Practical Guides

GALA Funding and Resources Guide

The Gala Funding and Resources Guide (second edition), is the updated edition of the guide first produced in 2015 within the scope of the Green Art Lab Alliance. The guide is articulated around two main parts: a first one around funding for arts and culture projects related to environmental sustainability (support schemes, transnational supports, European projects, residencies, festivals etc.) and a second one on sources of inspiration for more responsible action. The Gala Funding Guide is available in French and English.

Arts And Culture For Ecological Transformation

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has published its ninth report titled “Arts and Culture for Ecological Transformation” in the scope of its cultural policy studies. The report draws attention to the current ecological crisis and invites the world of arts and culture to reflect together on the problem towards devising solutions. The report offers concrete suggestions for transformation to arts and culture institutions while featuring case studies from the field research conducted with organisations in the Netherlands and England.

Planet Positive Printing

Historically the print industry is heavily polluting and damaging to our environment. For this Guide, gala partner Julie’s Bicycle partnered up with Seacourt to turn this around. Planet Positive Printing explains
how to be a Net Positive business, meaning to give back more than you consume and how to offer 100% waterless printing with zero chemicals, VOC (volatile organic compound) free inks, zero waste to landfill and closed loop lifecycle of every product.
Seacourt have created this resource with Julie’s Bicycle, specifically for the creative sector to help guide you in ensuring the
most sustainable printing options for your organisation.

Art For The Planet’s Sake

This Fresh Perspectives publication by IETM, produced in collaboration with gala partner COAL, explores how art prepares us for
change – not in calculations but in humanity. Art taps into a different instinct and rationale than political rhetoric, corporate
sales-patter and scientific data. The publication brings together practices of art and climate change acknowledging that scientists informed us that our civilisation is nearing collapse, but that we need the help of the artists to imagine and implement a radical change towards a low-carbon and low-resource economy.

Arts In Rural Areas

This Fresh Perspectives publication by IETM, highlights the valuable contribution contemporary arts have in non-urban areas and brings the views of three experts on sustainable ways to improve conditions for artists working in those areas. The text is largely based on the conclusions made during the IETM Satellite in Wales 2018 and several working sessions on the topic organised during the plenary meetings of the network’s AREA group (Art in Rural Areas).

Good Energy Handbook

Julie’s Bicycle have been working with Good Energy to produce a handy infographic guide to buying green power for your business. It provides answers to questions including:
– What is sustainably sourced renewable electricity?
– How can you be sure you’re buying a sustainably sourced supply?
– How to check a supplier’s published power sources?
– How to check the origins of a supplier’s renewable power?
– How to check if a supply is matched with demand?
– How sustainably sourced is your renewable power?

Culture And Climate Change

Every city needs culture to animate action on the environment; it provides the inspiration and space to rethink and rehearse new ways of co-existing – with each other and with our surroundings.
Julie’s Bicycle has been working in partnership with World Cities Culture Forum – a network of 38 global cities who share a belief in the vital role of culture in their future prosperity – to support its member cities to understand, connect and scale-up their culture and climate change agenda. This report celebrates the good practices of 14 cities within the World Cities Culture Forum membership, highlighting their creative climate initiatives across four thematic areas: policy and strategy; resource and support; partnerships and innovation; and creative programmes and campaigns.

Funding Guide

The idea for this funding guide emerged during the two-year development of gala Europe (2013 – 2015) and synthesises some of the approaches and funding models used by gala partners to commission environmentally-themed work and practically explore new ways of working. It aims to signpost artists to relevant funding bodies and encourage innovative ways to support cross-sector projects embedding environmental sustainability.  Funding sources tend to be focused on a specific discipline, or targeted towards either the cultural sector or the environmental field, but rarely both at the same time. We want to highlight the multiple and innovative ways that funding bodies are beginning to challenge this and recognise the growing genre of environmentally-themed cultural work, and highlight the various models through which artists and cultural organisations are finding support for arts and sustainability projects.

gala Report

This publication is a reflection on how gala functioned in its first years (2013-2015) made by our evaluator Judith Staines. This report sums up how gala was engaged in appraising, defining and questioning the territory in which it operated. This was done at the human level (the capacity of the partner organisations varied enormously), in terms of communications, policy frameworks and the overall national/regional context for the different activities. gala needed to observe where its activities were most needed and where they were most effective, taking into account that much of the learning might have longer-term results beyond the project period. gala also made a commitment to use carbon measurement tools to benchmark the core environmental impacts of its activities, an important practical contribution to other European cultural projects.