Until April 2017, the Trust is undertaking a review of its work over the last 26 years and is not inviting any grant applications.
Ashden.org is a separate charity and continues to operate fully.
Arts and Sustainability
What do we support?
We recognise the critical importance of the arts and cultural sector to
explore sustainability issues and communicate these with wider society. Our
new approach is to make up to 10 grants per year to small, effective
organisations that are influential/leaders in this field.
For many years the The
Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance and
Ashdenizen Blog provided the space for thinking about the connections
between art, culture and environment/climate change. The directory also
provides database of productions that connect these themes. In autumn 2014
we will archive these sites. A book exploring the work of the directory,
including contributions made to the site from leading thinkers in the arts
and sustainability sectors will be published in September and be available
to download from the site.
What kind of projects have we funded?
Free Word is an international centre for literature, literacy and free
expression. Its 'How Might We Live Now' project aims to draw on the
knowledge of scientists, philosophers, economists and activists, engaging
writers and their stories to help envision and adopt new ways of living that
take account of climate change.
Based in a Grade II* listed former town hall, Battersea Arts Centre
offers a wide mixture of performances, discussions, creative learning,
family entertainment with a cafe and wedding and dance venue. It is
implementing a programme to reduce radically its environmental footprint.
A grant to the Open University to engage writers and editors to explore
narratives on climate change to make the issue more tangible and less
fearful and to prompt positive action. The second book in the series was
published in June 2014.
Arts Admin aims to be an 'arts lab' for the 21st Century fund and has
supports artists to explore sustainability issues through performance and
Julie's Bicycle supports arts organisations - both venues and
producers - to integrate good environmental management into their work. It
also supports leaders in the arts sector to explore how their leadership
role on sustainability within the sector and within wider society.