Reflections on the NPO – and new chapters

Posted on 10.11.2022

We would like to let our supporters know that unfortunately we have not been successful in our NPO 2023-2026 application to the Arts Council. 

We were disappointed by this result given our strong track record of working with artists and scientists since 2009 on one of the most important issues of our time: the climate crisis. We continue to look ahead and will keep delivering thought provoking, inspirational work with this focus.

Alice Sharp, our Artistic Director, would like to thank our amazing team and trustees who have recently produced:

Breathe:2022 by Dryden Goodwin on air pollution with Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, which has already reached 13 million people across the UK.

Wild Eye with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust creating the first permanent sculptures on nature and climate in North Yorkshire, by Ryan Gander and Juneau Projects.

UnNatural History, our exhibition as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 21, which received 4 out of 5 stars from The Times.

Forecast, Bringing together artists, scientists, thinkers and change-makers from across the globe, to make space for reflection and promote fresh ways of seeing the world.

In 2023/4, we will continue Wild Eye, Breathe:2022 and Forecast programmes. We have also been appointed the artistic directors for a new Royal Docks season of sustainability commissions by a partnership of the Royal Docks Cultural Team and UCL.

Our work is vital at a time with so much uncertainty and division and with the enormity of the climate crisis. We aim to produce art that enables us, as the late Bruno Latour said, to learn ‘to live like earthlings’. We are disappointed by this result but we will continue to work in new ways with our thoughtful and inclusive projects which address the increasing pace of climate change. In the arts, we are part of a thriving ecosystem and we send congratulations to the organisations who will form the new portfolio from 2023-26.’ Alice Sharp, Artistic Director

Image credit: Ryan Gander, ‘We are only human (Incomplete sculpture for Scarborough to be finished by snow)’, 2022 photo by Jules Lister 

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