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.

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Spiritual Ecology Leadership Programme – call for applicants

The Spiritual Ecology Leadership Programme from St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is a unique eight month journey of deep study and practice bringing together the next generation of leaders and change-makers from a diverse range of fields, who are initiating practical projects to build a sustainable future deeply rooted in spiritual values. The Programme offers an immersive experience of study, reflection, training, mentorship, project development and implementation. A core component of the course is the opportunity to design and pilot your own spiritual ecology project and develop a long term vision with the possibility of funding. 

We are looking for ten emerging leaders* from diverse backgrounds and faith or spiritual traditions to participate, as well as people without any direct spiritual/religious affiliation. The programme is fully funded with no cost to participants except for travel costs to retreats, and food expenses for shorter workshops. We are inviting applications from individuals who are committed to integrating spiritual values in practice to generate deep and lasting change and contribute towards a culture that lives in harmony with the earth. We are looking for individuals who have strong leadership skills and potential, as well as some practical experience, for example in leading and managing projects, facilitation, teaching and community building. Whether you are an activist, artist, writer, facilitator, educator, architect, or work with business, economics, law, food, media or culture – we want to hear from you!

* applicants between the ages of 20-32. However, if you are slightly outside this age range and feel you would be a good candidate, please feel free to apply and address this in your application

The programme runs once a year with our next round kicking off in early 2018.

Deadline: 31st October 2017

Commissions for b-side Festival 2018: One Amazing Island

b-side is offering a number of commission opportunities to create new, temporary, site-responsive work in any media for the next festival, 8 – 16 September 2018. Proposals can be for any amount up to £4000 – we expect to commission work across a range of contexts, concepts and costs. An additional allowance of up to £760 per commission is available towards travel and accommodation. Located just off the coast of Dorset and approached via a narrow causeway, this curious island has a very particular history and ecology offering huge scope for research and inspiration. We are looking for ideas that respond to and reveal all aspects of the island, which may include its geology, ecology, archaeology, heritage and its geographic relationships locally and internationally. The festival takes place over a nine-day period with installations and events at a number of locations across the island. This year we are encouraging visitors to explore by foot using public rights of way and public transport where possible and are seeking proposals in response to a number of specific sites (listed in the full downloadable brief below). We also welcome proposals for locations nearby or on route to these locations or proposals about the footpaths themselves.

Deadline: 6th November 2017 9.00

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

Art and Ecology Publication Submissions Open Call

A&E is a new collective focussing on critical art and ecology matters, founded by Glasgow School of Art graduates. We are launching with a publication under the theme ‘Disconnection’. This could be explored through various sub-themes such as anthropocentrism and a disconnection to the non-human, the effects of capitalism, escapism, utopia, denial, etc. This is an open call for all kinds of submissions coming from any creative practice or background. Submissions may include but are not limited to critical writing, poetry, sound, image, photography, drawing, documentary work. We are ideally looking for new work made for the publication, however we may accept previous work if it relates to the theme and has not been previously exhibited or published. Applicants should not limit themselves to print mediums. There will be an event to launch the publication that may include performances of all kinds as well as an accompanying exhibition.

Deadline: Sunday 15 October 2017 at 23:55.

POW POW POWER – Call For Collaborators

V3 is an art-focused project space in Waterloo (100 Lower Marsh) that aims to reach out and engage the community by hosting monthly open submission exhibitions based on a theme. This November we are focusing on issues surrounding the environment, climate change and most importantly how our actions can make a positive impact. POW POW POWER is calling out for visual art that makes our energy systems more tangible. By highlighting our local power usage we can generate a sense of social responsibility for environmental issues and the benefits of engaging rather than feeling overwhelmed. In addition to the exhibition we hope to create dialogue through relevant free events throughout the month – be it a discussion, film screening or workshop. If you would like to contribute work to the exhibition or utilise the space to share your knowledge, we’d love to hear from you. If you have an idea of something in development, talk to us about how we can make it happen. Please get in touch at: info@v3.london

Exhibition Dates: November 7th – December 2nd 2017

‘Creating Earth Futures’ – GeoHumanities Commissions 2018

The Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities launches its commissions and creative residency programme with up to four commissions on the theme of ‘Creating Earth Futures’: the first year of a long-term investment in GeoHumanities themed creative commissions and residencies. Global environmental change is widely understood to be a ‘wicked’ problem that requires interdisciplinary solutions. These commissions are aimed at building capacity by funding collaborations between creative practitioners and scholars interested in global environmental change and the role of creative practices in earth futures. These commissions are based in the RHUL Centre for the GeoHumanities and funded by the Leverhulme Trust and AHRC through the  Creating Earth Futures research programme. Each commission is worth up to £2000 to be spent between 1/1/2018 and 31/8/2018. 

Deadline: 20th October 2017

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