Season For Change

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Season for Change

Season for Change 2020 will be the first major nationwide festival of artistic work celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on the future of our planet. We are currently planning Season for Change 2020, which is led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin.

In November 2020, the UK welcomes over 170 countries for COP26, the UN’s climate negotiations to discuss the Paris Agreement, the most important international agreement on the climate crisis. All eyes will be on the UK at this extraordinary moment, an unmissable opportunity to showcase the creativity and leadership of England’s cultural sector on the most important issue of our time.

In 2020, we will galvanise a diverse, multidisciplinary and sustainably-produced programme that reaches over 10 million people, involving more than 250 artists and arts organisations across England.

Season for Change is supported by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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Background information

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.

An atlas floats on the ocean
The Coral Empathy Device by Kat Austen

Who Is Involved

Season for Change is led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin.

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 Liverpool, Sage Gateshead, Warwick Arts Centre, Watershed and academic partners Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation (CAST).

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A man perches on a branch high in a tree, calling through a megaphone
Calling Tree, Rosemary Lee & Simon Whitehead. Part of LIFT 2016. Photo by Ray Jacobs.

Support Us

If you’re interested in supporting the future of Season for Change through a donation or a partnership, please get in touch.

Large steel sign with 'Capitalism Works For Me!' on it and audiences need to decides whether that's true or false for them
Capitalism Works For Me! (True:False) – Steve Lambert, part of Artsadmin’s 2 Degrees Festival. Photo by Oliver Rudkin