Artsadmin’s next 2 Degrees Festival will take place in June 2017. As a key part of the festival programme we are opening a call for proposal for a new participatory project. With the support TippingPoint, we are offering one commission of £7,500 for an artist to develop and produce a new project for 2 Degrees Festival 2017 that aims to inspire, connect and empower people to create solutions for a sustainable future.
2 Degrees Festival is Artsadmin’s biennial celebration of art, environment and activism. The programme invites artists to present cutting-edge responses to climate change, urging us all to act now to build a more positive future.
- Applicants can be individuals or groups/collectives
- Applicants must be based in the UK
- Proposed projects must take place during 2 Degrees 2017, the week of 12-18 June 2017
- Applicants must propose a new project
- Applicants and proposed projects can use any art form but the audience must have an active or participatory role
- Artists who are currently produced by Artsadmin may not apply
Download the Open Call PDF here for full information including how to apply.
Application deadline: Midday, Friday 11 November 2016.
|An Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project ‘Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future’ aims to help to revive public and political conversations about energy by looking in a fresh way at its past, present and future. Artists led by Tipping Point and Visiting arts are working with communities and university researchers.
Story 1: Policy Story: Demanding Times gathers a novel mix of communities of interest around energy policy, and generates new accounts of energy policy and politics past, present and future. Story 2: Industry Story: Future Works is rooted in the English midlands, and seeks to unearth fresh accounts of the long relationship between energy, industrial making and landscape, and explores where it might go next. Story 3: Everyday Story: Life Cycles engages with the role that energy resources have played in shaping communities and everyday life in south Wales.
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.
Friday 7 October 2016, Leeds, UK
The Light Up the North Network & Light Night Leeds invites you to an international symposium on Friday 7 October 2016 – Light, Art, Cities. The 2016 international symposium will be hosted by Leeds and will be over the Light Night Leeds festival, allowing delegates to attend the event and enjoy a light festival in progress.
The event will be at The Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square on the Friday, with fringe activities including guided tours, networking sessions and funding seminars on Thursday evening and Saturday morning. We are inviting artists, organisations, venues, producers, universities, the commercial sector and local authorities from the UK, Europe and beyond.
The symposium will include keynote speakers from light artists, festivals producers and the commercial sector from the UK and across Europe. The programme will be divided into 4 themes: place, artist, audience and sustainability. This event is the opportunity to harness and develop what is already being delivered across the globe and how we can enhance the experience for artist, audience and their city.
The genesis of the event follows on from visits to other festivals and conferences by the LUTN consortium and the desire to support the growing programme of activities in the UK and internationally.
The key aims of Light, Arts Cities are to:
- Provide inspiring content that we can share with the whole sector
- Provoke and examine new thinking
- Generate new ideas for collaboration and connection
- Provide networking opportunities and a space and a time to re-examine our relationship with the light festivals
- Inspire and offer leadership examples by providing provocation, debate and keynote challenges
The Light Up the North Network include: Blackpool; Illuminating York; Light Up Lancaster; Durham Lumiere; Enchanted Parks, Gateshead; Quay Culture, Salford; and Light Night, Leeds.
Delegate Passes: Individuals: £20 Organisations: £38 Tickets will be available shortly online at www.lightnightleeds.co.uk
This year will see the fourth Community Energy Fortnight, which will run from the 3rd to 18th September 2016, and is once again supported by The Co-operative Energy.
The Fortnight will continue to showcase inspiring examples of communities who are sharing their resources and generating renewable energy and wasting less – embracing technologies as diverse as solar-PV arrays, wind turbines, hydro-electricity and biomass heat.
Community energy in the UK has never been more successful, vibrant or necessary – with 2016 seeing record levels of deployment and the sector finally beginning to make a real impact at scale. However, current initiatives have been possible through financial support models, such as the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) subsidy and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief regimes, which have now been withdrawn for future projects.
This means that by 2018 the community energy sector will need to have developed radically new models of operation if it is to continue moving forward and develop at scale.
This year’s Community Energy Fortnight, Powering Forward, will therefore not only celebrate successful current projects, but also bring discussion and explore options for development of new models to face the challenges ahead. The Fortnight will be the most relevant and important yet.
