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The Sustainable Futures Art Project aims to set out a vision for social, environmental and economic sustainability through art, with a particular focus on climate change and the sectors of energy, water and waste. The project will bring together knowledge from these sectors and art practice, to encourage dialogue, change behaviours, educate and inspire people, through hearts as well as minds, for a more sustainable future. It will involve collaboration between artists, schools and those working in the energy, water and waste sectors. Artists’ work will raise awareness with a wide audience about the challenges faced and potential solutions. The project incorporates four main elements:

  • Artist residency programme – artist residency placements in the energy, water and waste sectors to consider and respond to issues of climate change and sustainability.
  • Education – school workshops combining education on climate change, sustainability issues and artistic expression.
  • The Sustainable Futures Art Prize – an open art competition, with an overarching prize and sector specific prizes in energy, water and waste. With separate prizes for artists and young people. This will involve an exhibition and prize giving ceremony.
  • Public engagement – awareness raising on climate change and sustainability issues and environmental advocacy through art works and creative processes (linked to the above).

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Artist in residence opportunity

Dates: 17 Feb 2020 – 27 Mar 2020 (6 weeks)

We are looking for an artist with an interest in sustainability, climate change and social justice to take part in a residency with UK Power Networks (UKPN). UKPN is an electricity network operator delivering electricity to homes and businesses across London and Southern England. In addition to managing the physical pipes and wires, they play a crucial role in facilitating renewable electricity, supporting vulnerable people, social mobility and regenerating local neighbourhoods.

The artist will have a space to work in an operational site, with access to staff and a stipend to cover materials and travel. They will have an opportunity to learn about sustainable energy, exchange ideas with a community committed to innovation and sustainability and create artworks that raise awareness of environmental and social issues faced today. They will also benefit from artistic mentoring from the project lead – Clare Dudeney, who is a practicing artist and has worked in energy and climate change policy for 14 years.

The residency will culminate in an exhibition of artworks at UKPN sites, with an evening of talks and a workshop with local schools. There is flexibility as to the location of the residency, depending on where the artist is based. Accommodation is not provided.

This residency is part of a wider project by Sustainability First – an environmental think tank and charity. The Sustainable Futures Art Project aims to set out a vision for social, environmental and economic sustainability through art, with a particular focus on climate change and the sectors of energy, water and waste. The project brings together knowledge from these sectors and art practice, to encourage dialogue, change behaviours, educate and inspire people, for a more sustainable future.

If you would like to apply for the residency please send the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17 January 2020:

  • CV
  • Covering letter – detailing your background, why you’re interested in the residency and what you would like to focus on. We recommend looking at the UKPN website to understand what the company does (1 page)
  • Two references – names and contact information
  • Up to 10 artwork images – sent electronically

Interviews will take place on: 27 January 2020. If you can’t make this date, let us know and we may be able to fix another time to meet.

Helpful links:

www.sustainabilityfirst.org.uk

www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk (also see Our story)

www.claredudeney.com


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Artist in residence opportunity

Dates: April / May 2020 (4 weeks)

We are looking for an artist with an interest in sustainability and climate change to take part in a residency with SSE in Perth, Scotland. SSE is an electricity generator focused on renewable energy including hydroelectricity, onshore and offshore wind. The artist will have an opportunity to learn about sustainable energy and exchange ideas with a community committed to innovation and sustainability. To create artworks that help raise awareness of the contribution of renewable energy in Scotland, how technologies relate to the landscape, harnessing the power of wind and water.

The artist will have space to work at the Pitlochry Hydroelectric Dam, a stunning location with views of Faskally Loch, the River Tummel and a salmon fish ladder. They will have access to staff, an archive of heritage images and artefacts, with a stipend to cover materials, accommodation and travel. SSE will arrange visits to some of their renewable energy sites across Scotland. They will also benefit from artistic mentoring from the project lead – Clare Dudeney, who is a practicing artist and has worked in energy and climate change policy for 14 years.

The residency will culminate in an exhibition of artworks at SSE head office in Perth, with an evening of talks. Some works will also be displayed at the Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre, which attracts 150,000 visitors annually. SSE would also be interested in purchasing some of the resulting artworks for their corporate collection. We will also link the project to other initiatives in 2020 including the Year of Coasts and Waters in Scotland and the UN Climate Change Conference COP 26 in Glasgow (9-19 November 2020).

This residency is part of a wider project by Sustainability First – an environmental think tank and charity. The Sustainable Futures Art Project aims to set out a vision for social, environmental and economic sustainability through art, with a particular focus on climate change and the sectors of energy, water and waste. The project brings together knowledge from these sectors and art practice, to encourage dialogue, change behaviours, educate and inspire people, for a more sustainable future.

If you would like to apply for the residency please send the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 14 February 2020:

  • CV
  • Covering letter – detailing your background, why you’re interested in the residency and what you would like to focus on. We recommend looking at the SSE website to understand what the company does (1 page)
  • Two references – names and contact information
  • Up to 10 artwork images – sent electronically

Interviews will take place in late February in Scotland and London.

Helpful links:

www.sustainabilityfirst.org.uk

www.sse.com/whatwedo/sse-renewables/

www.pitlochrydam.com

www.claredudeney.com