For teams

Eco Art Action Lab, October 2021, photo by Bartek Wisnieski

Talks and training for professional groups or events

We aim to support cultural and civic workers to engage communities with the Earth crisis. We offer speakers for talks and workshops for teams or workers who might be in:

  • Arts & Culture organisations or networks
  • Environmental NGOs or voluntary groups
  • Public engagement with research, or in education
  • Businesses dealing with sustainability or social change

These bring some of our collections and activities to help you think through:

  1. Grasping the situation: what is the Earth crisis?
  2. Changing organisations: possible paths to action?
  3. Cultural response: Eco Lens on Things

1. Grasping the situation: what is the Earth crisis?

What is the Earth crisis? How do we feel about it? What terms can we use to think about it? How might we talk about extreme weather, or ‘climate emotions’, or think about the future?

We cover this theme most often in short talks, between 10 minutes to an hour long, contributing to training courses or conferences. Longer sessions can include creative prompts for discussion. You can contact us to facilitate a stand-alone session (60-90 minutes) for your organisation, or to slot into an existing event. 

Cost minimum £100 for short session, up to £250 for 90 minutes online. (Real world workshop £300 plus travel costs e.g. from London). 

2. Changing organisations: possible paths to action

How does the crisis throw into question our mission, our structure, and our values? What are the possible paths to action? What assets and agency do we have to protect our organisation, to avoid environmental harm, to support community learning and resilience, and to help those who are affected by the Earth crisis?

We can offer a two hour facilitated session, ideally with people from different roles or teams within an organisation. It can also work with students or trainees coming from several organisations into a course. This uses our Culture Takes Action framework to explore your ‘Story of Change-making’ and to identify possible paths to action. If you’re not a cultural organisation, these eight pathways can be adapted to be more general and relevant to your work.

Cost £300 online for two hours. (Real world workshop £400 plus travel costs e.g. from London). 

3. Cultural response: Eco Lens on Things 

How can we put an Eco Lens on our assets and collections? How can we work with communities and audiences and activate them in this crisis? 

This modular offer suits staff in museums, archives, galleries or heritage organisations. Eco Lens on Things helps them interpret collections and sites in ways that address public needs to engage with the Earth crisis. It consists of a menu of options that you can plug and play, in collaboration with our associates who might be able to work in person locally with you. 

There are multiple ways of seeing ecologically, including a ‘more-than-human’ lens, or seeing global in the local. If there is a single eco lens, then it’s the widest possible way of seeing, or a ‘macroscope’. This thinking, and our six principles, run through our approach. The modules you can choose from:

An introductory training session

This is most likely to be online, for staff, students, volunteers and/or community stakeholders. 2 hours, facilitated by one or two of our associates. This might include an introduction to the Earth crisis, key concepts and eco-psychology. Then a focus on your context and needs, perhaps working with a sample of your collections to explore interpretive approaches. We would provide suggestions for follow-up activities for your team, and further resources to look at. 

Cost £300 online, 2 hours. (Real world workshop £400 plus travel costs e.g. from London). 

We can supply high res files for a display of interactive posters and printable sheets of activities. The main posters are designed by young people, and they can be seen here. Our plan is to add to this with more content, including ‘printables’ that can be cut out or folded, to enable visitors to see with their own eco lenses. 

Cost £440, to include a briefing and selection of additional printable activities 

Mentorship / coaching

We can provide ongoing support and mentorship, which might be for an emerging practitioner new in a role tackling a project on climate and ecology themes, or it might be for a manager dealing with challenges. This might involve helping you recruit a Young Associate who becomes part of the CMUK community while being located locally to you, and able to work on your project as funding allows. 

Cost £250 a month for e.g. 4 x one-to-one conversations (includes 10% CMUK admin costs).  

Bespoke creation of resources, experiences and activities

We can respond to your commissions, drawing on our team and wider network of artists, exhibition designers, educators and science communicators. We can produce, for example, artworks for display or for your collection, adapted found objects for handling sessions, written texts, digital projects, or learning resources. If you want a local artist / educator to work in a direct or participatory way, we can help brief and mentor them, so that they become part of the CMUK community. 

Cost: dependent on your budget and needs. Working to ACE recommendation of artist daily rate at £250 plus materials/transport expenses (and 10% CMUK admin costs).

We offer unique training, valuable because of the complex nature of the Emergency, and the way it challenges everything we take for granted. Please get in touch on to discuss your needs, your budget and what we can offer.

“That was fabulous! You are indeed doing what you say…talking about the problem and engaging with both public and peers. I am inspired.” Alison Smith, following training workshop at MuseumNext, London, June 2019

“Many thanks for your excellent workshop on Friday – you really managed to get everyone talking and thinking about what might be achievable and I hope that we’ll have a good starting point from which things may be taken forward.”  Yvette Shepherd, Museum Development Officer for Organisational Health, after a workshop on ‘What can museums & archives do about climate change?’, November 2019

“The most impressive content from Theme days that ended yesterday was Bridget McKenzie’s keynote speech.”; “It got me thinking about sustainable development in my own work, how we could improve this in everyday work in community section”; “Your performance was the most believable and relatable of them all.” Some comments about a keynote at Museum Theme Days in Helsinki, 2019