Creative Climate Leadership training courses take place worldwide. They are facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle in partnership with cultural and environmental experts with on-the-ground experience in each location.

Creative Climate Leadership Sweden

Led by Julie’s Bicycle, CCL will be presented in Sweden and Scandinavia thanks to a collaboration with visual artist and sustainability scientist Diego Galafassi and the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation.

The next CCL training course will take place online from May – August 2021, supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation. This course is open to artists and creative and cultural professionals living and working in Sweden. Application deadline: midnight CET, 24 March 2021.

Applications are now open 

About the Creative Climate Leadership training course

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

The program 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;
  • Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home, and support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

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 in Action ‘seed grants’; and an alumni newsletter.

Note the programme will be in English.

Who the course is for

Creative Climate Leadership is for performing, visual, media, music, and other artists; cultural and creative 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.

Logistical details


  • 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
  • Thursday 12 August, 10:00 – 13:00

Note: all times given in CEST. Participants are expected to be available for participation on all the above dates/times.

Language: The course will be conducted in English.

Location: CCL Sweden will take place online.

Eligibility: CCL Sweden is open to artists and creative/cultural professionals working in Sweden.

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


Digital ‘pay if you can’ participant fee for CCL Sweden online 2021: SEK 3,000

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. 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). We are limiting participation in the online CCL to 24 participants and expect demand to be high, so please only apply if you feel able to commit this time.

Participants are also expected to organise an independent ‘CCL Action’ legacy project (in a format of their choosing) after course completion.


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Previous CCL Training Programmes

CCL was piloted in 2017 through a Creative Europe funded programme, with training taking place in the UK and Slovenia, co-facilitated with PiNA, a sustainable development NGO working in Slovenia and across the EU. CCL USA was presented in the US in 2020 thanks to a collaboration of EcoArts Connections, the University of Arizona-Tucson, and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) based at the University of Colorado-Boulder.