Bristol Community Climate Action Project Creative Commissions (x4)
We are seeking 4 x artists/creatives to collaborate on our Community Climate Action Project helping us to engage creatively with young people in BS13.
About the Climate Action Project
In October 2020 we launched the Community Climate Action project with support from the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund. Our aim is to support our community to play its part in shaping Bristol’s transition to low carbon and climate-resilient city.
The project aims to change perceptions about how every one of us can make changes in our lives to tackle carbon emissions by empowering under-represented voices to become part of the climate change debate.
During 2021, Heart of BS13 will be actively engaging with our community, collaborating with Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol City Council and the Centre for Sustainable Energy to identify community priorities for action. The outcome will be a community-led climate action plan which in turn will support Bristol’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030.
The action plans will focus on improving the quality life for local people whilst simultaneously reducing carbon emissions. Each community partner has developed a unique approach to engage and inspire their communities with conversations and activities around climate action – and we’re doing all this within the challenging context of the Covid situation!
Read the most recent new update on the project:
Let’s make change happen in Bristol: Community coproduction at the heart of climate action – Bristol Green Capital
About Heart of BS13
Heart of BS13 is charity working with the BS13 community in South Bristol. The area remains amongst the bottom 10% of the most socially and economically deprived parts of England and features significantly in national data as a place in which food insecurity and poor physical and mental health contribute to significant ill health and early death.
Heart of BS13’s mission is to align entrepreneurship and social purpose so that we can challenge the structural inequalities that lead to poor health outcomes in BS13. We do this by developing social enterprise and our ambition is to put BS13 on the map as a place where innovation and economic activity creates a healthy and thriving community.
In July 2020, Heart of BS13 became part of a consortium of Climate Action Partners from across the city, funded to generate new thinking and leadership around the climate and environmental emergency. We are mobilising BS13 residents of all ages to think about how strategies for carbon reduction and biodiversity protection can improve health and bring new employment opportunities to the area.
Our aim for this project is to collaborate with primary, secondary, SEN schools and community groups in BS13 to open discussions about the climate crisis and bring people on a journey of learning and action. We are specifically putting young people at the front and centre of our approach to this project in recognition that it is future generations who will need to lead and inspire our world into climate action and green economic activity.
Heart of BS13 would like to commission 4 x artists/creatives to deliver the creative component of the Community Climate Action (CCA) project. Between May – July 2021. The 4 dynamic creatives will provide innovative, engaging workshops that support the aims of the CCA project. We want to challenge perceptions, give young people a voice and champion the need for an equitable transition to zero carbon.
We are open to collaborating with creatives from any discipline, but would we specifically like to commission:
• 2 x Visual Arts -sculpture, mosaics, junk modelling and graffiti
• 1 x Music – rap, beat box and spoken word
• 1 x Theatre, interactive games and dance
We are open to working with young/emerging creatives, creative collectives and smaller arts organisations who can effectively work within the management, budget and timescale considerations of the project. The selected artist/ creatives will be commissioned directly by Heart of BS13. We will be the main point of contact, provide knowledge and interface around climate crisis topics and who will be responsible for the overall project management of the work in BS13.
We would like each of the creative commissions to:
- Look at how these artforms can align / link in with the Climate topics we want to cover:
Fast fashion, Green Energy, Green Economic Jobs, Transport, Fuel Poverty, Biodiversity, Plastics, Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle, Low Carbon Living, Sustainable Living, Food waste, Carbon Measuring and Offsetting
- Produce high quality, impactful and accessible creative workshops that help to communicate young peoples’ view points on climate action and its relevance to people living in BS13
- Organise and curate the interesting stories, recordings and art/ sculpture pieces we expect to emerge from each of the workshops and make them accessible for events and publicising online (e.g. For a Festival of climate action inspired ideas that will run in the autumn of 2021, the Heart of BS13 Website, Bristol Climate Hub)
- Open a debate around climate change helping to make it relevant and accessible to BS13’s community.
We are looking for four Bristol based creatives who have:
- an interest in climate change
- good collaborative and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- several years’ experience of socially engaged practice and delivering creative projects with communities and within educational settings.
- knowledge of Bristol and experience of working with communities within the city
- a current enhanced DBS check and own public liability insurance
- ability to deliver this project effectively on time and on budget, in a freelance capacity (pay their own tax and national insurance).
- experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs
Useful reference links:
- Bristol Climate Hub:
- Heart of BS13: https://www.heartofbs13.org.uk
- Bristol One City Climate Strategy: www.bristolonecity.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/one-city-climate-strategy.pdf
- National Lottery Climate Action Fund: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/blog/2021-01-26/the-story-of-caf-so-far
- Bristol Green Capital Partnership: Bristol Green Capital Partnership
- Grantham Institute – 9 things you can do about climate change: Nine-things-you-can-do-about-climate-change.pdf (imperial.ac.uk)
£2,375 inclusive of VAT and travel expenses for each of the 4-x artists.
(A small additional budget for materials is available TBC)
This amount corresponds to our expectation of your commitment to 7 full days of workshop delivery plus 1 day for prep and collation plus a 2-hour climate action/information training session.
Delivery Plan and Timescale:
- 2-hour training workshop on Tuesday 27th April 2021
- We will deliver the engagement work in May, June and July 21 depending on School’s requirements and specifications.
- Working with 3 x secondary, 6 x primary and 2x SEN schools and 2 x further educations providers within BS13
- Each artist will have an additional creative support assistant provided by Heart of BS13 with additional support from Disability Equality Forum for the work within SEN schools.
To apply please submit (via email):
- a brief proposal (Max: 1 x side A4 / 500 words) describing the impact that your approach aims to have on your audience/participants, outlining your approach and why you would like to deliver this commission
- specify which of the commission (visual arts or interactive/performance) you are responding to
- a CV to outline relevant experience.
Application deadline: 12 noon on Tuesday 20th April 2021
Please email applications directly to Kirsty Hammond Climate Action Development Practitioner email@example.com
Selection process: Following shortlisting Heart of BS13 will invite 8 creatives (2 from each commissions) for a short (30 min) online informal conversation on awarding the commission to the most suitable candidates. Interviews will take place Friday 23rd April 2021
Successful Candidates will be required to attend a 2-hour training workshop on Tuesday 27th April 2021.
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org