Local focus, global challenges A photography competition – The Sustainable Earth Institute – Open to all, focused on global sustainability
Sustainability challenges are global, but affect us locally.
Rail lines under increasing threat as sea levels rise, meaning South West of England could be disrupted for more than ten per cent of each year by 2040, bee numbers in decline globally due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and disease, and tiny plastic microbeads being released into waste water during each use of a domestic washing machine, with many of them likely to pass through sewage treatment and into the environment.
These are some of the greatest sustainability challenges we face today.
This competition opens on Monday 16 January 2017, and closes on Friday 31 March.
This competition asks you to photograph environmental and sustainability challenges in the following categories:
- Sustainable Plymouth
- Sustainable South West
Themes within these categories include but are not limited to food, health and wellbeing, education, clean air and water, energy, and growth.
- Student winner: £100 photography voucher
- Staff winner: £100 photography voucher
- Public winner: £100 photography voucher and 2 free places at Sustainable Earth 2017 (29 and 30 June, Plymouth University)
Your photo, along with a 200 (max) word summary of how your photo represents sustainability should be sent to Kirsty Henderson no later than 12 noon on Friday 31 March 2017. Please send your email as an attachment or as a link on a file hosting website.
Please include the following information in your submission:
- Full name and email address
- Contact number
- Title of your photo
- Which category you are entering (Sustainable South West or Sustainable Plymouth)
- If you’re a staff, student or a member of the public
Winners will be announced Monday 5 June 2017.
From the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona we are launching the second edition of the Cultural Innovation International Prize. The theme for this edition is CLIMATE CHANGE
How can we tackle the challenges of climate change from the cultural sphere? The second award of the Cultural Innovation International Prize encourages projects that offer imaginative and effective solutions to one of the biggest global problems of the 21st century.
The Prize is open to cultural innovative projects that raise awareness about climate change. The proposal must empower and involve society actively in commitment to environmental responsibility.
The winning project will be included in the exhibition “After the End of the World” (October 2017)
HeHe’s Lovelock Commission ‘Cloud Crash’ collides with MSI Manchester this October
What if you could see the effect of our actions on the environment in vivid technicolour?
“We are proud to sponsor this year’s Lovelock Commission, a prestigious collaboration with a history of successfully engaging new audiences with vital issues around climate change. These impressive pieces showcase environmental science in a new light, bringing the science we live and breathe to viewers in a compelling and innovative way.” Alison Robinson, Director of Corporate Affairs, NERC
On the 20th October, for Cape Farewell’s annual Lovelock Art Commission at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (MSI), Paris-based artists HeHe – Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen – present the world premiere of Cloud Crash. The artists have taken inspiration from pioneering climate scientist James Lovelock’s Gaia Theory and ground-breaking science funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), to bring atmospheric science powerfully to life across the MSI site.
Three exciting new pieces placed in-situ across the museum – Airbag, Burnout and Diamonds In The Sky – depict micro-climates, pollution and artificially engineered clouds in provocative new contexts, blurring the boundaries between the natural and the man-made. They ask us to consider society’s role in environmental destabilisation, and ways forward to a cleaner, healthier future.
This year our Lovelock programme collaborates with NERC’s Into The Blue campaign, a series of showcase events in the Northwest throughout October that celebrate the environmental science we live and breathe.
‘Clouds act upon the climate in both real and imaginary ways. Earth’s atmosphere is changing in such profound ways that the notion of pure natural clouds, untouched by mankind, belong to a more innocent age. The visual presence of man-made clouds, increasingly rare, lays bare the inseparable relationship between humans and the environment.’ HeHe, 2016
Cloud Crash Preview and In-Conversation – Thursday 20 October 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm – HeHe present a special viewing of their new work Cloud Crash. HeHe discuss how their installations offer a cultural response to James Lovelock’s work, while scientists from the Natural Environment Research Council reveal their latest research into atmospherics.
Cloud Crash Artists Tours and Family Workshops – Saturday 22 October 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm all day – Join HeHe on artist-led tours across the three pieces, and take part in drop-in family workshops bringing pollution to life in words and pictures, led by the wonderful artist Emma Harnett.
Sponsored by Institution of Civil Engineers
Regen SW’s Green Energy Awards are now in the 13th year and have been recognising and celebrating the achievements of pioneers and projects in the sustainable energy industry.
Over the past 3 years, Regen SW has been developing an arts and energy programme and now, for the first time, they are awarding an Arts and Green Energy Award with a prize of £1000.
The Green Energy Awards are one of Regen SW’s most popular events and we hope that this award will raise awareness of arts and energy practice and the opportunities that these projects present across the sustainable energy sector. Around 300 guests attend the dinner and tickets always sell out really fast.
