In 2007, CIWEM launched a major new strategic programme on Arts and Environment with the formation of the Arts and Environment Network (AEN).
The programme includes leading and influencing national policy dialogues on the subject, and building strong new alliances for an increasingly shared agenda. Key advocacy messages and recommended actions are directed at broadening these efforts, and at seeking greater cross-sectoral coherence of policy thinking.
In November 2018, Clive Adams wrote on behalf of the AEN to Sir Nick Serota, Chair, Arts Council England to raise the importance of support for artists to engage with issues of climate change and wider environmental threats. The letter, together with Sir Nick's response, may be found below:
In 2012 the AEN and its associates declared their diverse interests, beliefs and intentions in the production of WE ASSERT! A Manifesto. Taking its inspiration from historic manifestos of political and artistic intent, this collection of texts and images presents the intensely personal, the deeply philosophical, and the clearly articulated ideas, frustration, anger, love, pain and hope for our futures.
The Network is particularly keen to help spread the word about interesting case experiences of using the arts to address environmental issues in the UK and overseas. We will feature work from all arts disciplines, in order to help promote creative approaches to the environmental challenges we all face.
Please let us know of examples of projects and initiatives you have come across, or been involved in, which offer useful experiences and inspiration for others, including ‘lessons learned’.
Below are some case studies and experiences of using the arts to address environmental issues in the UK and overseas.
AEN operates a high-profile Arts and Environment Award, to recognise innovation
and excellence in work by arts practitioners or environmentalists engaging with
arts practices. The award was previously named the AWEinspiring! Award. For
further details and past winners, please see the Nick Reeves Award page.
The Arts and Environment Network Steering Group meet every few months to discuss how CIWEM can bring creativity into the heart of environmental practices and actions. We wish to include all CIWEM members and stakeholders in this process, so if you would like to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In July 2018 the AEN convened a meeting held at CIWEM to instigate a national discussion on the evolving frontiers of arts-led responses to the ecological issues of our time. Read notes of the meeting here.
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