Season for Change
A UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change.
From February-May 2021, Season for Change will showcase the creativity and leadership of the UK’s cultural sector on the most important issue of our time – the climate crisis – through 13 artistic commissions and an open programme where any artist or arts organisation can submit an event related to climate action or the environment.
Throughout 2020, Season for Change invites artists and arts professionals to learn, share knowledge and talk about climate action and climate justice throughout a Toolkit of resources and Season for Ex-Change online events programme.
Season for Change is led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, delivered in collaboration with partners nationwide and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
What we are doing
From June 2020 onwards, Season for Change is energising artists and cultural organisations to put climate action at the heart of their programming, with a priority of centring communities and groups that have been previously underrepresented in and excluded from conversations about culture and climate. We are doing this through:
- Free online events and resources to empower artists and cultural organisations to take action and inspire their audiences and communities.
- 9 participatory commissions with arts partners nationwide that engage diverse audiences with the climate crisis.
- 4 Common Ground artist commissions, prioritising artists who identify as BAME/POC, D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, working class and LGBTQI+.
- A national campaign of events about climate change and the environment involving over 250 artists and arts organisations across the UK from February-May 2021.
We intend to galvanise a diverse, multidisciplinary and sustainably-produced programme that reaches over 10 million people.
Who Is Involved
Artsadmin is a producing organisation, which enables artists to create without boundaries, connecting bold interdisciplinary work with local, national and international audiences. Sustainability is heart of Artsadmin’s work – they raise awareness of environmental issues through the arts and seeking greener ways of working.
Julie’s Bicycle is a not-for-profit organisation making sustainability intrinsic to the business, art, and ethics of the cultural industries. Currently working with over 2,000 cultural organisations in the UK and Europe, Julie’s Bicycle offer free online tools, research, and bespoke consultancy to help arts organisations measure, manage and reduce their environmental impacts.
Season for Change also involves commissioning partners Apples and Snakes, Cambridge Junction, Contact Theatre, East Street Arts, Happy Museum, Manchester Museum, Metal, Sage Gateshead, Warwick Arts Centre, Watershed and academic partners Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation (CAST).
A pilot of Season for Change ran from 1 June until 16 December 2018, finishing to coincide with the COP24 UN Climate Negotiations in Katowice, Poland. Organisations and artists across the UK sparked conversations about the future of our planet through performances, exhibitions, talks, film screenings, workshops and events. Season for Change in 2018 was initiated from the What Next? movement in association with Battersea Arts Centre.