Creative Climate Leadership: Wales 2017

Why do we need Creative Climate Leadership?

The success of the COP21 UN Climate Talks and the first universal agreement on climate change – the Paris Agreement – has called for urgent, collaborative and creative leadership. 

Artists and the wider cultural community have a unique and critical role: they deal with the art of the possible and influence new ways of being, doing and thinking. Creative Climate Leadership supports cultural professionals to apply these qualities to the climate challenge through a programme of events, policy labs, training courses, grants and mentoring. 

Creative Climate Leadership is a pan-European project co-funded by Creative Europe. It is led by Julie’s Bicycle and delivered in partnership with seven creative and cultural partners.

Who can apply?

We received an overwhelming response to the first call for applications to attend the inaugural Creative Climate Leadership training course in March 2017. We had interest from museums, universities, theatres, producers, promoters, scientists, advertisers, fashion houses, musicians, venues, galleries, visual artists, festivals, filmmakers, writers, publishing and more.

In total we received 108 applications from all corners of the globe. 

Meet the first cohort of Creative Climate Leaders:

Annie Crabtree, NVA, Scotland
Shiya Lu, Ibsen International, China
Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum, England
Vicki Ooi, Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection, China
Lyke Poortvliet, Independent, Amsterdam
Phillip Kusasa, Ndau Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe
Gavin Porter, Independent, Wales
Janet Vaughan, Talking Birds, England
Charlotte Le Sourd, Independent, France
Carla Danielle Knight, Vivienne Westwood, England
Ian Rimington, Arts Council England, England
Christine Vroom, Het Nieuwe Institut, Amsterdam
Jessica Sim, Circuit, Turkey
Anna-Kaisa Koski, Independent, Finland
Karishma Rafferty, Somerset House, England
Harpreet Kaur, Independent, England
Mish Weaver, StumbleDance Circus, England
Hayley Skipper, Forestry Commission, England
Sigrid Pawelke, Independent, France
Chloe Jeffries, John Ryland Research Institute, England
Michael Soro, Body and Soul Festival, Ireland
Kerry O’Sullivan, Blue Room Theatre, Australia
Victoria Chapman, Festival Republic, England
Ariana Jordao, CAT, Wales
Iris Hung, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taiwan
Vesna Sokolovska, Krug, Macedonia

The Course

The first course took place at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales in March 2017. Participants explored what it means to be a leader, how to build effective collaborations, shape new climate narratives and advocate for climate justice.

Participants are continuing their creative climate journeys through dissemination events, including talks, festivals, blogs and workshops.

“A huge amount of work has been provided by the facilitator team to provide such unique content. Cohesion of the team, fluidity in the way each person was alternatively presenting, different topics, capacity of integrating participants’ remarks into the next steps of the programme.”
– CCL Participant

How can I take part?

The next CCL course will take place between 8-14th October 2017 in Koper, Slovenia. Applications are now closed. The next course will take place in Spring 2018 in the UK. Sign up to the newsletter to stay updated.

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