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Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios

Deadline: February 15, 2016

Culture and Climate Change, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and The Open University, is pleased to launch Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios, a new networked residency programme that embeds artists within contemporary thinking on climate research and policy. Three individual artists or collectives working in any art form and living and working in the UK will be offered an award of £10,000 each for a year-long residency beginning in June 2016.

Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios offers artists the opportunity to explore how society represents the range of possible future climates and develop their own artistic work within climate change research and policy networks. To date, climate scenarios have envisioned possible futures based on estimates of future population levels, economic and social activity, governance and technological change.

Climate Change in Residence aims to give the arts a role in the imagining and representation of our changed climate futures. In this way the project aims to support more open and imaginative, but also more purposeful responses to the challenges of climate change now. Applications are welcome from creative practitioners working in visual art, film and digital, combined arts, dance, music, literature, theatre and performance, and craft and design.

The project is pioneering the ‘networked residency’, a new model of residency where the artist is embedded in networks that inform the development of climate scenarios, rather than a traditional residency situated within one institution.

Renata Tyszczuk, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sheffield, “The Climate Change in Residence project offers artists interested in climate change a unique and exciting opportunity to work within a network of internationally renowned climate researchers and policy people. We hope that by establishing new forms of collaboration between researchers and artists, we can help to open up and bring more energy to contemporary debates about climate change and the future."

Culture and Climate Change is a series of events, podcasts and publications bringing together leading researchers, artists, producers and journalists including Nick Drake, Roger Harrabin, Ruth Padel, Oliver Morton and Marina Warner to discuss ideas around culture and climate change. It was set up in 2009 by Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department of The Open University; Renata Tyszczuk, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, with Robert Butler, co-founder of the Ashden Trust.

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