Arts and Green Energy Award – Prize of £1000
This award is designed to recognise the crucial role that creative practitioners play in challenging, deepening and broadening the energy debate. We welcome nominations from a range of art-forms
- Tell us about this arts and energy project
- How has the project engaged audiences / participants?
- What is the project’s legacy
- What is the significance of the project on a county, regional or national level?
How to enter
1) The first stage is a short 250 word nomination by 8 September 2016
Fill in the form on Regen SW’s website, including your 250 words on why your project should receive the Arts and Green Energy Award 2016. TIP – take a look at the criteria above!
2) You will be notified by email on the 12 September 2016 if you are through to the next round where you are required to provide a full nomination with supporting evidence by 26 September 2016.
Short-listed candidates will be invited to the prestigious awards ceremony at The Assembly Rooms in Bath on 29 November 2016.
- Most Proactive Public Sector Organisation
- Sustainable Energy Installer of the Year
- Best Business Innovation
- Best Renewable Energy Scheme
- South West Sustainable Energy Champion, sponsored by The Crown Estate
- Best Energy Efficiency Building Scheme
- Best Community Initiative, sponsored by SSEPD
The Institution of Civil Engineers are proud sponsors of this award that comes at the launch of the ICE Arts and Energy 200 – Bicentenary celebration project. This competition to create art the generates electricity is being developed in collaboration with Land Art Generator Initiative.
You can find out more about this competition at ‘Feeding the Insatiable’ – a creative summit November 9-11 2016 in Dartington, Devon
ICE Arts & Energy 200 – A clean energy generating art competition
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), working in collaboration with Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) and the sustainable energy experts Regen SW, are developing a high profile art competition completed in time for the Institution’s 200th Anniversary in 2018 and a permanent art installation forming part of the long-term legacy.
ICE Arts & Energy 200 will challenge will challenge artists and designers to collaborate with civil engineers, to construct an iconic piece of public art that also generates energy at scale.
This project is currently in development and we are looking for an appropriate site, partners and funds. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved with this project.
THE IDEAL SITE WILL BE:
- Visible by many people, potentially from a main transport route
- Able to harness renewable energy resources
- Contained within a rich conceptual or historical backdrop from which artists can be inspired
- Suitable for Planning purposes and with a grid connection or energy user
- Located in a space that is visually captivating
- Owned by an entity that will be a good partner
- Accessible for learning
A shortlist of artists will each win:
- A cash prize and a concept design stipend to develop their idea further in the second stage.
- The opportunity to collaborate with a high profile civil engineering company to develop the proposal
- Inclusion in a publication and documentary about the project
- Participation in an art exhibition at the ICE’s prestigious headquarters in Westminster and at the actual project site
- The opportunity to win the final commission, which will be located in a highly visible location.
- The competition will be judged by a prestigious panel of experts from the arts, engineering, and energy sectors, and with input from local stakeholders and community members.
Through the design and build of this innovative piece of public art that generates energy we will celebrate:
- The ICE Bicentenary in 2018 – marking the moment when the cost of renewable energy development is on par with other energy generation technologies
- The talents of artists and engineers working together
- The power of communities to bring about change
- The history of energy generation and a new vision of the future
We will focus attention on some of the important questions of our age:
- How will we power our economy going forward?
- How can we respond to the challenges presented by climate change and extreme weather events?
- How civil engineers build the essential infrastructure upon which society depends
- How individuals and communities can affect change and be at the centre of the decision making process
- What role can artists and designers play in challenging society and in bringing about change?
Established in 1818 and with over 85,000 members in 187 countries, ICE is the oldest professional engineering body in the world. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise.
Land Art Generator Initiative
Through competitions and educational outreach LAGI is showing how innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration, culture, and the expanding role of technology in art can help to shape the aesthetic impact of renewable energy on our constructed and natural environments. The goal of LAGI is to design and construct a series of large-scale site-specific public art installations that uniquely combine art with utility-scale clean energy generation.
Regen SW is an independent not for profit established in 2003 that uses expertise in sustainable energy to work with industry, communities and the public sector to revolutionise the way we generate, supply and use energy.
Schumacher College is an international centre for nature-based education, personal transformation and collective action. Come here for short courses and postgraduate study with the leading thinkers, practitioners and activists of our time. The College is launching an Arts & Ecology programme, leading towards a new MA in Arts & Ecology in 2017.
