The Accelerator Programme is a partnership between Julie's Bicycle and Arts Council England to inspire environmental action across the arts and cultural sector. In collaboration with Live Art UK, a national network of 30 venues, festivals and organisations that regularly provides information, collaborations, bursaries and opportunities across the Live Art sector, Gasworks & Triangle Network, will think strategically about, and continue to act on issues of Climate Justice. The programme runs until March 2022.
We will address the challenges of Climate Justice within the context of both organisations’ creative field, and the large networks of organisations that we host both nationally and internationally.
The project will respond to individuals and organisations that are hardest hit by climate catastrophe and social injustice, research how organisations across international networks can better communicate, readdress past harms and strive to move from an extractive framework to a regenerative one. Gasworks & Triangle Network and LADA intend to look at the cultural sector through an intersectional lens, understanding how Class, Race, Sexuality, Age and Gender informs artists and organisations’ opportunities, resources and structures within the arts sector and society as a whole.
We hope this work will empower our partners in Live Art UK and the Triangle Network to influence others around them, whether this be staff, artists or audiences local to their organisations who are either the most affected, displaced and/or oppressed. The impact we will strive to achieve is the transference of knowledge, and power, from those least affected, to those who are the most.
The ultimate aim of this collaboration is to ensure the values of Climate Justice can be put to use more effectively for the benefit of those disproportionality affected by climate catastrophe and social injustice.
To be a truly Just, critical and accountable project, we needed to invite an external, critical and expert voice with lived experience of climate catastrophe and social injustice to help provide support, give genuine and immediate feedback, and to ultimately tell us where we are going wrong.
Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities. Ama is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies with Dr Gail Lewis at Birkbeck. Her research takes a queer, decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on inherently environmentalist pleasure practices in Ghana. Ama is a member of Queer Ecologies 2020, founder of The Apocalypse Reading Room installation and Lead Artist on the MycoLective project with Chisenhale Studios and Feral Practice.
Ama’s responsibilities include critiquing, responding to, and directly feeding into the project. Such as providing mentorship and assistance to Gasworks & Triangle Netowork; Contributing to the outcomes and legacies of the project; To research, write and collaborate on a LADA Study Room Guide.
Image Credit: Ama Josephine Budge, Photo by Zachary Maxwell Stertz
As part of the Accelerator Programme, all organisations and partners will share ‘insights’ from our work over the course of the programme. Here you will find the first Gasworks & Triangle Network, LADA and Ama’s ongoing thoughts and learnings. Please see PDFs in the resources section below.