Artists must ‘tell the truth’ about the climate emergency

Extinction Rebellion campaign sticker
21 Mar 2019

Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre Wales are among the organisations calling for a creative response to the looming ecological crisis.

Listening to children on climate change

Photo of Cap-a-Pie cast member working with a group of young school children
07 Mar 2019

What does climate change mean to the generation it will impact most? Brad McCormick explains how primary schoolchildren have been working with climate scientists to develop their own play.

Time to make a noise

Photo of Participants of the second Creative Climate Leadership course, Slovenia October 2017. Creative Climate Leadership is led by Julie's Bicycle and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
14 Feb 2019

Tackling the climate crisis will require rapid and unprecedented change. Chiara Badiali asks whether the sector has what it takes to meet the challenge.

Generating a real buzz

Photo of beehives on top of the Lyric Hammersmith
14 Feb 2019

The Lyric Hammersmith keeps 180,000 bees on its roof as part of its continuing commitment to going green. Sian Alexander tells the story.

Imagining a better future

Photo of an interactive installation, a group of people meet around cardboard tables
14 Feb 2019

Without creative thinking, society will sleepwalk into a climate disaster. The arts have a crucial role to play in inspiring, challenging and provoking us into action, says Judith Knight.

Connecting urban children with nature

Photo of a man and woman leading outdoor workshop about trees to young children
14 Feb 2019

Megg Nicol and Alan Rickett explain how a musical has helped raise awareness of the importance of trees among London primary school pupils.

A major blind spot

Photo of The sedum roof at the Young Vic, part of the passive low energy rebuilding project by Haworth Tompkins
14 Feb 2019

Very few theatres were built with today's sustainability standards in mind. The sector needs to face up to the financial and environmental costs of running old buildings, warns Tom Stickland.

Into the unknown

Photo of a man playing a broom converted into a flute
10 Jan 2019

A touring exhibition in Hong Kong is encouraging young people to change the way they think about sustainability, writes Joego Chan.

Also this week...

A woman surrounded by blocks of ice
14 Dec 2018

As Tate Modern's latest art installation starts to melt away, AP's Jonathan Knott reflects on how art can play a role in tackling environmental challenges.

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?

Photo of dancer with juggling balls
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

Photo of Zena Edwards
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

Photo of girl blowing orange powder off hand
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

Photo of woman in landscape of rock and trees
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

Photo of dancers in industrial setting
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

Photo of a man playing the bansuri flute
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.

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