On 21st July, 80 delegates from across culture, creativity and heritage in the North East came together to explore the challenges of Climate Change.
With insightful presentations, lively discussion and a honest set of shared values to work together to make significant movement and change we left inspired and full of possibility!
A challenging and thought-provoking day as we explored the culture sector's role in addressing climate emergency issues.
A partnership event of the Northumberland Strategic Culture Network, New Writing North (NWN) and the North East Culture Partnership (NECP).
Chair for the day was Claire Malcolm MBE, Chief Executive Officer of New Writing North and board member of the North East Culture Partnership.
Our agenda was as follows;
9.30am Registration and tea/coffee 10.00am Welcome Cllr Jeff Watson, Chair of the Northumberland Strategic Culture Network Mark Brassell, Chief Executive Officer of The Alnwick Garden Claire Malcolm, Chair of the Event 10.15am Session 1 Matthew Rooke, North East Culture Partnership Hear how the North East Case for Culture is pushing for North East Green Investment Funding for culture, advocating for an Artist's Research and Development Fund and a Creative Climate Programming Fund to encourage broader public engagement with critical climate-related issues. 10.30am Session 2 Keynote Speaker: Gayle Chong Kwan, artist Gayle is renowned for creating large-scale mise-en-scenes in galleries and the public realm, made from waste products, video, and photographic work highlighting the climate emergency. She is doing a Fellowship at the British Museum and is an Artist in Residence at Compton Verney. She has a PhD in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art on 'Imaginal Travel: political and ecological positioning as fine art practice'. 10.50am Break 11.00am Session 3 New Writing North & Threads in the Ground Join New Writing North's Creative Associate Adam Cooper for an interactive session exploring how the creative sector can respond to the climate emergency and offer hope for the future. 12pm Break 12.10pm Session 4 Ian Bapty, Museum Development North East, Manager The launch of the Green Champions Network follows the roll-out of Carbon Literacy Training across the museum sector in the North East. It will focus on developing partnership projects, exploring joint funding and development initiatives, and creating shared green information resources. Screening of Alnwick Garden Sustainability Journey Film (6 minutes) 12.35pm Session 5 Net Zero North East England Maria Antoniou, Principal Economy & Strategy Manager North of Tyne Combined Authority, presents a new collaboration between local government, business, education, the public sector and civil society to drive a comprehensive regional approach to tackling the climate emergency. 12:50 pm Round up Round up / plenary session with event chair Claire Malcom. 1.10pm-2pm Networking Lunch 2pm-3pm Tour of Alnwick Garden's latest new attraction Lilidorei, the world's largest play structure & The Roots and Shoots Garden and Apairy.
Here are copies of the delegate pack and the presentations we are able to share here;
From Creative Associate Adam Cooper;
I've written up the Culture and Climate Change Day post-it wall and put them in a google doc here
The Threads project development tool we mentioned on Friday is available here for anyone to use and comment on. If it feels appropriate, I'm happy for this to be circulated also.
Further evaluations of the day will be shared here soon.
In the meantime please add your pledge and signature to the Culture Declares Emergency movement.