Season for Change in the UK

Led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Season for Change is a UK-wide arts commissioning and events programme which aims to showcase cultural leadership on climate action and platform voices that are historically excluded from the climate conversation.

The public programme, which runs from February-May 2021, will be co-created with partner organisations and artists across the UK, featuring major participatory commissions, digital content, performances, exhibitions, talks, film screenings and workshops. 

Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, says: “Arts and culture, now more than ever, play crucial roles in all of our lives. I believe in their power to bring communities together, create more inclusive societies and ultimately make the world a better place – which includes building a more environmentally sustainable future for everyone. ‘Season for Change’ raises awareness and champions innovation, bringing the cultural sector together to drive real change. I’m very pleased that the Arts Council has been able to support the programme, and congratulate Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin in bringing together this thought-provoking project, especially during the circumstances of the pandemic.”

Running until April 2021, the Common Ground initiative supports four UK-based artists and makers to create collaborative works centred around underrepresented communities in the climate movement. Applications were welcomed from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (people of colour), refugee, D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, working-class and LGBTQI+ creators.

The four Common Ground artists are Jennifer Farmer & Zoe Palmer (theatre-maker and facilitator, and writer, maker and human ecologist); recording artist, songwriter and producer Love Ssega; artist-researcher and activist Rosa Cisneros; and artist Hwa Young Jung.  Each artist will receive £10,000 towards their project and will be supported throughout with a professional development programme.

Ranging from British-Ugandan artist and producer (co-founder of Clean Bandit), Love Ssega, addressing the issue of air-pollution for Black communities in Lewisham to artist-duo, Jennifer Farmer & Zoe Palmer reimagining our relationship with the British countryside working with communities of African heritage and British farmer groups in the West Country, the ‘Common Ground’ commissions of Season For Change have been announced, platforming voices excluded from the climate conversation to tackle climate justice.