conceptual levels.
  • To nurture and build a creative community of practice which embeds environmental sustainability at its core.

Read the full Arts & Sustainability 2015 Residency Report here. 

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