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  • Big up CCS
  • Largest arts trust in Europe – can affect not only cultural sector but also its parent org – GL – and therefore GCC and City of Glasgow
  • We want to know from you how we can achieve this.
  • Note: distances in D+G – travel is a big challenge for the festival. D + G very dispersed community with no major towns. Large area
  • Note: Different bodies of knowledge/experience brought together. Who is contributing to what? Ties in with wider research project with EAF. Explanation of what each group does. Three way approach
  • Derived from Global Reporting Initiative. Community engagement: location of site, sourcing of materials, participation in artistic work. Accessibility of installation: age, sex, disability. Visitor engagement with host community, use of public transport. Level of acceptance by community.
  • Provide examples of all of these. We have found very little knowledge… Similar to ISO20121 – Setting on own boundaries and thinking about key areas of focus – mindfulness. About setting key factors in order to change attitudes. What to work on in early years (with long term ambition). Measuring in order to drive change
  • Chrysalis – other important questions – lifespan of artwork, site and context, community engagement. Current lack of case studies, benchmarks for public artworks. Chrysalis – Emphasis on site and location of artwork being reflective of local culture and identity – community engagement and consultation. Ixia – social, econ, env outcomes and impacts alongside intrinsic values of art and culture
  • Spreading of knowledge and best practice: communication with artists and audiences
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    • 1. A Postcard from “The Dear Green Place”Harnessing the power of Glasgow’s local arts sectorJean Cameron, Glasgow LifeGemma Lawrence, Creative Carbon Scotland7th June 2013
    • 2. Setting the scene• Glasgow – “Dear Green Place”• City of culture• Green capital of Europe• Commonwealth legacy
    • 3. • What is it?• What does it do to achieve this?• How does it need to change inorder to achieve it?
    • 4. What is it?– National charity– Work with over 80 cultural organisations– Training, Green Arts Portal, special projectsWhat is its role in achieving the outcome?– Intimate knowledge of the arts– Expertise in sustainable practice– Trusted by both sectors– Promoting attitudinal and behaviour change– Research into impact of commissioning public art worksHow do we facilitate the change we want?– Practical support– Facilitate networks– Big picture thinking
    • 5. What do GA and CCS want to achievetogether?• Understanding cultural organisations withincomplex networks• Understanding how art might shift the city• Applying that understanding:– Glasgow Arts is a big player with gravity andmomentum – can we harness that?
    • 6. Complexity
    • 7. City of GlasgowGlasgow LifeGlasgow ArtsCultural SectorGlasgow City Council
    • 8. GALA in GlasgowTwo components• What’s its role?– Contribute your ideas, apply your knowledge andexperience – 17 heads are better than one– Spread the word• What’s the benefit?– New knowledge for you to apply to your owncontext
    • 9. How will we do this?• Theoretical background from CCS and GA:• Cultural organisations within complex networks• Specific knowledge/different backgrounds ofparticipants• Development of methodology for working:• Working title – ‘Green Mondays’• Potential for series of workshops?• Sustainability and culture can have widerinfluence
    • 10. So what’s the outcome from ourworkshop?• Working together in a way that…– That not only allows commissions/practice in thearts to be sustainable…– But also fosters wider awareness of sustainabilityin the city– Disruption and innovation – not compliance with astandard
    • 11. Outcome of final meeting?• Using key knowledge and learning frommeetings, labs and working• Reflecting upon our ambitions• Celebration• …?
    • 12. Questions and volunteers! info@creativecarbonscotland.comPassword: CreativeCarbon1
    • 13. Developing a triple bottom lineapproach to running an arts festival
    • 14. Background to EAF.S• Collaboration between cultural andenvironmental organisations in Dumfriesand Galloway, Scotland• Biennial festival that focuses oncontemporary relationships betweenculture and land• “bringing the unique spirit of the SouthWest to a national and internationalaudience”• Year 1: four public art commissions whichshowcase 3 national and 1 internationalsite-specific artworks
    • 15. Where do we fit in?• Three way collaboration, three way approach:
    • 16. Triple Bottom Line• An impact assessment of the festival itself -artists, venues, visitors• Methodology for measuring social, environmental andeconomic impacts of public art commissions• Methodology for measuring social, environmental andeconomic impacts of the festival as a whole• Seeking engagement with artists, venues andaudiences• Feedback loop – outcomes of research driving seconditeration of festival
    • 17. Defining IndicatorsSocial considerations (led by CCC)Artists, Venues, Visitors, Communities– Community engagement– Accessibility of installation– Visitor engagement– Level of acceptance bycommunity
    • 18. Defining IndicatorsEconomic considerations (led byEAF.S)– Reason to visit the region– Length of stay in the region– Number of people in group– Amount spent during stay– Type of accommodation
    • 19. Defining IndicatorsEnvironmental considerations (ledby CCS)– Travel and transportation ofartworks– Materials used– Waste and recycling– Energy and water consumed– Other environmental impacts– Lifespan of artworks
    • 20. Public Art Commissions• Chrysalis Arts: Public Artworks SustainabilityAssessment–• ixia: Public Art - A Guide to Evaluation–
    • 21. Communicating Results
    • 22. Overcoming potential barriers• Challenges for artistsThree step process of data gathering:– User-friendly helicopter survey– 30 minute phone conversation withartists before project– Artists keep weekly diary duringproduction of artwork• Outcomes?– Engagement of artist…and festival
    • 23. Outcomes• Filling current knowledge gap of environmental impact of publicartworks• Understanding of social, environmental and economic impacts ofart festival– Is there a relationship between these impacts?• Leads to potential for:– Benchmarking– Spreading of knowledge and best practice– Shaping the way future festivals are run - international works?• Wider research project into environmental impact ofcommissioning public art – Glasgow Arts, Edinburgh Art Festival