Arts and Sustainability

What do we support?

We recognise the critical importance of the arts and cultural sector to explore sustainability issues and communicate these with wider society. Our new approach is to make up to 10 grants per year to small, effective organisations that are influential/leaders in this field.

For many years the The Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance and Ashdenizen Blog provided the space for thinking about the connections between art, culture and environment/climate change. The directory also provides database of productions that connect these themes. In autumn 2014 we will archive these sites. A book exploring the work of the directory, including contributions made to the site from leading thinkers in the arts and sustainability sectors will be published in September and be available to download from the site.

What kind of projects have we funded?

Free Word

Free Word is an international centre for literature, literacy and free expression. Its 'How Might We Live Now' project aims to draw on the knowledge of scientists, philosophers, economists and activists, engaging writers and their stories to help envision and adopt new ways of living that take account of climate change.

Battersea Arts Centre

Based in a Grade II* listed former town hall, Battersea Arts Centre offers a wide mixture of performances, discussions, creative learning, family entertainment with a cafe and wedding and dance venue. It is implementing a programme to reduce radically its environmental footprint.

Narratives on Climate Change

A grant to the Open University to engage writers and editors to explore narratives on climate change to make the issue more tangible and less fearful and to prompt positive action. The second book in the series was published in June 2014.

Arts Admin

Arts Admin aims to be an 'arts lab' for the 21st Century fund and has supports artists to explore sustainability issues through performance and community events.

Julie's Bicycle

Julie's Bicycle supports arts organisations - both venues and producers - to integrate good environmental management into their work. It also supports leaders in the arts sector to explore how their leadership role on sustainability within the sector and within wider society.