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Last updated June 2021

We are supporting two key pieces of activity focusing on climate change in relation to COP26.

Climate Beacons

Funded by Creative Scotland, and managed by Creative Carbon Scotland, Climate Beacons for COP26 is a Scotland-wide collaborative project between climate change or environmental organisations and arts, heritage or cultural organisations to stimulate long-term public engagement in the lead-up to and following COP26.

Seven hubs known as ‘Climate Beacons’ are taking form in Argyll, Caithness & East Sutherland, Fife, Inverclyde, Midlothian, the Outer Hebrides, and Tayside. Bringing together shared resources and knowledge from cultural and climate organisations, the Climate Beacons will provide a welcoming physical and virtual space for the public, artists and cultural sector professionals, environmental NGOs, scientists and policymakers to discuss and debate COP26 themes and climate action specific to each local area.

Read more about Climate Beacons

1.5o Film Challenge

Screen Scotland are supporting a new short filmmaking challenge delivered by Film Access Scotland to coincide with COP26.

The film challenge aims to engage people all over Scotland with the climate crisis and increase public awareness of the threat climate change poses to us all. Through a series of skills training workshops, people of all ages across Scotland will be provided with the tools and knowledge to tell their own stories about the impact climate change has or may have on their lives, communities and local environment through a 90 second film.

The challenge will be announced mid-June. Stay up-to-date via their social media pages:

Twitter: @screenscots

Instagram: @screenscots

A selection of supported work through Regular Funding and Open Funding programmes include:

‘Enough is Enough’ | Oi Musica

A group of Scottish artists including Karine Polwart are collaborating with 150 singers, drummers and base players in a musical response to COP 26. They are inviting musicians to create an exciting tidal wave of music focused on COP 26.

ATLAS Arts  - CLIMAVORE project

The CLIMAVORE project is encouraging a change in food production and consumption habits in the face of the climate crisis, developing pedagogical programmes on intertidal ecologies and regenerative aqua-cultures in Skye and Raasay, as well as the wider Highlands and Islands.

Vision Mechanics - Creators of STORM, the giant puppet

Made from plastic found in the sea, STORM is an awe-inspiring, 10-metre tall puppet. She is inspired by the rich heritage and diverse culture of Scotland’s coasts and waters, but also carries a warning about the need to heal our planet by taking care of and celebrating the natural wonders and wildlife of the oceans. Between April-October 2021, Vision Mechanics plans to take STORM to coastal, rural and urban communities across Scotland.

OceanARTic

OceanARTic is an art and marine science collaboration telling climate change stories in the context of the upcoming CoP26 International Climate summit in Glasgow in late 2021. Ocean ARTic will explore emotional, aesthetic and intellectual connections between our understanding and experience of climate change.