Where do our artist materials come from, and where do they go when we are done with them? Might someone else find useful what we consider rubbish? Can we do better together?
We, as artists and arts organisations, can make a real impact on sustainability, not only by producing work that relates to environmental matters, but also by looking at making our practices and processes ‘greener’ and more environmentally sustainable.
Therefore we are very proud for Bow Arts, in collaboration with Artsadmin, to have been selected to be part of the first cohort of the Arts Council England and Julie’s Bicycle Accelerator Programme. The Accelerator Programme has been created by Arts Council England and Julie’s Bicycle to support a number of selected arts organisations to advance their sustainable practices and share new skills and knowledge with their peers and the wider sector.
In line with goal 12 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Responsible Consumption and Production, we are going to look at artist practices, supply chains, waste disposal, and reuse versus recycling, amongst other issues and topics. We are planning an exciting programme, from talks and focus groups, to artist workshops and CPD sessions, to repair cafés and swap shops. Parallel to this, we will be developing a set of guidelines that can easily be adapted by other organisations in the arts and beyond, offering a framework to review and rework practices.
If you are interested in getting involved with this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to hear from you!
You can read more about the programme on Julie’s Bicycle’s website here and find out which other exciting organisations are part of the first cohort.