LAAF Environmental Artist Advice

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival recognises the need for everyone to work together to tackle the impact and effects of the climate crisis. The disproportionate impact on people and communities living in the Middle East and North Africa means the climate crisis risks having the harshest consequences on those with the least power to affect change. 

We believe it is important that we take ethical and moral responsibility for our impact on the environment. We can do this through our practices and activities. As an arts organisation we report on the work we do to mitigate and monitor our impact through our practices and activities. It is important that we act as an advocate, working in partnership with artists and organisations, sharing best practice and encouraging those we work with to reduce their own impact. 

The objectives of our environmental guidance are;

  • To share information with our partners and artists, identifying and providing training examples to encourage learning and development
  • To hear from different communities and people to continuously explore how diverse voices and experience can be heard 
  • Learn best practice and continuously review our environment policy and work to reduce our impact, examining energy use, transport, waste, audience and artist travel and ethical purchasing
  • To bring environmental decision making to Board level, ensuring its is integrated into our business plan

For artists and organisations

As an arts organisation based in Liverpool with an international reach, LAAF recognises that for artists and partner organisations outside of the UK, transport and travel could have a significant environmental impact. We have to take this into account, and have a criteria based on the impact of a work and its ability to raise the profile of an issue.

With that in mind, our environmental guidance for artists and organisations is;

  • To include environmental impact on any proposal or reporting to be part of LAAF
  • To make best practice part of working practice
  • Where travel is involved, to explore the most sustainable travel method, or to maximise opportunity while in the UK and reduce additional travel impact
  • To examine energy use, audience travel and ethical purchasing when making a proposal