Creative Climate Leadership

26. December 2017. — Author: EXIT

17 November 2016 – Training course applications are now open for Creative Climate Leadership (CCL), a new pan-European programme for artists and cultural professionals to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience.

Now that the first universal agreement on climate change – the Paris Agreement – has come into force, there is a need for urgent, collaborative and creative leadership. Creative Climate Leadership recognises the unique role of culture to influence new ways of being, doing and thinking, and supports creative professionals to apply these abilities to the climate challenge. The programme will involve training courses, events and policy labs.

The first international training course will take place in London between 26th March – 1st April 2017, facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle and Slovenian-based development and training agency, PiNA. The five-day intensive course is aimed at artists and cultural professionals looking to develop their leadership skills in relation to climate change, and act on environmental targets and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals meaningfully through their work. Applications will be considered from all creative disciplines and art forms. A second training course will take place in Slovenia later in the year.

Applications for the London training course are now open at:

The week will bring together a range of speakers sharing case studies and practical approaches to environmental sustainability developed by and for the cultural sector, and enable participants to build resilience, explore approaches to organisational change, engage people with new narratives and shift values through art and design, encourage behaviour change through communications and advocacy, and develop collaborative ways of working to maximise impact.

The course costs £1,000 for UK residents and €1,200 for international applicants, which includes tuition, accommodation and food. Participants are expected to pay for their own travel. There are five free places and travel bursaries available for freelance (self-employed) applicants for each training course.

Creative Climate Leadership brings together eight European partners which represent a broad geographical reach, a variety of art form specialisms, and various approaches to capacity building for environmental action across the European creative sector. It is led by Julie’s Bicycle, a London-based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability and supported by On The Move, PiNA, EXIT Foundation, KRUG, Ars Baltica, COAL and mitos21.

Find out more about the programme at