A frosty reception

Blocks of ice next to the river Thames
14 Dec 2018

Influencing people’s attitudes and actions is about creating an authentic sense of engagement – which means art can play a role in tackling environmental challenges, says Jonathan Knott.

Energy reductions have saved NPOs £16.5m in six years

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23 Nov 2018

Environmentally-friendly changes to buildings and activity have cut energy consumption at England’s funded arts organisations by almost a quarter since 2012.

Are we at last taking environmental issues more seriously?

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15 Mar 2018

New research reveals a growing engagement with sustainability and other environmental issues in the arts sector – beyond the financial benefits. Chiara Badiali shares the findings.

Arts leaders more engaged in environmental action

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09 Mar 2018

New research by Julie’s Bicycle finds arts organisations are saving money and boosting their reputations by adopting environmentally sustainable practices.

Energy usage down as arts embrace green funding agreements

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07 Nov 2017

England’s National Portfolio Organisations are reporting lower costs and wider benefits from environmental policies and action plans aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

The global climate challenge

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29 Jun 2017

Fresh from her participation in a creative climate leadership course, Harpreet Kaur discusses how the arts have a critical role to play in the climate change debate.

National Portrait Gallery receives formal complaint about BP ties

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22 Jun 2017

Campaigners have argued the gallery’s sponsorship deal with the oil giant breaches its ‘Ethical Fundraising Policy’, which they obtained via freedom of information.

A Greener Festival expands awards to venues and events

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07 Jun 2017

An assessment and accreditation scheme is encouraging arts and cultural events and venues to reduce their environmental impact.

Cutting emissions has saved NPOs £8.7m since 2012

Cornelia Parkers War Room
24 Nov 2016

If arts organisations continue to decrease emissions at the current rate, they will be 46% lower in 2019/20 than in 2012/13, a report by Julie’s Bicycle has found.

Making an impact

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08 Sep 2016

The Arts Impact Fund offers loans based on artistic as well as social impacts. Seva Phillips explains the aims and benefits of its pilot investment scheme.

How to… protect nature through performance

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06 May 2016

A haunting concert recently combined music and birdsong to highlight the plight of endangered birds. Artist Lucy Stevens shares her tips for using art to communicate environmental issues.  

Facing up to climate change

Delegates at TippingPoint event
26 Apr 2016

In despair at the lack of an adequate plan for tackling climate change, Peter Gingold urges the arts sector to ask the difficult questions.

Unauthorised arts and climate festival planned in Tate Modern

Platform London campaign
27 Nov 2015

A year before Tate is due to renew its sponsorship with BP, Platform London is curating a free, completely unauthorised festival inside Tate Modern.

Carbon reduction program realises £2.3m cost savings

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13 Nov 2015

Low-cost attempts to reduce environmental impact have paid dividends for arts organisations, although investment will be needed to achieve further reductions.

UK’s live production industry sets sustainability goals

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11 Sep 2015

The Sustainability in Production Alliance has outlined ten social, environmental and economic sustainability goals for the UK’s live production sector to achieve within the next ten years.

Arts buildings told to build with a green mind

Woman ground sun theatre
14 Aug 2015

A new guide by Julie’s Bicycle provides advice on integrating environmental sustainability into capital project funding bids.

What should Tate have done differently?

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04 Jun 2015

David Carrington explains what arts organisations seeking commercial support can learn from the recent Tate/BP sponsorship freedom of information case.

Book review: Artwash

04 Jun 2015

Anna B. Sexton reads Mel Evans’ Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, and says it’s time to change the way we think.

Queen’s Award for Wales Millennium Centre

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21 Apr 2015

WMC’s sustainable business model has prompted the award, which goes only to organisations recognised as having achieved the very highest levels of excellence.

Environmental savings could cut arts costs

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26 Mar 2015

ACE-funded organisations saved £1.25m in energy costs last year and the number of organisations engaged with environmental sustainability is growing.

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