Artsadmin and the Environment


We have to stop treating climate change as an urgent issue. We have to start treating it as an international emergency.
George Monbiot, The Guardian

We believe that artists and arts organisations have an important role to play in exploring, communicating and taking practical action against issues around climate change and the environment.

As founder members of the Imagine2020 network we have produced projects including our 2 Degrees Festival (in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017) and commissioned Plunge and Empathy Museum, in collaboration with LIFT. We work with artists and activists, supporting grassroots activity as well as commissioning and producing particular projects and have also taken steps to make the way we work more sustainable, both at our Toynbee Studios home and in the projects we produce all over the world.

In 2014 we were awarded a Green Tourism for London Gold Award for the work we've done in greening our building. In 2012 we were runners up in the Art & Culture category of the Observer Ethical Awards.

In 2015 we joined Platform's initiative Fossil Funds Free, this means we do not take any oil, coal, or gas corporate sponsorship for our cultural work and we will call on our peers and institutional partners to refuse fossil fuel funding too.  

Michael Pinsky's Plunge, commissioned by Artsadmin and LIFT. Photo by Julian Andrews.

Michael Pinsky's Plunge, commissioned by Artsadmin and LIFT. Photo by Julian Andrews.

Crash Contingency, The Laboratory of InsurrectionaryImagination, 2 Degrees Festival 2009. Photo by Immo Klink

Blog Post:

2 Degrees Festival 2017: Open Call

As a key part of 2 Degrees Festival 2017, we have opened a call for proposal for a new participatory project. Apply now.

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#2DegreesFestival: on Storify

A compiled story of the festival based on the moments shared online using #2DegreesFestival.


Plunge on film

A short film about Michael Pinsky's Plunge, a collaboration between Artsadmin and LIFT which took place in London in Spring 2012.

Photo from Michael Pinsky's Plunge, a co-commission with LIFT. Photo by Julian Andrews

Blog Post:

Greening the arts

Today at TippingPoint Newcastle, Arts Council England announced plans to embed environmental sustainability into funding agreements.

Photo by Immo Klink

Blog Post:

Early Warning Signs – Adopt a Sign!

Ellie Harrison's campaign to find organisations to apdopt a climate change sign...

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This is tomorrow - Two Degrees video

Mark Godber and Sam Trotman introduce the 2011 festival and some of the artists and projects involved.

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A is for Action

A glossary for arts and activism created as part of Interference 2009

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