Open call for underrepresented climate-concerned artists as part of Season for Change

Season for Change, led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin, has launched an open call for UK-based artists underrepresented in climate conversations. Four artists will be chosen that fit the criteria each to be awarded £10,000 for their commissions. 

Season for Change is a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action. Throughout 2020, Season for Change will build towards a live programme of creative work and amplified campaign in spring 2021.

The open call, Common Ground, focuses on creative climate leadership, justice and equitable participation within the climate movement.

To challenge diversity issues within the environmental movement, Common Ground invites applications from artists who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic/POC, refugee, D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, working class and/or LGBTQI+. It will not expect or require them to explore their identity in relation to these groups through the commission.

The programme will support artists who may not have responded directly to environmental concerns before, but have a clear sense of the people, communities and environmental challenges they want to work with.

Common Ground will run from September 2020 to April 2021. The commission offer for UK-based artists, makers or creators working across all art forms includes:

  • A cash award of £10,000 to support the creation of a new, participatory work;
  • Artist development programme to develop artistic practice and leadership within the climate movement;
  • Advocacy and marketing support through Season for Change’s and partners’ websites and social media;
  • Support for access requirements.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Thursday 30 July 2020.

Season for Change will be hosting two online briefings on Thursday 25 June at 3pm and Tuesday 7 July at 11am for applicants to find out more about the Common Ground commissions, meet the Season for Change team and ask questions about applying. Read the full opportunity, FAQs and information on how to apply here.

The Common Ground Artist Development Programme, which sits alongside the commissions, will:

  • Connect the commissioned artists to one another to share and develop their practice through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, individual and group coaching and creative mentoring;
  • Deliver environmental leadership training to support the sustainability of their practice and presence within the wider creative climate movement;
  • Provide bespoke professional development that empowers them with skills, knowledge and opportunities to raise the voice of the communities they work with in the mainstream environmental movement and achieve impact, through facilitated workshops, coaching, group work, peer learning, and guest speakers.

The four new commissioned works will be showcased as part of Season for Change’s nationwide programme, which also includes:

  • 10 participatory commissions with partners nationwide that engage diverse audiences with the climate crisis;
  • Free online events and resources to empower artists and cultural organisations to take action and inspire their audiences and communities;
  • A national campaign of events about climate change and the environment involving over 250 artists and arts organisations across the UK.

'Metis, We Know Not What We May Be', part of Season for Change 2018 / Image: David Sandison

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