Call for submissions & nominations: creative responses to the climate crisis
Updated: Mar 6
"It is difficult to get someone to understand something if his salary depends on him not understanding it.”
We think this Upton Sinclair quote captures some of the struggles we’ve had in mobilising people towards climate action; it’s difficult to get people to fully understand, accept, and take action on climate change, when most of our work and social lives depend on activities that contribute to it.
However, we believe it’s possible to break out of this trap, and that the creative world has a powerful role to play in challenging our perceptions, communicating the facts about climate change, and inspiring action.
“Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” Bertolt Brecht
To that end, on 18th March, Climate Cocktail Club London will host 250 people at our event “Creative Responses to the Climate Crisis”. The venue for the event is the fantastic Arboretum, a sustainability-focused members club in Charing Cross, which offers the opportunity to display works of art, design and other creative responses.
And so, we call on all creatives to submit your work or nominate others for display at the event, to help us stir up climate action! Read on below to find out how...
The fun stuff:
Our criteria: we’ll pick the work that we think will help most to stir up climate action. This may be because it demonstrates the facts so powerfully that it frightens us to act. It may help inspire people by capturing the imagination of a climate solution in a beautiful way. Or it may inject a little humour into proceedings…
Whatever medium you want (within reason!): you can submit 2D designs / posters / paintings / drawings, 3D sculptures, games, or videos – try us!
We’ll provide the work a platform: we’ll include information alongside the works that will name the creator, list any website / social media / contact details, and we’ll also credit your/the creator's work in the follow up email to all registrants of the event and may share your/the creator's work on our social media profiles before and after the event.
(if you want) We can indicate your work is for sale; on condition that you/the creator commit to donate 10% of any sale to Project Drawdown
it doesn't need to have been created for this event
The boring stuff:
Deadline is midnight March 8th: Email photos / copies of your/the creator's work: to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll pick our favourite work and let you know by Midnight 10th March if you’ve been selected
Delivery: If selected, you will need to drop your work off at Arboretum (2A Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0HF), by 15:00 18th March. The venue is open 09:00-18:00, 7 days a week
If your work is 2D:
You can submit works that are up to A0 in size
We will offer to print, in colour, any entries we select up to A2 in size
We’ll hang the work
If your work is 3D:
3 foot by 3 foot by 3 foot is the max size we’ll accept
We may communicate with you on how best to display the work
If your work is a video:
5 minutes is the maximum length of videos we’ll accept (although we’re expecting the average to be around 1 minute)
If your work is a game:
We have some medium-sized tables next to some sofas as well as plenty of wall space for your interactive creations
Other terms and conditions:
If you choose to display your work at the event, you do so at your own risk. Neither the event organisers, nor the venue, can take responsibility for loss or damage to your works (although we will do our best to look after them and ensure people at the event are aware of the delicate environment around them! It should be noted that the venue has never experienced any damage being done to anything exhibited in the venue)
All works submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. Creators must warrant that the works they are submitting are their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
Copyright of all works submitted for this event remains with the respective creators. However, in consideration of submitting their work, each creator grants Climate Cocktail Club the rights to feature the submitted work with appropriate credit in any of their publications, websites, social media and/or promotional material connected to this and any future events.
Any questions, send them to email@example.com
Get creating! (Or telling your mates).