Festival of Climate Ideas

Climate & Culture


At ONCA, we collaborate with artists, activists and academics to produce and promote creative initiatives and cultural responses to the climate emergency.

Climate & Culture at ONCA

We aim to facilitate creative activities and projects which enable progressive discussions about the climate crisis and promote climate justice. We specialise in the following areas:

  • Supporting scientists and researchers to work more closely with artists
  • Arts-based learning and creative environmental education, with and outside the formal education sector
  • Curating exhibitions and events that raise engagement with environmental justice and biodiversity loss issues
  • Supporting artists exploring these issues through their practice

Some of our most recent projects include: System Change Hive, Visionary Fictions, Cli-mates and Navigating Change. Alongside our collaborative projects, we host various Climate & Culture public talks and workshops throughout the year. To see what Climate & Culture projects and events we have coming up click the link below.

What’s On

Culture Declares Emergency

ONCA has joined a coalition of over 180 leading UK arts and culture institutions and individuals who have declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency. We believe that the climate and ecological emergency has arisen from deeply systemic injustices and aim to promote environmental justice through the arts. We believe that:

  • Governments and the media must tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency and its associated harms that disproportionately affect frontline communities and people of colour all over the world.
  • Governments and the media must communicate the urgent need for far-reaching systemic change.
  • Governments must reverse climate-harming policies and enact legally binding policy measures to reduce CO2 emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.
  • The emergency has arisen from deeply systemic injustices.
  • Arts and culture can imagine and forge shifts in the ways people relate to one another and the world, in values and behaviours.

We pledge to work with and support our community and local government in tackling this emergency, and we call on others to do the same. Read ONCA’s Declaration of Emergency by clicking on the link below.

Our Declaration

What Next? Brighton Climate & Culture

We host quarterly What Next? Brighton chapter meetings about climate change and culture, exploring what is going on and how arts sector practitioners can join forces for positive action locally. Our What Next? meetings to bring together artists interested in tackling climate-related issues and the many related spheres. This is a chance to air ideas, to talk to others doing the same and to learn from each other. The date of our next What Next? meeting is TBC.


Media Resources

We’ve made videos and a podcast series to document ONCA’s Climate and Culture events and talks, featuring activists and creatives that have used the arts to help generate awareness and discussion relating to the climate emergency.

See Resources

Get In Touch

If you have any ideas or questions relating to these activities, please email info@onca.org.uk.