- 17 March 2016 – 9-10am Smart Energy Marketplace, Sandy Park, Exeter
A invitation only event for potential project partners to find out more and or get involved in the project
- 12 October 2016 Schumacher College, Devon
- 13-15 October 2016 Schumacher College, Devon
Arts and Energy Symposium
“As we move towards our renewable energy future we should recognize the inherent differences that exist between the old and the new means of energy production and the change to built manifestations that consequently follow from this shift. When power generation facilities were adapted for the urban environment in previous eras, they necessarily responded to the aesthetic considerations of the time required of them to integrate with the fabric of the community. As the days of the gas or coal fired power plant at the farthest outskirts of the city come to a close, we will find more and more integration of energy production within the fabric of our commercial and residential communities. The need for large-scale exurban generation will always be there, but it will be augmented more and more by urban and rural micro-generation and mid-scale generation.
We live in a world that cross-culturally puts a high emphasis on design. As energy generation necessarily comes in closer proximity with the real estate that it powers, issues of aesthetics that drive acceptance are becoming more and more debated. A holistic approach to a renewable energy infrastructure has a place for both macro and micro-generation.
Macro installations in the landscape should also take care in their design to integrate with their surroundings both visually and environmentally. Micro installations should take care in their designs to integrate with the fabric of the urban community. Just as buildings and public art and land art exist as interventions in the fabric of the environment, so must power generation constructions—from our green fields to our suburbs to our downtowns—react responsibly to their role as permanent additions to our shared experience.
We have, on the one hand, an ever increasing drive toward designing buildings and cities to run on 100% renewable energy. The design community and city planners are moving in this direction driven by the collective will of society. On the other hand, we have technologies proliferating that are still rather utilitarian in their form such as the standard horizontal axis, three blade wind turbine. And these utilitarian forms are seeing some pushback from individual communities, especially as they come closer and closer to the city. The first warning signs of this are seen in rural mountaintop residential communities and coastal communities but this debate will only get more and more heated as the devices integrate into more dense urban environments.
What is needed in order to bridge the gap—between the larger desire for a renewable future and the community level negative reactions to the application of the systems required for it—is an artistic movement that can set a course towards aesthetic considerations in sustainable infrastructure.
Because, after all, sustainability in communities is not only about resources, it is also about harmony.” Land Art Generator Initiative
LAGI is currently working with Glasgow City Council to develop an art and energy project to regenerate a plot in Port Dundas.
The LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE is pleased to announce that our fourth biennial design competition will launch on January 1st, 2016 with the City of Santa Monica as a site partner. The winning proposal will take home the $15,000 USD prize award presented at GREENBUILD 2016.
On January 1st, the complete design brief and all of the supplemental information that you’ll need will be found at landartgenerator.org/designcomp. Please forward this email to anyone who you think might be interested in participating.
LAGI 2016 will invite you to design a site-specific public artwork that generates clean electricity and/or drinking water for Southern California at a utility scale. The site includes the breakwater adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier, and it offers the opportunity to utilize wave and tidal energy as well as wind, solar, and other technologies.
The competition is open to anyone and there is no fee to enter! Past participants have included artists, architects, engineers, landscape architects, and scientists, working in interdisciplinary teams of up to 20 people, or sometimes alone. We’ve also had wonderful (and sometimes winning) proposals come in from university design studios of all sorts that use the LAGI brief as their spring semester design challenge.
When you enter the LAGI design competition, you join a growing network of conscientious designers who are taking a proactive role in fighting climate change while beautifying our cities and landscapes. We are now calling on past participants (regardless of winning status) to participate in new design challenges for cities.
As we’ve lerned from past LAGI design competitions, the world is rich with creative and beautiful solutions to the problems of climate change and energy security. This year, in response to the severe drought facing California, we are looking forward seeing design proposals that address sustainable water infrastructures as well.
Follow THIS LINK to see our esteemed list of LAGI 2016 jurors. We are incredibly grateful for their generosity and we look forward to working with them after the May 15, 2016 submission deadline.
We are fortunate to have an amazing list of partners for LAGI 2016, including the CITY OF SANTA MONICA and the SANTA MONICA PIER, GREEN PUBLIC ART CONSULTANCY (we can’t thank Rebecca Ansert Ehemann enough for working with us to bring LAGI to Southern California!), USGBC-LA (the LA Chapter of the US Green Building Council), ARTS:EARTH PARTNERSHIP, MOAH (Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA), and THE BAY FOUNDATION. We’ll be announcing more partners and supporters prior to the January 1st launch.
To get inspired, check out the entire portfolio of past submissions HERE.
Santa Monica has been recognized as one of the TOP TEN SUSTAINABLE CITIES in the United States and we could not have asked for a more supportive site partner.
In addition to our LAGI 2016 competition, we are holding a LAGI 2015–2016 Youth Prize for those aged 18 and below. The Youth Prize is currently open and runs from August 15, 2015 – May 15 2016. Young people can participate on their own, through classrooms, in after school programs, or in teams of their choice! More information can be found HERE.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing your ideas in 2016!
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