DEADLINE EXTENDED: CCL Sweden Online 2021 – Apply Now


Applications are now open for the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) training and transformation program for artists and cultural/creative professionals living and working in Sweden.

Application deadline: EXTENDED TO midnight CEST, Tuesday April 6


Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) empowers artists and cultural professionals to take action on the climate and ecological crisis with impact, creativity, and resilience. It was designed to mobilise and connect a creative climate movement.

CCL was developed by the internationally recognised, London-based charity Julie’s Bicycle and will be presented in Sweden and Scandinavia through a partnership with artist and scientist Diego Galafassi, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), and support from the Swedish Postcode Foundation.

“We are all aware of the challenges we face due to climate change, but still it is difficult for most of us to change ingrained behavior. We believe that arts and culture are vital resources for behavioral change and has a role to play when it comes to climate change. We are therefore proud to support Julie’s Bicycle in their work to focus on cultural leadership development for climate action in Sweden and the Scandinavian region.” Marie Dahllöf, Secretary General at the Swedish Postcode Foundation.

The current pandemic crisis has opened up a space for reflecting on the kind of world we want to re-make and re-enter, and how we address some of the vulnerabilities and inequalities in our communities. This online version of Creative Climate Leadership will work with a small group of artists and cultural workers in Sweden to address these questions, and imagine a creative community in Sweden working together to mobilise action on climate transformations.

Feedback from previous Creative Climate Leadership participants:

“Participating in the Creative Climate Leadership programme transformed me from a passive, mostly pessimistic spectator into an empowered participant. It connected me to a network of passionate actors from all parts of the globe and of various backgrounds. I keep on seeing the added value of hearing everyone’s voice and unleashing our potential in solving probably the most pressing challenge of our time.”

“The CCL course has given me a much clearer understanding of climate change as an ethical, socio-economic and political issue and of how my thinking around equality, human rights, collective rights and environmental justice interrelate.”

“CCL was an invaluable experience for me. It was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people who have similar concerns to myself around climate and environment and are trying to figure out how the ‘creative industries’ address these issues. Since the week took place I have benefited from belonging to an international network, through which I have been able to share ideas, thoughts and receive feedback.”

“I broadened my network, and felt I was able to return from CCL to the crisis around the pandemic with a stronger perspective on the role I can play.”

“It gave me a better sense of the community of creative practitioners I was a part of, and what my role within that community could be.”

What is Creative Climate Leadership?

CCL Sweden offers:

  • An online intensive program of leadership and peer-to-peer exchange for 24 talented and motivated participants living and working in Sweden (adapted from our one-week residential programme)
  • A limited number of ‘seed funding’ grants are available to participants to support projects after the course.
  • An international network of CCL alumni
  • Participation at a Creative Climate Summit in Stockholm in Autumn 2021

Dates + Times of Online Sessions:

Tuesday 4 May

10:00 – 13:00

Wednesday 5 May

10:00 – 13:00

Thursday 6 May

10:00 – 13:00

Friday 7 May

10:00 – 13:00

Thursday 27 May

10:00 – 13:00

Friday 28 May

10:00 – 13:00

Thursday 10 June

10:00 – 13:00

Friday 11 June

10:00 – 13:00

Friday 20 August

10:00 – 13:00

*All times given in CEST / Sweden time – Participants are expected to be available for participation on all the above dates/times.

The programme will:

  • Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges;
  • Bring together a range of expert guest speakers to share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for environmental sustainability in the cultural sector;
  • Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas including through peer-learning;
  • Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills in their own contexts

Topics will include: historical, scientific and political drivers of climate change and their dimensions of justice; the role of culture within the global environmental and climate movements; ‘leadership’ for climate action, including personal development and movement building; strategies and practical tools for managing change and bringing climate and ecological action into the heart of organisations, networks, and ways of working; communicating climate change.

In the 12 months following the training, participants will be supported through: a one-to-one session with CCL facilitators; regular webinars; the opportunity to apply for one of several CCL Action ‘seed grants’; and an alumni newsletter.

Note the programme will be in English.


Who is it for?

