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2 Degrees Festival 2017: Open Call

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.

Doing Nothing is Not an Option – June 17-19 2016 – Tipping Point

A major event in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre and Julies Bicycle

This event is intended for everyone concerned with climate change and the role performing arts has in exploring it and its ramifications. It will energise, re-energise and inspire; our aim is that all will leave with a clear sense of direction and purpose, and not a few with concrete ideas or commissions and collaboration that will have the active involvement of producing partners.

COP21 has justifiably been hailed as a diplomatic triumph; it went a long way further than any previous attempts to achieve international consensus on a concerted response to climate change. But a world that includes, in the small corner of the UK, daffodils flowering in December and unprecedented flooding, reminds us of the scale of the chasm between what can be successfully negotiated by the Body Politic and what is actually needed.  The Paris agreement is much better seen as the end of the beginning, rather than something we can take comfort from, a finale.  The fact remains that the West has still not taken on board the scale of action – technological, political, intellectual – needed to deal with this challenge, not by a long chalk.

Taking place at the large Warwick Arts Centre, Doing Nothing is Not an Option – DNNO – will be our most ambitious event ever.  It will offer an opportunity for people in the performing arts sector to reflect on what the subject means for artists today and in the future.  During this three-day gathering, exclusively targeted at the performing arts, 200 people – writers, directors, producers and others, together with climate specialists of all types – will come together to shape new ideas and develop a platform for creative responses and new work. This will take place in the context of a public festival of climate related performance work.

The programme – details here
Using the celebrated methodology TippingPoint has used and refined in five continents, over the three days participants will work, play and eat together. They will share their knowledge, experience and understanding of climate change and will leave feeling affirmed, informed and energised; their horizons broadened, their imaginations enriched and their practice developed. It will be the beginning of a creative journey and a focus for new performance work.

The value of the event
Different people will gain different things from attending this event.  However, our central aim is that all will have a clearer idea of ‘what to do next’ – it is designed specifically to do that.  Particular benefits should include, for people from the performing arts world:

  • –  Greater clarity on the phenomenon of climate change
  • –  The chance to go into real depth on particular aspects of the topic
  • –  The opportunity to identify possible collaborators for creative work
  • –  The chance to access commission opportunities

For people from the research world, our intention is that the event will deliver:

  • –  An opportunity to work closely with creative people from a very different world – who will put a high value on particular expertise
  • –  An entirely new way of getting research into the public domain, of politics and policy
  • –  The potential for very rewarding long term partnerships

We can virtually guarantee that all who attend will leave feeling affirmed, enlightened and reinvigorated, with horizons broadened and work of all types enriched by a sense of purpose and new ideas.

Charges for attendance are as follows; they include all meals and refreshments, though accommodation onsite, very close to Warwick Arts Centre and strongly recommended, will cost extra.  All TIppingPoint events are very carefully designed, with a beginning, middle and end, so we strongly discourage partial attendance. The booking page is here.

For people from arts organisations with grants of over £750k and research institutions £240
For people from arts organistions with grants between £250k and £750k £190
For people from arts organisations with a grant less than £250k £150
For independents £95
An ‘early-bird’ discount of 10% will be available to all those booking before Sunday May 8
Bursaries – application for a limited number of £100 bursaries can made by completing a form here – deadline April 29.

Co-Created Stories of Change: The Role of the Audience in Environmentally Engaged Art – 3:30 1st November – Ovalhouse Theatre, London

We wanted to let you know about this panel discussion that is coming up at Ovalhouse theatre on 1 November at 3.30. The theme of the panel discussion is “Co-Created Stories of Change: The Role of the Audience in Environmentally Engaged Art.” The panellists are Lucy Neal (author of Playing for Time: Making Art as if the World Mattered) Clare Patey (Director of the Empathy Museum), Brian Walters (Deputy Literary Manager of the National Theatre), Robert Butler (co-editor of Culture and Climate Change), Dr Bradon Smith (University of Bath) and Rachel Briscoe (Creative Director of fanSHEN).

The panel will take place after the 2pm performance of fanSHEN and Tipping Point’s new show Invisible Treasure and before the 5pm performance. The panel is free to same day ticket holders. There is more information both about the show and about the panellists below.

If you are busy on 1 November, there is also a panel about Arts and Activism after the 7.30 performance on Thursday 5 November.

About the Panellists


Lucy Neal was a co-founder director of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). She also co-founded Transition Town Tooting. She is the author of Playing for Time: Making Art as if the World Mattered, which explores the role the arts can play in the environmental and transition movements. It is published by Oberon books. She also works as a celebrant.


Clare Patey is Director of The Empathy Museum. She is an artist and curator who creates social spaces in the public realm that bring people together to share conversation. She was the creator of the Museum Of The Ministry of Trying to Do Something About It and annually curates Feast on the Bridge.She has received commissions from LIFT, Friends of the Earth, The Countryside Commission, Channel 4 (winner of RTS award), South Bank Centre, Home Live Art, The New Economics Foundation, The National Theatre, Artsadmin and The Art Museum, Phoenix.


Brian Walters is Deputy Literary Manager of the National Theatre. He was dramaturg of World Factory at the Young Vic, an interactive piece exploring globalisation, climate change and complex ethical choices.


Robert Butler is Online editor of The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine, co-editor of “Culture and Climate Change”, blogger about culture and climate change at Ashdenizen, former “Going Green” columnist at Intelligent Life and former drama critic of the Independent on Sunday.


Dr Bradon Smith, who will be chairing the panel, is s a Research Associate at The Open University and the University of Bath, with interests in the representation of climate change in contemporary literature. From 2007-2010 he co-convened the Cultures of Climate Change research group at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. Since then, he has held positions at the Open University, the University of Edinburgh and as an AHRC Knowledge Placement Fellow at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). He is currently working on the AHRC funded Stories of Change project, a part of the cross-council Connected Communities theme, and in particular leading on the Energy Generation strand.


Rachel Briscoe is Creative Director of fanSHEN and co-director of Invisible Treasure. She also works as Director of Theatre (jobshare) at Ovalhouse. The Guardian credited her with “restoring order of Ovalhouse with bold, experimental programming.”

Invisible Treasure – Ovalhouse, London – in November


Invisible Treasure

fanSHEN and Tipping Point, with Ovalhouse, present a collaboration with Hellicar&Lewis

No actors. No plot. But there’s you. And maybe that’s enough.

Invisible Treasure is an interactive digital playspace, an electrifying exploration of human relationships, power structures and individual agency, where your actions can change everything.

When will you follow the rules and when will you break them? What risks are you prepared to take? How will you know if you’re seeing the whole picture? Using cutting-edge sensor, sound and projection technologies, Invisible Treasure is a journey through seven levels of unreality in a world that feels like the inside of a computer game but yet seems strangely similar to our own.

To book tickets click here

Weds 28 Oct – Sat 31 Oct 7.30pm, Sun 1 Nov 5pm

Thurs 5 Nov – Fri 6 Nov 7.30pm, Sat 7 and Sun 8 Nov 5pm

Weds 11 Nov – Sat 14 Nov 7.30pm

Duration 60 minutes

£12 full price | £7 conc.

Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval | London | SE11 5SW

ovalhouse.com |  020 7582 7680

Nearest tubes: Oval & Vauxhall