The arts sector is uniquely positioned to inform public debate on climate change and to explore solutions. Examining worldviews, social realities and physical circumstances has been a concern of the arts since prehistory. As public concern about climate change and other ecological issues grows, so does the engagement of arts practitioners with these issues. Arts Council England wants to support opportunities for creative engagement on ecological issues.
This D?Art was initiated in order to support both the practical and emerging creative engagement of the arts sector with climate change. The instigators of the project wanted to gather together evidence and experiences, both in England and internationally, on practical support measures to help arts organisations reduce their ecological impact. They judged this to be a good time for reviewing current initiatives happening in England and elsewhere in order to identify opportunities for sharing approaches, explore joined-up working, and avoid duplication.