New projects, calls for papers, residencies and other opportunities

ClimateCultures is pleased to share invitations for artists, researchers or curators to participate or collaborate in events, publications or activities. These are posted here in the order we become aware of them (most recent at the top), rather than by event date or deadline for responses. Expired opportunities are deleted.

If you know of opportunities you’d like to see posted here, please use the form on the Contact ClimateCultures page. 

Grow Wild – Community Project funding 2018

Have you got a ridiculously exciting idea for a project that brings people together through activities that connect their community and celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi? Grow Wild is awarding funding of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups and projects that:

  • Stand out from the crowd. 
  • Focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi, highlighting the importance of these species for the environment, and for quality of life. 
  • Will engage one or more of these groups: Young people aged 12-18; Students and young people aged 18-25; People living in urban areas; People experiencing hardship and reduced access to services; Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities.
  • Will encourage large scale community involvement, ideally in the hundreds!
  • Will deliver the project in a space or location that is accessible to the general public i.e. is not in a restricted or controlled area.

Deadline: 15th January 2018, midday

New Geographies – Expressions of Interest

New Geographies is an Arts Council England funded project to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or over-looked places, rather than on historic or economical centres. The map forms the basis of 10 major site-responsive art commissions across the East of England, to be delivered over the next two years. The first phase of the project invited members of the public to nominate locations for the map, over a three-month nomination process in Summer of 2017. New Geographies is now seeking expressions of interest from artists who have experience of working with community engagement and/or in the public realm in response to places or sites. The call is open to artists living and working both nationally and internationally and New Geographies is aiming to appoint ten artists.

“We envisage that each commission will be different but that all will in some way respond to the map, locations and stories; either individual locations, themes or other unexpected connections. Brief: To develop a new commission in response to the sites and places nominated by the public (identified on www.newgeographies.uk), which could explore histories, localities, themes and a myriad of contemporary issues. The final commissions can take any form and may involve working with the public or local communities, but we are open to innovative or unique ideas which encourage us to think about the idea of place in new ways.”

Available Budget: Up to £25,000 (inclusive of VAT) per commission. This includes an artist fee and production.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Sunday 28th January 2018, midnight


Liquidscapes: tales and telling of watery worlds and fluid states

A three-day international gathering (June 20 to 22 2018 • Dartington Hall, Devon) bringing together creative thinkers and doers to explore physically and figuratively our watery worlds and fluid states. Keynote speakers are: writer Tristan Gooley (‘How to read water’), artist and swimmer Amy Sharrocks (‘Museum of Water’) and astronomer Prof. Paul Murdin. Call for Propdosals: “We are particularly interested in submissions whose manner of presentation in some way directly performs the perspective that they wish to offer: in what senses may we approach, in our behaviours, our speech, and our work, the notion of voicing of water?”

Deadline: 20th November 2017 at 22.00

The Ecological Citizen – calls for artists and poets

The Ecological Citizen, “a new online journal that is striving to address the central issue of our time: how to halt and reverse our current ecocidal course and create an ecological civilization, is inviting poets to submit work: “Life far exceeds humans. For millennia, ecopoets have understood it as a far greater enterprise. In their poetry, we can hear the voices of those who came long before us, who live with us, and probably will live without us. Now, however, they face extinction and die in silence, deafened by the roar of civilization. The time has come to renew the old understanding that all life, including humanity, speaks a common language. The mission of ecocentric poetry, or ecopoetry, is to help us empathize with non-human entities, be they a whale, a tree or a mountain. For we are all kin. Through metaphor and imagery, it speaks directly to our hearts and genes. We begin to realize that we have evolved together and share a common fate. They don’t deserve to die from our greed and stupidity. Indeed, if they perish we too will die from a “great yearning of Spirit” (in Chief Seattle’s words). In the Journal, we include work in the traditions of classic ecopoets such as Jeffers, DH Lawrence, Emily Dickinson, Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry and Denise Levertov, as well as translations of some of the world’s great poetry, old and new. But we also encourage our readers to send us poems that embody an ecocentric perspective. They will all be considered and as many as possible published.”

Deadline: 30th December 2017