Creative Climate Leadership is for performing, visual, media, music, and other artists; cultural workers including producers, presenters, curators, administrators, funders, policy makers, and others who are ambitious and passionate about using their cultural and creative expertise in service to the ecological crisis and climate justice.

Applicants must be based in and/or working in Sweden.

“Sweden has a long and defining tradition at the frontier of global sustainability within science and policy. The Creative Climate Leadership program is a much welcomed and valuable opportunity for the Swedish creative sector to center questions of arts, culture and creativity within efforts of sustainability transformations. It is timely, as we move into a path of recovery and renewal, CCL will congregate, celebrate and boost efforts occurring across the country to shape a new creative ecology showcasing how the cultural sector can support the achievement of the SDGs.” Diego Galafassi


Digital ‘pay if you can’ participant fee: SEK 3,000    . Fully subsidised places are available to those unable to pay – we do not want cost to be a barrier to entry for anyone. Details below.

The fee covers full participation in the digital programme; inclusion in the on-going network of CCL alumni including three post-course webinars; potential to apply for one of several CCL Action ‘seed grants’ of up to SEK 18,000 (note that only independent freelancers/artists or not-for-profit organisations will be eligible to apply for the seed grants); and attendance at a CCL Summit in Stockholm in autumn 2022.

In recognition of the impact COVID-19 continues to have on the creative community, fees for the digital course have been significantly reduced. We suggest anyone working for an organisation with SEK 2,000,000+ annual turnover pay, but applicants are able to state if they are unable to as part of the application and their application will still be considered. Independent artists/freelancers and those working for non-profit, charity, or grassroots organisations with smaller turnovers are not expected to pay.

Participants are expected to contribute around 7.5 days in total across the duration of the course (4.5 days online contact time on the above listed dates, and around 3 days of independent work between sessions). Participants are also expected to organise an independent ‘CCL Action’ legacy project (in a format of their choosing) after course completion.


CCL Sweden ONLINE. May – August 2021. For artists and creative and cultural professionals working and living in Sweden.

Apply now:

Application deadline EXTENDED: Midnight Central European Summer Time on Tuesday 6 April 2021. Applicants will be notified by the 12 April, 2021 whether or not they have been accepted.

A second CCL programme will take place in Sweden in early 2022, foreseen as a one-week residential programme, open to applicants from Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland). If you would like to be notified when applications for the second cohort open, please sign up to the Julie’s Bicycle newsletter.

“Participating in the Creative Climate Leadership programme transformed me from a passive, mostly pessimistic spectator into an empowered participant. It connected me to a network of passionate actors from all parts of the globe and of various backgrounds. I keep on seeing the added value of hearing everyone’s voice and unleashing our potential in solving probably the most pressing challenge of our time.” – Previous CCL Participant

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Creative Climate Leadership has been created by Julie’s Bicycle and brought to life with local partners and supporters around the world, including mitos21, Creative Europe, PiNA, the University of Arizona, and EcoArts Connections.

Julie’s Bicycle is an international leader in arts, culture and climate change based in London and founded in 2007. JB creates pioneering arts/cultural environmental policy, maintains the largest global digital resource on creative action on environmental challenges, convenes and supports numerous networks and campaigns bringing together arts and climate change, and empowers organisational change, impact reduction, and skills and training across the creative community including in performing arts, music festivals, venues, museums, visual arts.

Diego Galafassi is a visual artist and sustainability scientist from Brazil living in Stockholm. His PhD from Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University) focused on the role of co-creation of knowledge and artistic practices in transformations towards sustainability (Thesis: The Transformative Imagination: Re-imagining the world towards sustainability). He is also a writer, producer and director of documentaries, experimental cinema and performance.


Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) is a world class sustainability centre for research, teaching and impact working to understand and catalyse social change and transformations in relation to material limits in the biosphere.


Svenska Postkodstiftelsen (Swedish Postcode Foundation): The Swedish Postcode Lottery’s belief is that the world is getting better with the help of strong nonprofit organizations. The Postcode Foundation supports non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Sweden and internationally, that actively contribute to the global goals and create positive changes through concrete efforts.