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.

From June-December 2018, Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle led on Season for Change, a UK-wide programme of cultural responses celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change. Initiated from the What Next? movement, in association with Battersea Arts Centre, Season for Change involved 76 venues, 68 organisations and 119 events nationwide, Take a look at what happened on the website, on Twitter #SeasonforChange and read the Arts Professional case study

As founder members of the European network Imagine2020, we have produced projects including our 2 Degrees Festival (in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019) and commissioned Plunge and Empathy Museum, in collaboration with LIFT. In 2019, we secured EU funding from Creative Europe to continue this collaborative work on art and climate change through a 4-year project called Art Climate Transition (ACT). 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, which 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. Read our Ethical Fundraising Policy (alternatively, download the plain text version) for more information. We encourage relationships with organisations that actively operate for the positive benefit of people, animals and the environment in a fair and transparent way.

Read our Environmental Policy and Action Plan (or alternatively, download the plain text version.)

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.

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#SeasonforChange: organisations and artists across the UK spark conversations about the future of our planet

Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle are delighted to announce that Season for Change is underway with over 30 events having taken place in its first 6 weeks of the season!

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Investing in hope: the Imagine 2020 Summer Lab 2018

Artist, producer and researcher, Joanne Matthews, reflects on what took place at this year's Imagine 2020 Summer Lab, as a group of participants explored how we can bring together art, activism and science to tackle climate change and engage with global transition.

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

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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

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Greening the arts

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

Photo by Immo Klink

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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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