Image: Journey of the Private Moon in the Arctic Magdalena fjord, by Leonid Tishkov (2010).

Creative Climate Leadership training courses take place worldwide. They are facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle, a UK charity with almost ten years experience working on environmental issues in the cultural sector, in partnership with cultural and environmental agencies with on-the-ground experience in each location.

Creative Climate Leadership Sweden

The next training course will take place at the Sigtuna Foundation from 22 – 26 March 2021 (arrivals 21 March).

Led by Julie’s Bicycle, it will be presented in Sweden 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 and the Sigtuna Foundation.

Applications for CCL Sweden have been put on hold given the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We are currently replanning the programme and will reopen applications soon. Please register your interest in the interim. 

About the Creative Climate Leadership training course

CCL provides a week-long intensive residential program of leadership development, learning and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange for 24 participants. This is followed by inclusion in an ongoing international network of colleagues that supports ongoing action and exchange. In the 12 months following the initial training, participants will be supported through regular webinars, an alumni newsletter, and access to a limited number of ‘seed funding’ grants to support legacy CCL Action projects, leading up to a CCL Summit in Sweden in September 2022.

Topics will include: historical, scientific and political drivers of climate change; the role of cultural leadership within the global environmental and climate justice movements; leadership for climate action, including personal development and movement building; strategies for managing change; communicating climate change; empowering action; interdisciplinary working, and more.

The week 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.

Participants will access a global network of practitioners following the training, to support with the development or expansion of a self-initiated CCL Action “legacy project” which applies CCL learning to real-world contexts, such as commissions, campaigns, organizational change, and strategy and policy development, among other activities and events. All participants commit to undertaking some kind of CCL Action legacy project after their participation.

Who the course is for

The course is aimed at artists and cultural professionals and we welcome applications from all creative disciplines and art forms. We will also consider applicants from organisations that work directly with the cultural sector, such as networks, associations, funding bodies and policymakers.

We are looking for people who:

  • Recognise climate change as an urgent challenge, and are passionate and driven to enable change.
  • Want to have an influence beyond their individual organisation/artistic practice.
  • Have a vision for what they’d like to change and can demonstrate potential to lead.
  • Have the desire to advocate for the importance of culture in responding to this issue.
  • Are interested in challenging conventional ideas about leadership.

Logistical details


  • Sunday 21st March 2021 – participants arrive at Sigtuna Foundation
  • Monday 22nd to Friday 26th March 2020 – training course
  • Friday 26th March 2020 – participants depart Sigtuna Foundation

Language: The course will be conducted in English.

Location: The Creative Climate Leadership course will take place at the Sigtuna Foundation

Eligibility: CCL Sweden is open to artists and creative/cultural professionals working in Sweden. A second CCL programme will take place in Sweden in August 2021, 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.

Cost: Fees for participation in CCL vary depending on the size of your organisation or whether you a freelancer. They cover the costs of the programme, accommodation and food from the evening of Sunday 21 March to afternoon of Friday 26 March; and inclusion in an on-going network of CCL alumni including three post-course webinars and attendance at a CCL Summit in September 2022. Participants are expected to pay for their own transportation to Sigtuna Foundation.

  • Band 1 CCL fee 18,000 SEK. Organisations or individuals with an annual turnover/income of 4,000,000 SEK or more.
  • Band 2 CCL fee 9,600 SEK. Organisations or individuals with an annual turnover/income between 400,000 – 3,999,999 SEK.
  • Band 3 CCL fee 6,000 SEK. Organisations or individuals with an annual turnover/income of less than 399,000 SEK

Financial support: We are very conscious that COVID-19 is creating significant financial pressures on the creative community. We are working hard to keep fees as low as possible. A limited number of grants are available to cover participation for those who could not otherwise attend. Note these grants do not cover travel expenses, and we are unable to offer stipends to cover participants’ time. Grants will not be paid out to participants and cannot be exchanged for financial value – if you are successful, you will simply receive a free place including food and accommodation. There is an opportunity to request this financial support at the application stage.

COVID-19: We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely together with our partners and will deliver the programme in a way that meets all legal guidelines and permits participants to socially distance. Should we need to postpone or cancel, this decision will be notified to all participants with 4-6 weeks’ lead time, and any participants unable to make the rescheduled dates will be eligible for a refund/all participants will be eligible for a refund in the event of cancellation.


Click here to register your interest .

We will be in touch when we re-open applications.

To see a preview of the application questions, click here.


Frequently Asked Questions

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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.