The results are in! Arts Council England has published Sustaining Great Art, a report presenting results from the first year of environmental reporting by major revenue funded organisations, produced in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle. An outstanding 90% of all 704 major revenue funded Arts Council organisations got involved, 79% felt that it has made a positive difference to their organisation, and 86% felt that it can make a positive difference to the arts and cultural sector. The results have been compiled into the single largest data set on the carbon emissions of arts organisations globally, and this achievement is already having ripple effects both in the UK and internationally.
TAKE PART IN OUR SURVEY!
Last chance to take part in our Sustaining Creativity survey now in its final days. If you respond by 5pm today you will be entered into the draw to win a case of English champagne in time for Christmas! Responses submitted after 5pm will still be included in the survey analysis. Click here.
We’ve launched Sustaining Creativity, which is looking at what the creative community perceives as the critical drivers for change and the role of sustainability in this process. Watch the highlights from the launch event. Save The Date 5th February 2014
Julie’s Bicycle has partnered with the Royal Opera House and Creative and Cultural Skills to deliver Culture Change, a low carbon support programme for creative businesses based in the East of England. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Culture Change will launch at a conference on 5th February 2014. RSVP for the Culture Change Conference and read more here. Culture Change – Save The Date 5th February 2014
JULIE’S BICYCLE ON THE ROAD
Throughout November and December our Environmental Sustainability team have been touring the UK, carrying out a series of workshops for Arts Council England organisations. Kicking off at the Shed at National Theatre London, they’ve been as far as Sage Gateshead, Leeds Art Gallery, mac Birmingham, Bristol Old Vic, Free Word London and Cornerhouse Manchester. Feedback and results have been encouraging with 83% of attendees agreeing workshops were excellent or good. Thanks to everyone who has hosted or joined one of our 13 sessions across the country over the Autumn. We’ve had a good time, learnt a lot and been rejuvenated by your work. The team have also been sharing results and learnings from the first year of environmental reporting with Arts Council Relationship Managers, including next steps and how they can support organisations alongside Julie’s Bicycle. We’ve already visited London, the North East, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West, and will be visiting the East, South East and South West offices in early 2014.
Julie’s Bicycle is doing a series of pan-European workshops on sustainability and the visual arts, starting with a session in Spain, organised by artist residency resource hub Art Motile and hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Coruna, Galicia. As part of the Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA), we will be working with partners/good friends including Trans Artists, Cape Farewell and Tipping Point. We will be working with local arts organisations in seven European countries – from Scotland to Serbia – looking at sustainability challenges and opportunities in artistic practice, and its relationship to audiences.
POWERFUL THINKING: NEW WEBSITE
Powerful Thinking – the non-profit think-do tank on sustainable energy at festivals (of which Julie’s Bicycle is a founding member) – now has its own website, featuring case studies, resources and news. Have a browse, and we’ll update you soon on the exciting plans emerging for festival industry action on climate change.
SHAMBALA ACHIEVE 3 STARS AGAIN
Shambala has been awarded a 3 star Industry Green certification for the 2013 festival. This is their fourth certification and, in an Industry Green first, they have been awarded 3 stars for three out of four years – congratulations! Between 2009 and 2013 Shambala reduced carbon emissions per audience member by an outstanding 81% (based on energy, water, waste water and waste), with a 32% reduction between 2012 and 2013 alone. Read more in our case study.
CENTRAL WIN GREEN GOWN AWARD
Congratulations to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama who have won a 2013 Green Gown Award for ‘Cabaret’, a sustainable production pilot undertaken in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle. The judges highlighted the role of theatre and the focus on future practice. Read more here. We’ll be working with Central on their next ‘green’ production of ‘Greece’ in 2014.
LTC GREEN AWARDS 2013
Our 3 year sustainability partnership with the London Theatre Consortium, a network of thirteen producing theatres, is coming to a close. Each year we recognise amazing achievement with the LTC Green Awards and In 2013 the winners were:
Green Venue of the Year Battersea Arts Centre
for integrating environmental thinking across all project teams, and their capital redevelopment project.
Most Improved Venue Young Vic
for their sustainable production pilot, After Miss Julie, and proven emissions reductions.
Greatest Emissions Reduction Theatre Royal Stratford East
for an outstanding reduction of 47% in relative energy emissions.
Since 2010 the LTC has collectively reduced absolute energy emissions by 10% and saved over 350 tonnes of CO2e. That is a fantastic achievement so congratulations all round!
On the 26th November we launched, with think tank Meteos and 100 exceptional women, alice. alice is a new leadership voice fit to deal with the urgent and accumulating social and environmental challenges we face. alice seeks to encourage leadership that is collegiate, distributed and generous, with the ambition to find collective and durable solutions to the common obstacles we face. Find out more and sign up here.