The British Council is pleased to announce the launch of 17 Creative Commissions exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology.
The Creative Commissions have been awarded through a competitive open call process and over 480 proposals were received from all over the world. The British Council funded commissions will be developed by individuals and organisations in the UK working with partners in 33 countries.
The aspiration for these commissions is to stimulate global conversations about climate change and to inspire transformational change.
The Creative Commissions form part of the British Council’s global platform The Climate Connection, uniting people around the world to meet the climate challenge through arts, education and the English language. Taking place in the run up to the United Nations climate conference, COP26, it’s about sharing ideas and taking positive action together.
Working together to tackle climate change
The Creative Commissions are bringing together indigenous communities, people from rural areas and city dwellers to understand each other’s perspectives and collaborate on creative responses and solutions towards climate change. Projects will be tackling difficult issues head-on, push boundaries and become a catalyst for real change to challenge issues such as climate migration, plastic pollution, coastal erosion, deforestation, biodiversity and the effects of climate change on our environment.
As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are actively supporting groups and communities that are underrepresented in climate change discussions, and we will engage with individuals and organisations of different genders, ethnicities, sexualities, abilities and ages. The majority of selected projects have a youth focus or are youth-led.
About the Creative Commissions
The Creative Commissions are being developed as part of the British Council’s new programme – The Climate Connection – which is taking place in the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), The Climate Connection brings people around the world together to meet the challenges of climate change.
The Creative Commissions actively involve young people and groups and communities who are underrepresented in climate change discussions. The projects are cross-disciplinary, bringing together communities, artists, technologists, city planners, engineers, thought leaders, activists, scientists and others.
The 17 commissions will receive a total share of between £750,000 - £850,000 and will be developed between March and November 2021. Throughout the year, the selected projects will share their outcomes through a range of digital approaches – from web-based digital storytelling, digital comics, animation to virtual reality experiences. We will be showcasing the latest news on the projects on our channels and using hashtags #TheClimateConnection, #COP26 and #TogetherForOurPlanet.
The selected projects
Read more about the projects that have been selected for the Creative Commissions.