Ramsay Dunning, Managing Director of Co-operative Energy commented:
“Community Energy projects have a unique ability to drive change and empower citizens, which is why we are so keen to support the Fortnight and see it go from strength to strength. The UK has become a hotbed of community energy innovation and we need to see this continue. At Co-operative Energy we are proud that the number of active energy supply agreements we have with community energy generators increased from nine to thirteen last year. Our customers can pair their supply with these and other renewables projects via our User Chooser facility, which recently beat off over three hundred entries from across Europe to win the EU Renewable Energy Award.”
This year’s events will be under four themes that explore current topical issues facing community energy:
· Exploring new approaches – new business models for community energy?
· Stories from abroad – inspiration from other countries
· Seeing and celebrating – showcasing successful projects and initiatives
· Powering up – training, skills-building, learning events and workshops
To keep updated, please sign up to our newsletter. All the events happening during Community Energy Fortnight 2016 will be announced on our event page. You can also follow#CEF16 on Twitter @CEFortnight.
If you’re interested in getting involved and running an event, or would like to know more information, please contact us here.
A MIDSUMMER FEAST IN WADEBRIDGE – come and enjoy a feast for the eyes, ears, mind and soul!
This summer WREN and FEAST are delighted to be hosting A Midsummer Feast, in and around the town of Wadebridge, celebrating the meeting-point between arts and energy through a wonderful array of lively community arts events, performances, workshops and exhibitions.
Below are full listings of all the Midsummer Feast events and happenings that are taking place with information on each one. Come and see a fantastic community theatre show, hear some spoken words, enjoy some specially themed music and catch the art trail that is appearing all around Wadebridge between June 21st – 26th.
That’s not all! You can also get more involved… If you want to write, to create and submit an art work for the Art trail, or even sing a weather-themed song to a live and appreciative audience, then please get in touch!
There’s something for everyone, and we hope you can come and be part of our Feast this Midsummer! You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on art and writing opportunities and you can buy tickets for most events either at Wadebridge Bookshop (cash or cheque only) or at http://www.crbo.co.uk 01726 879500.
A Midsummer Feast is a not-for-profit community event and is organised by Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network and funded by FEAST – a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall – with assistance from Cornwall Council’s Community Chest.
FEAST is a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall.
FEAST harnesses the talents and energy of Cornwall’s artists and communities, generating new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. The focus is on bringing people together to share experiences as audiences or participants, and on animating local celebrations and cultural life.
Investment for FEAST comes from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. The programme is managed by Creative Kernow Limited.
Business sponsors (at time of going to print) include Innes Architects, The Ship Inn, Nirvana, Relish, Sproull Solicitors, Baker Tom, Wadebridge Wines, Impress 51, Carnego Systems, Artyfacts, Elixir, Wadebridge Bookshop, Hewitts Bar & Kitchen, Coastal Spaces, Rural Urban, and The Shed Café.
Exhibition Call Out!
Call for Visual Art Works on the theme of energy!
A Feast for the Eyes – Community Arts Exhibition Trail
Do you paint, draw, take photographs or create any other kind of 2D artwork? Are you interested in exhibiting your work at a special community exhibition as part of the Midsummer Feast diary of events in late June?
We want to hear from you!
For further information please email email@example.com.
Workshops Call Out!
Saturday 21st May
A Midsummer Feast Community Arts Workshop
WREN Energy Shop, The Platt, Wadebridge
11.30am – 2.30pm FREE drop-in workshop
Come and work with Wadebridge artist Laura Frances Martin to transform your ideas and thoughts for the future of our town and locale into 2D art works that will then be formed into unique windmills, to be displayed as part of the Midsummer Feast arts trail. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Saturday 4th June
A Midsummer Feast Writing Workshop
The Goods Shed, Southern Way, Wadebridge
All day workshop on 4th June.
Only 12 places available, 8 of those reserved for people who live or work in Wadebridge and the surrounding parishes – to participate you MUST book in advance, for more information and booking, email email@example.com
Spend a day with writer/performance poet Matt Harvey in an energy-themed workshop in three parts, cunningly spread over two sessions… Matt says: “First we’ll write together, trying out different approaches to writing and generating material via high pressure, low-expectation exercises, then there’ll be time for one-to-one attention to look at work in progress; and finally we’ll spend time on presenting and performing work, exploring the edge of confidence and diffidence.”
Some workshop participants will be offered the subsequent opportunity to further brush up their performance skills with vocal coach Morwenna Gee and to perform their work at the Midsummer Feast Cabaret Night – A Feast of Words – on the evening of the 21st June at the Ship Inn or at A Feast For the Ears, a Spot the Dog special at Hewitts Bar and Kitchen on 22nd June.
