Art in a time of climate crisis

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The world is in a state of climate crisis, and creatives can play an important role in not only raising awareness and disseminating vital environmental information, but also exploring paths forward.

Applications opened on Wednesday 5 May to submit initial proposals for the Scene Stirling Climate Change/COP 26 Commissions scheme and will remain open until Sunday 13 June at 11:55pm.

Up to 5 artists will be selected to work as part of a cohort to develop a collaborative project around the theme of Climate Change and the Arts in the lead up to COP 26, in November 2021 – The United Nations Climate Change Conference.

As this is a peer-learning opportunity, Scene Stirling are not looking for finished proposals at this stage – they expect the cohort, once formed, to be working jointly to design a collaborative programme in August 2021.

What they are looking for now is an overview of what you would bring to the table, your previous experience, your understanding of the relationship between climate change and the arts, and most of all your motivation to apply to be part of the commissioned cohort.

Each successful candidate will be awarded:

  • £2000 commission fee
  • the opportunity to be paired with a suitable professional member
  • dedicated workshops and resources to build digital and PR skills (July/August 2021, dates TBC).

Artists who choose to create artworks on this subject must – in the view of artist – offer entry points to their audiences, bring people onboard, collaborate, engage, challenge and question.

‘For there is no time to waste in tackling the plethora of issues our planet faces’.

As part of the scheme, the cohort will also have an exciting opportunity to lead a programme/workshop/event in the lead up to COP 26 in November 2021.

Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application, and if successful allocated an interview slot, by Friday 18th June 2021.

Interviews will be held the week commencing 21 June 2021 and the Final outcome will be announced to interviewed candidates on Monday 28th June 2021.

If you wish to discuss your application, the team at Scene Stirling would be happy to support you at any stage; just email them at

Pathway sessions with David Cass

Scene Stirling are hosting an online Pathways Session with artist David Cass, on the topic of Art in a Time of Climate Crisis. The session will also be a networking opportunity for creatives interested in finding out more or applying for the Climate Change Commissions.

This Zoom session will explore how each individual can add to the climate conversation through creative work, perhaps even to the extent that solutions are offered.

Scene Stirling are asking you to Join the conversation on Tuesday 8th June, you can book your free ticket below:

Edinburgh born artist David Cass has exhibited his multidisciplinary work in a range of venues and festivals since graduating in 2010: these include Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, MAXXI Museum in Rome, The Royal Academy (London), The Scottish Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh).

Cass creates three-dimensional paintings using exclusively found materials sourced at flea-markets and antique fairs; though his practice also involves photography, digital media, writing, sculpture, and curation.

His most recent project, ‘The Sea from Here’ (pictured to the left) was one in a series of works involving his audience.

His exhibition activities have had an increasing focus on the environment and sustainability.

In 2022 he’ll present ‘Where Once the Waters’ at the Venice Biennale.

For more information on the zoom session or to apply for this thought provoking competition please visit Climate Change/COP 26 Commissions — SCENESTIRLING

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