The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow and British Council UK are inviting applications for creative commissions which bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative responses to climate change.
Looking after the planet requires understanding and empathy, collaboration and connections, imagination, and innovation.
In our fourth survey of almost 40,000 young people across 36 countries, including the G20, climate change is perceived to be the most important issue to these young people (age 18 – 34).
The UK will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021, in partnership with Italy. This will be the largest international climate change summit the UK has hosted, bringing together over 30,000 delegates - including heads of states, climate experts and campaigners - to agree a coordinated action to tackle climate change.
The UK-Russia Creative Commissions call is one of many activities the British Council is delivering to support the success and legacy of COP26 to create opportunities for cooperation, dialogue and action which address the shared challenge of climate change.
About British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work with more than 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, the English language, education and civil society.
We are inviting collaborative applications in response to this open call from teams of organisations and/or individuals across the UK and Russia.
We are inviting artists, scientists, influencers, engineers, city planners, technologists, thought leaders, activists, architects, and other creatives to combine art, science, and technology in engaging the audience and offering innovative and creative responses to climate change.
We want these commissions to stimulate truly global conversations, bringing together people from both UK and Russia to understand each other’s perspectives and collaborate on solutions towards climate change.
You may see examples of some of the creative commissions funded worldwide on this link.
We welcome action-focused, interactive responses, which tackle difficult issues head on, push boundaries and are a catalyst for real change. This means thinking beyond a single artwork, event or digital moment, and instead focusing on mass participation and engagement of young people and wider audiences, longer term movements and campaigns. We are interested in ideas that have longevity, the potential to be scaled up and those which can be shared globally using digital platforms and tools. This could include formats such as exhibitions, films festivals, literature events, theatre performances etc. as long as they meet the creative brief.
These are just indicative directions while your creation and originality should not be limited by this brief.
As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we actively invite groups and communities who are underrepresented in climate change discussions to respond to this brief. This includes taking an inclusive approach to the development of your idea when considering the audiences you want to reach. We expect to see engagement with audiences of different genders, ethnicities, sexual orientation, abilities, and age either directly through the commission – or indirectly through your project audiences. We are also interested in ideas that explore, interrogate, educate, and respond to the connection between the environment and diversity, including gender equality and racial justice. In view of the disproportionate impact that climate change has upon women we also encourage applications from women playing a leading role in this area and/or that touch on this important theme.
Please also note that British Council has strict child protection and safeguarding policies which applicants would have to follow in case of project proposals which actively involve children in their activities. This should be factor in in terms of time needed for delivering of activities.
We are interested in supporting low carbon solutions and environmentally friendly practice in project planning and delivery, as well as your choice of partners and suppliers.