Time for Action
The British Council is pleased to announce the launch of 17 creative commissions exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology.
The commissions were awarded through a competitive open call process, and over 480 proposals were received from all over the world. Funded by British Council, the commissions will be developed by individuals and organisations in the UK working with partners in 28 countries.
The aspiration for these commissions is to stimulate global conversations about climate change, and to inspire transformational change.
The creative commissions will bring people together from the UK and 28 countries in varied cultures, from indigenous communities and rural areas to bustling metropolises to understand each other’s perspectives and collaborate on creative responses and solutions towards climate change.
We are delighted to have such a breadth of creative projects which tackle difficult issues head on, push boundaries and are a catalyst for real change challenging issues such as climate migration, plastic pollution, costal erosion, deforestation, biodiversity, landscape, air pollution, wildfire and melting glaciers. Throughout the year, projects will share their outcomes through a range of digital-first approaches, including creative digital platforms and tools – from web-based digital storytelling and virtual reality to digital comic anthology, animation films and 360-degree experiences.
As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are actively supporting groups and communities who are underrepresented in climate change discussions. We will engage with individuals and organisations of different genders, ethnicities, sexualities, abilities and ages – the majority of projects have a youth focus or are youth led.
About the creative commissions
These partnerships actively involve young people, as well as other groups and communities who are underrepresented in climate change discussions. They are also cross-disciplinary, bringing together 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 as projects develop, the partnerships will share their outcomes through a range of digital approaches and platforms, including web-based digital storytelling and virtual reality, digital comic anthology, animation films and 360-degree experiences.
- The commissions are being developed alongside a raft of other climate-themed activities the British Council is delivering in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting from 1-12 November 2021 in Glasgow. Join our climate activities in the run up to COP26.
The successful submissions
The British Council shares details of the projects that have been selected for the commission below: