Climate Action Fund makes a difference

Three artists and curators will develop exciting new projects with a focus on sustainability, thanks to the Mandate Climate Action Fund.

Oban based curator Naoko Mabon will work with young people in Oban and across Argyll and Bute, delivering workshops that will help them to understand the causes and consequences of climate change and encourage them to take action. Naoko will undertake training to become a workshop facilitator with Climate Fresk, an organisation that aims to raise public awareness around the world about climate change.

Naoko says: “Sustaining the intensity of climate dialogues brought around COP26, this Mandate Climate Action Fund allows me to become one of 10,000+ Climate Fresk workshop facilitators for collective actions.

The change in my position from a participant to a facilitator will not only give me a crucial and challenging chance and responsibility to implement a sustainable and environmentally-just approach within my curatorial practice, but also to share knowledge with both local and creative communities to inspire actions”

Freelance teaching artist Louise K Fraser will help teachers in Edinburgh to develop a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and affordable approach to creative making for themselves and in their classroom. A series of six workshops will help teachers broaden their understanding of what can be used as art materials when working with children, building confidence in trying new things and using smaller amounts of art materials with great effect.

Louise says: “I am hugely excited to have been awarded mandate climate action fund.  It will enable me to move forward with Use What You Need – A Teachers Studio Project. As a neurodivergent teaching artist the additional access support funding will make all the difference in making this project viable for me.”

Artist Tim Collins, has been having regular meet ups with fellow studio holders at Glasgow Sculpture Studios to talk about climate change and the impact on art making. With funding, Tim will initiate a series of talks that consider the role of art, artists, curators, art historians and organisations in our changing environment. These will take place at GSS, for studio members and other artists and will present a selection of speakers that will stimulate discussion on ideas and interests that define our rapidly changing world.

The Mandate Climate Action Fund is delivered in partnership with Engage Scotland. The fund is designed to help SCAN and Engage members undertake training with a climate or sustainability focus, develop creative activity with a sustainability focus or acquire materials that support climate adaptation in their creative practice.

The Mandate Climate Action Fund is supported by Creative Scotland.

Image: Ecomuseum, courtesy artist Naoko Mabon