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August 2020
We hope this newsletter finds you well!

For the August newsletter, we are focusing on our project partners and activities in Glasgow, Scotland, complemented by inspiring resources on activism and failure. Scroll down for a blog on learning from failure, a panel discussion on campaigning, the arts and climate change, and a spotlight focusing on the Cultural Adaptations partners in Glasgow - Creative Carbon Scotland and Climate Ready Clyde.
Blog: Learning from failure in experimental projects
It can be hugely beneficial to take an experimental approach, but it is not without risk of failure. Additionally, we have all faced exceptional levels of disruption recently, and focusing on what we can learn to cope better in the future can be a silver lining for many. This blog explores the experiences of one of our partners, TILLT, in their work undertaking embedded artist projects over the past 17 years. Researcher Chris Fremantle also weighs in on how failure is often a central concept within in creative and cultural projects.
 Panel discussion: Campaigning, the arts and climate change (60min) 

Art can be a powerful way to provoke thoughts and challenge current thinking. Therefore artists have a key role to play in changing the society for the better through campaigning and activism. Enjoy this panel discussion covering a wide range of topics relating to the artist as activist as well as lessons on adapting ourselves and our societies to climate change. Hosted by axis ballymun, this discussion brings together guest panellists Catríona Fallon (Green Arts supported by Theatre Forum), Lian Bell (artist), Aoibheann McCann (artist) and Maeve Stone (Cultural Adaptations embedded artist). We encourage you to explore more resources like this one on our website.
Spotlight: Creative Carbon Scotland and Climate Ready Clyde

In this spotlight section of the newsletter, we will focus on the people and organisations leading the Cultural Adaptations project to give you more insight into our work. Cultural Adaptations brings together leading cultural organisations in Belgium, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden with innovative local adaptation partners to develop adaptation strategies for cultural organisations: making them more resilient and prepared for a climate changed-future. This month’s spotlight is on the Glasgow partnership of Creative Carbon Scotland and Climate Ready Clyde.


Climate Ready Clyde is an innovative cross-sector initiative seeking to create a shared vision, strategy and action plan for an adapting Glasgow City Region. 1.8 million people live, work and play in the Glasgow City Region, and are increasingly being affected by the changing climate. Climate Ready Clyde works strategically to minimise the risks and seize the opportunities climate change brings to the economy, society and environment. Their three key cross-cutting principles include putting people at the centre, striving for economic resilience, and working with nature, not against it.


Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS), formed in 2011, is a charity based in Edinburgh which aims to build  bridges between Scotland’s cultural and climate change worlds. CCS focuses on exploring the cultural sector’s role in transforming our society to address climate change. Their work is diverse and includes influencing policy, upskilling the cultural sector in sustainability-related issues and helping cultural organisations to reduce their carbon emissions. CCS’ objective is to form a network of creative individuals and organisations who can together achieve transformational change.

Together these organisations are working with Lesley Anne Rose, an embedded artist, to adapt the Glasgow City Region to the impacts of climate change. Ben Twist, the director of Creative Carbon Scotland has written a blog about his experiences recruiting embedded artists for climate change projects, sharing tips for future collaborations. Read the blog and explore further resources below.


We hope you enjoyed the content. Follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook) to stay updated on the project and the conference!

Best wishes,

The Cultural Adaptations team
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union TILLT
creative carbon scotland
green track
Scottish Government - Riaghaltas na h-Alba City of Gothenburg
Codema - Dublins Energy Agency
Rain Gothenburg
Climate Ready Clyde
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