Culture Declares

Culture Declares is a movement of individuals and organisations in the arts and culture sectors declaring a climate and ecological emergency. Beyond this declaration, we form communities (e.g. in local Hubs) to tell truths, take action and seek justice.

I was a core co-founder of this movement, from early 2019 and I am still actively involved across strategy, communications and evaluation, as well as starting to be active in Culture Declares East of England.

This work has involved:

  • Writing the original website, setting up databases and comms tools
  • Being involved in the comms and plans for all the actions and events, including the April 2019 launch, the July 2019 assembly, the rally for imagination and many more since
  • Involvement in gatherings & meetings to engage large national organisations such as the Natural History Museum and Tate to declare emergency and develop programmes in response
  • Involved in convening an Alliance of Declarers of many other declaring initiatives within and beyond the cultural sector
  • Writing a large number of learning resources, presentations, position statements and strategy documents. See, for example, the Earth Day Call to Action.
  • Delivering a Festival of Change at the Museums Association conference, Autumn 2019
  • Writing the new website, including the Pathways to Action toolkit, and developing a new version for 2024
  • Developing a Culture Takes Action framework and delivering training and social media plans to encourage practitioners to take action in eight pathways
  • Developing a new strategy, ways of working and structures
  • Presenting about and championing CDE on multiple occasions, online and in person, in the UK and at international conferences
  • Developing an impact evaluation plan
  • Devising several online events as part of The Offer series
  • Involved in Culture Declares East, running events in Norwich
  • Supporting our involvement in the People’s Picket of DCMS in April 2023
  • Contributing to the refresh of the declaration statement and Holding Earth film for the 5 year’s celebration in 2024.