Green Art Lab Alliance Asia – Launch

index13th of December we are publicly launching the Green Art Lab Alliance Asia with a Julie’s Bicycle workshop as well as with talks from 8 art collectives across Asia. Check it out!

Bamboo Curtain Studio invites you to the launch of the Green Art Lab Alliance ASIA, with an afternoon of  talks and a workshop concerning artists engaging with environmental issues. We have invited 8 pioneering and interesting art collectives from across Asia to share their best practice stories with us.

GALA ASIA ‘ talks and workshop’ will take place on the 13th of December at the Centre for Creative Reuse. This gathering will mark the launch of the Green Art Lab Alliance ASIA, an an international network of cultural organisations engaging with environmental issues. We have invited artist’ collectives from 8 countries to get to know each other and establish the alliance, including Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Malaysia.

In addition Bamboo Curtain Studio invited two researchers from Europe who are both specialised in environmental sustainability for the cultural sector: the founder of the Green Art Lab Alliance Yasmine Ostendorf and the Environmental Sustainability Manager at Julie’s Bicycle, Luke Ramsay, Luke is trained in giving workshops to cultural organisations on understanding and reducing their environmental footprint, using the Creative IG-Tools; tailor-made carbon calculators for the cultural sector. Luke Ramsay will give a tailor-made workshop on the Creative IG -tools and both of them will share their experience in Europe.

Bamboo Curtain Studio is glad to have a chance collaborate with the Creative Reuse Center (CRC). CRC was founded by Lovely Taiwan Foundation in 2015 and maintains an environmental friendly approach re-using materials devoted to art education and creativity. Their environmental friendly recycled materials are used for exhibitions, workshops, markets and guides, amongst others.

Bamboo Curtain Studio has low carbon living and sustainability just as high on the agenda has creativity and hopes you will be interested to join and share your vision and experiences with us. We hope that with your input we can connect and share and move towards a cleaner, healthier and creative cultural sector.

Supporters: British Council, Mondriaan Foundation, Arts Collaboratory (Stichting DOEN) and the Lovely Taiwan Foundation

* This event is part of ArtCOP21, a A global festival of cultural activity on climate change.

The objectives of GALA-Asia are to:

– Build a foundation for a network of cultural organisations engaging with environmental issues.
– Identify needs and wishes from partners.
– Advocate the role the cultural sector can play in addressing social and environmental issues.
– Catalyse further cultural collaborations on the issue of sustainability.
– Exchange knowledge and experience around engaging with these issues.

Asia participants are:

Singapore: Brack
Philippines: CAP (Concerned Artists of the Philippines)
Japan: Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Indonesia: Common Room (Bandung)
Korea: Listen to the City
Hong Kong: MaD (Make a Difference)
Malaysia: Kontak!
Thailand: Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
and a wide range of Taiwanese art organisations.

The programme is available through this weblink GALA ASIA Introduction.

The researchers are:

– Luke Ramsay is Environmental Sustainability Manager at Julie’s Bicycle, a London based charity advising the cultural sector on how to reduce its environmental impact, using a wide range of resources and tailor made carbon calculators. Major cultural institutes such as the Tate Gallery and the Royal Albert Hall are amongst Julie’s Bicycle’s clients and users of the tools.
– More info: http://www.juliesbicycle.com

– Yasmine Ostendorf is a cultural policy researcher who has founded the Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA); a knowledge alliance of cultural organisations engaging with environmental issues. She is currently doing research across Asia mapping cultural responses to sustainability.
– Creative Responses to Sustainability (Korea Guide) - More info about GALA: http://www.transartists.org/activities/gala

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