Making art in times of emergency

OCM & 101 Outdoor Arts present Communicating Climate Crisis: Making art in times of emergency

3 day residential lab, 7th-10th November 2022 @ 101 Outdoor Arts


Communicating Climate Crisis is a 3-day residential lab for artists working outdoors or in the public realm who are interested in making work about the climate crisis that engages audiences and inspires change.

How can we make work that communicates climate issues to audiences in ways that inspires, invigorates, and empowers? How do we encourage audiences to explore, question and take action for change?

Participants will consider how audiences may receive and interpret information about the climate crisis, and how to tackle key challenges in communicating climate issues. They will benefit from understanding the experiences of environmental campaign organisations in raising awareness and empowering audiences to take action to combat global warming, reduce pollution and bring about climate justice.

You will get the chance to add your voice to those conversations and learn from others, through group discussions, collaborative practical activities and specialist panels.


This lab is for artists making work in the outdoors and public space, working with any level of experience and across all disciplines. 5 spaces will be allocated to artists making sound art or contemporary music.

We will be selecting applicants to achieve a wide diversity of voices in the room, including diversity of cultural and socio-economic background, lived experience, artform/practice, experience of working on climate issues, and gender.


Communicating Climate Crisis is produced by Oxford Contemporary Music and 101 Outdoor Arts.


The lab is free for artists as part of 101 Outdoor Arts and OCM's supported programmes of professional development supported by Arts Council England, The Foyle Foundation and PRS Foundation.

Accommodation and catering is provided onsite in the Artists Village at 101 Outdoor Arts and travel bursaries are available on application.


Deadline for applications: 10am Wednesday 12th October and we will reply to all applicants with a decision by Monday 17th October.



If you would like to apply, please complete the google form:

If you would prefer to submit the answers to the questions by video, please email us a transfer link to your film instead (of up to 5 minutes in length).

All applications should be submitted online or to by 10am on Wednesday 12th October. Successful applications will be notified by Monday 17th October.

If you would like to receive this information in another format, have any questions or would like to speak to somebody about your application, please contact



Image credit: Kathy Hinde, Sonic Reed Beds. Audible Forces 2013