Season For Change

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Season for Change

Season for Change is a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action.

In November 2020, the UK had planned to welcome over 170 countries for COP26, the UN’s climate negotiations to discuss the Paris Agreement: the most important international agreement on the climate crisis. In light of Covid-19, COP26 has been delayed – but our plans for Season for Change are pressing ahead with a new timeline and a programme co-curated with over 30 partners.

Throughout 2020, Season for Change will continue to build towards a live programme of creative work and amplified campaign in spring 2021. Season for Change will showcase the creativity and leadership of the UK’s cultural sector on the most important issue of our time. In the uncertainty of this current moment, we are certain of one thing: arts and culture can still mobilise people to act for climate justice.

Season for Change is led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, delivered in collaboration with over 30 partners and 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.

two people sitting discussing alternative futures, looking at postcards, with lampshades overhead saying 'What can we do' and 'Act now'
METIS, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE MAY BE, part of Season for Change 2018. Photo: David Sandison

A new timeline

From June 2020 onwards, Season for Change aims to energise 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 will do this through:

  • Free online events and resources to empower artists and cultural organisations to take action and inspire their audiences and communities.
  • 10 participatory commissions with partners nationwide that engage diverse audiences with the climate crisis.
  • 4 open call 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.

In 2020 and 2021, together we will galvanise a diverse, multidisciplinary and sustainably-produced programme that reaches over 10 million people.

People standing in an urban garden with their backs turned away
Artists from across Europe at an Imagine 2020 Summer Lab hosted by Artsadmin in east London, supported by Creative Europe. Photo: Rob Harris

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