Greener Futures: Was 2020 a turning point for defining the art, culture & heritage industry’s carbon footprint?
As planes were grounded and exhibition openings were paused in 2020, a focus shifted towards the impact of our usual cultural schedules on the climate. From cancelled art fairs to delayed shipments, the pace changed. Institutions within our sector, both commercial and non-profit, will need to strategically rethink their policies on climate or have already done so. Vastari hosted a discussion on climate change and sustainability in the autumn, which was our most popular amongst museums. We have invited three experts to analyse how to define the industry's carbon footprint, how this messaging fits within strategic and financial discussions, and what we can expect from the sector going forward.
Caitlin Southwick, Director of Ki Culture
Caitlin Southwick is the Founder and Executive Director of Ki Culture. Ki Culture provides solutions for cultural institutions and tools to educate the public on all issues connected with sustainability. She holds a Professional Doctorate in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the University of Amsterdam. Caitlin has worked in the conservation field for nine years in museums and sites around the world, including the Vatican Museums, The Getty Conservation Institute, The Uffizi Gallery and Easter Island. She is the Secretary of the Working Group on Sustainability for the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and a former Professional Member of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) Sustainability Committee.
Anais Aguerre, Founder of Culture Connect
Anaïs is the founder and managing director of Culture Connect. Prior to this, Anaïs was Head of International Initiatives at the V&A where she led the Museum’s international strategy and was responsible for major international partnerships in particular with a business development focus. Culture Connect is a consultancy specialising in unlocking the collaborative and international potential of the cultural sector; harnessing its ability to build bridges between people, institutions and countries.
Zach Miner, Founder Art to Zero
As a founder of Art to Zero, Zach Miner works to build the capacity of visual arts organisations to take climate action. Zach has decades of professional experience across the contemporary art market; extending from his most recent senior executive roles at Phillips and Christiie's, his gallery directorships and the beginnings of his career as a studio assistant and art handler. In addition to his efforts toward catalysing just transitions in the arts, he develops community based renewable energy projects and is active with numerous environmental groups.
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