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Community Climate Champions

Do you live, work or study in Aldgate, Whitechapel, Spitalfields or the City of London?

Would you like to learn more, or share your thoughts about, the Climate Crisis and its impact on our local area?

Do you want to find out how an arts festival is organised, and participate in artists’ projects?

The opportunity

Artsadmin is looking for eight Community Climate Champions to take part in What Shall We Build Here (28 June – 2 July 2023), our summer festival of art, climate and community!

Taking place in and around our home at Toynbee Studios, What Shall We Build Here will include performances, workshops, talks, walks, film screenings, meals and other events.

The role

The Community Climate Champions will be an integral part of What Shall We Build Here. If you’re selected for the role, you will:

  • Receive a fee of £300 for your time
  • Get 2 free tickets for events at What Shall We Build Here
  • Connect with the local area and meet new people
  • Experience artistic projects and interact with artists
  • Gain insight into how a festival is curated, and how an arts organisation works
  • Engage in creative conversations about the Climate Crisis and it’s impact on our local area
  • Develop professional experience in third sector and arts work

We’re interested in hearing your perspective, your opinions, and your voice. We want to connect different communities in this part of east London with each other, welcome new people to Artsadmin and build a wider conversation on the impact of the Climate Crisis in this area. We also want to explore what changes we can make together. 

You don’t need any previous experience in the arts, or specialist knowledge of climate issues, to apply. We welcome applicants of all ages!

What’s involved

The Community Climate Champions will take part in six sessions in the lead up to and during the festival. The sessions will include: 

  • Working with artist Zoe Palmer to think about the question ‘What Shall We Grow Here?” Zoe Palmer will be the artist in residence at the Artsadmin Canteen from summer 2023 – spring 2024. Her residency will explore what biodiversity exists and can be built in and around our building. Biodiversity is the varieties of plants, animals and species in the world or in a specific place. 
  • Working with The Bare Project on their project The People’s Palace of Possibility, which will be a temporary outdoor pavilion in Mallon Gardens, and will host small gatherings, workshops, meals and an outdoor radio station. As a Community Climate Champion you will get the opportunity to plan an event for this space.
  • Talking to our communications team about ways of connecting, sharing and networking throughout the project 
  • Organising and being present at events during the festival (28 June – 2 July). 
  • An evaluation session to discuss your experience of the festival.

You will ideally need to be available for five sessions in June (including two during the festival itself) and one evaluation session in early July. There is some flexibility to miss one of these sessions if your schedule doesn’t allow for it, and if you can still complete the brief.

Each session will be between one and two hours and we will decide on days and times for these sessions in conversation with the 8 selected people.  

How to apply

Applications have now closed! If your application was successful, you will be notified on Tuesday 30 May.

This project is supported by BE PART and ACT, through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, by Aldgate Connect BID, Arts Council England and City of London.