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We’re looking for 4 Creatives to work with us on our Community Climate Action Project

Posted on 6th April 2021

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.

The Brief  

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.

Project summary

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:  

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

We are looking for four Bristol based creatives who have: 

Useful reference links:  

Budget: 

£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: 

To apply please submit (via email):  

Application deadline12 noon on Tuesday 20th April 2021 

Please email applications directly to Kirsty Hammond Climate Action Development Practitioner kirsty.hammond@heartofbs13.org.uk

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: kirsty.hammond@heartofbs13.org.uk