A range of expert voices offer their insight and expertise across some of the key fundraising and philanthropy topics of the moment, and the opportunities and challenges facing the arts sector as a whole.
This issue covers:
- Can the arts save the planet?
- How can funders encourage green philanthropy?
- Let's Create (Environmentally): the implications of the new Arts Council England strategy for arts fundraising
- Funding, collaborating and developing the cultural sector's response to climate change
- Overcoming the hurdles - what are the next steps for radical change in how we consume and experience art?
- What is ESG investing going to mean for trustees and charity investment?
- What can we learn from the IoF environmental toolkit?
- What are the best eco-friendly fundraisers?
- Can corporate sponsorship be an effective part of the environmental agenda?
Can the Arts help save the planet? What role do our artists, organisations and activists have in setting the environmental agenda?
By Michelle Wright, Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy
Of course, we know that the arts have the potential to change the world, but what can really be achieved in the area of the environment?
Claudia Rinke, writing for Innovators Magazine, offers optimism that art has the power to change society and the world, by moving people and offering new experiences. She explains that art encourages people to change their thinking and perceptions.
Art can also take the form of protest and can be a source of inspiration for economic and political leaders, activists, and all people interested in finding solutions.
Where it started
The arts have for decades been engaged in the discussion surrounding the environment. Examples of Environmental Art can be seen as far back as the 1960s, through initiatives such as Land Art.
Land Art, also known as earth art, links to the wider movement of conceptual art, a movement of artists who made pieces directly in the landscape. Land art emerged in the USA, in part as a component of a growing interest in ecology, environmental preservation, political activism, and women’s liberation, and as a protest against the commercial art market and an industrialised and polluted urban society.
Land Art was nonetheless criticised as leaving marks on nature and disrupting the natural landscape. The counter to this was Sustainable Art and Ecological Art. Sustainable Art is more careful about its influence and mark on nature, using natural materials that can easily decompose or leave no waste, either leaving no mark or even improving the natural landscape.
Ecological Art, or eco-art, meanwhile has a clear environmental goal. It has an activist and socially engaged aspect. Examples might include renewable energy sculptures.