Events and Exhibitions
Tuesday 21st – Sunday 26th June
A Feast for the Eyes – Community Art Exhibition Trail,
WREN Energy Shop: Tuesday 21st June – Sunday 26th June, 11am-3pm
Wadebridge Library: Tuesday 21st June, Thursday 23rd June & Friday 24th June: 9.30am – 5pm; Saturday 25th June, 10am-1pm
Relish Food and Drink: Tuesday 21st June – Saturday 25th June, 9am – 4pm
Themed around energy, come and enjoy a wonderfully diverse collection of 2D and 3D works created by community members, including local school pupils alongside professional artists in venues across the town of Wadebridge as part of the Midsummer Feast diary of events. More information and full opening times to be announced – please watch local press for details.
Tuesday 21st June
A Feast of Words
Ship Inn, Gonvena Hill, Wadebridge
7.30pm Tickets £6 http://www.crbo.co.uk 01726 879500 or Wadebridge Bookshop (cash or cheques only).
Join performance poet with-a-difference Matt Harvey and a host of local writer-performers for a highly entertaining and no doubt thought-provoking cabaret-style event, centred around the theme of energy, at this award-winning local pub.
Wednesday 22nd June
A Feast for the Ear
A Spot the Dog special on the themes of energy and the weather
Hewitt’s Bar & Kitchen, Molesworth Street, Wadebridge
8.30pm FREE Event
Join local musicians, poets, singers, raconteurs and more to explore, entertain and be entertained on the theme of energy, particularly the weather that creates much of our renewable energy, in a specially-themed session of this highly popular fortnightly event.
Friday 24th June, Saturday 25th June
A Midsummer Feast and Hopeful Monsters present:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Wadebridge Primary Academy
Friday 24th at 7.30pm; Saturday 25th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tickets £6/£4 from Wadebridge Primary Academy, Wadebridge Bookshop (cash or cheques only) or http://www.crbo.co.uk 01726 879500
Directed by Lucy Gordon-Clark, this specially-adapted interpretation of Shakespeare’s favourite comedy with an energy twist has been cleverly created using recycled props, costumes and scenery and with minimal carbon impact! A fantastic cast of community actors tell this delightful tale of magical midsummer night shenanigans, misunderstandings and mischief just for you.
OFF GRID FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR 2016 We’re super-excited to announce that, subject to a successful Crowdfunder campaign, Off-Grid Festival will be returning in 2016 with an all new event. The festival will take place from August 11th to 14th at the new Biophilia Project on Goffin Land near Exeter, Devon with a limited capacity.
MUSIC – The best of the local and grassroots. Come watch the pick of the acts each night in our beautiful timber-frame barn
- Five Finger Discount
- Voodoo Swamp
- Andy Letcher
- Insomniac Jack
- The TTs
- Dora Darling
- Fly Yeti Fly
- Avalon Roots (TBC)
- Nick Rosen – The Story of Off Grid in the UK
- Jay Tompt – REconomy and Local Entrepreneur Forums
- Johnny Gordon-Fairleigh – Stir to Action / The Future of Work
- Adelia Tisdall – Positive Money
- Julian Pratt – Land Value Tax
- Jonathan Dawson – Schumacher College
- Brett Scott – Alternative Finance (TBC)
- Anna Laycock – The Finance Innovation Lab
- Mary Daniels – Alternatives and NCS
- Jamie Catto – What about Intimacy?
- David Parkes – Community Juice
- Marcus Letts – Euboea.io
- Anton Chernikov – The Exponentials
- Gill Wyatt – Exeter Community Energy (ECOE)
- Trudy Turrell – Resisting Development as a Community
- Michael Thomas – Transition Network – Is Transition a revolutionary movement?
- Tony Conway – Vale Das Lobas: Innovation and Ancient Traditions
- Ecological Constellations with Audaye Elesedy
- Legal Surgeries (Low-Impact Planning and Renewables) with Sonya Bedford
- Social Enterprise Funding Surgeries with Alex Lawrie
- DIY Solar Panels & Battery Packs with Demand Energy Equality
- WeTheUncivilised – New documentary showing in our Off Grid Cinema. More films TBC
- Off Grid Kids Area and Forest School
- Serenity Field – Therapies and Well Being
- Crafts and Alt. Tech Area
- Wildwoods Bushcraft Zone with Sylvan Adventures
- Local and Organic Food at the Field Canteen
- Local and Organic Beers, Ciders and Wine