The biggest Green Arts Conference ever! – Read all about it

30th November 2018

A huge thank you from the Creative Carbon Scotland team everyone involved for making The Green Arts Conference 2018 the best one yet! Catch-up on what happened.

Scotland’s arts & cultural sector came together this month to drive forward action for a better world. Over 150 people came together for the biggest ever – and sold-out – Green Arts Conference: Culture Change!

Catch-up on what happened

Write-ups from the plenary sessions and break-outs have been brought together in the Green Arts Conference: Culture Change report published today (Friday 8 November). This year we had an opening address from the Scottish Government, setting the context in which the sector is working, a first for the conference.

Scotland will achieve 100% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 slide presented by Colin Seditas of Scottish Government

The Green Arts Conference 2018 - Culture Change Conference Report front cover- #GreenArts

This year’s conference had a major theme of adaptation to the effects of climate change with sessions on the specific challenges from the impacts of climate change – such as flooding from more extreme rain – and where opportunities may lie for organisations to positively adapt.

Alongside showcasing projects from members of the Green Arts Initiative like WASPs studios encouraging cycling through providing showers and secure bike parking and Summerhall installing electric car charging points there were examples of organisations working with artists to explore environmental issues through their work.

This year the Green Arts Conference had over 150 participants including from outside of Scotland with representatives from the Irish Theatre Forum in Dublin and Siam Satire, the home of Ireland’s National Folk Theatre, based in Tralee on the west coast and Invisible Dust from London. They joined attendees from across Scotland including Comar from Mull, Pier Arts from Orkney, North Lands Creative from Lybster in Sutherland and Blueprint 100 from Dumfries and a video & twitter link-up with Atlas Arts from Portree on Skye.

A word on Lunch

The catering for any event is always an opportunity for event organisers to make a positive environmental choice, and reducing the amount of meat – especially red meat – and dairy is a great step. This year we took the decision of going for a fully vegan lunch at the conference, walking the walk and all that. We have to say that it’s not always easy working with a new supplier and asking them to try something different. On this occasion we felt the lunch was not as fantastic as you may have been expecting, but it was a learning experience for both us and the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church. We don’t aim to let this put us off, but we will be mindful that fully vegan catering for 150+ people still isn’t an everyday ask and we’ll work with suppliers in the future to get it right.

Stay in touch

If you’re part of a cultural organisation join the Green Arts Initiative so you’re first to know about next year’s conference and what’s happening throughout the year. We had a fantastic time with so many people coming together for The Green Arts Conference: Culture Change, one more big thanks to everyone who was part of it!

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