FAQs - CCL UK 2023

Arash presenting the network at "Sound and Art annual meeting: 1.sustainability" at spor festival, Arhus, Denmark 2022.
  • The UK CCL Programme includes:

    A five day residential course for arts and cultural professionals who want to take a lead on climate change. Participants will arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave the following Friday afternoon, with full days of workshops, discussions and talks in between.

    The training sessions will:

    • Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges.
    • 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.
    • Support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

    Themes will include:

    • Approaches to organisational change.
    • Engaging people with new narratives and shifting values through art and design.
    • Encouraging behaviour change through communications and advocacy.
    • Collaborative ways of working to maximise impact in civic society and policy making.

    A full programme will be released to participants in advance of the course.
    After the course, participants will become members of the CCL Alumni network, which will facilitate ongoing communications.

    After the course, participants will become members of the CCL Alumni network, which will facilitate ongoing communications.

  • The UK CCL will take place between 5 – 10 March 2023, therefore you need to ensure you are available to participate fully for the full duration.


    • Sunday 5 March 2023 – Participants arrive at Hawkwood College.
    • Monday 6th to Friday 10 March 2023 – Training course.
    • Friday 10 March 2023 – Participants depart Hawkwood College in the evening.

    Application deadline [extended]: Midnight GMT, 8 January 2023.

  • UK CCL is open to artists and creative/cultural professionals working in the UK. We encourage creatives and leaders that want to challenge the status quo and conventional ways of thinking.

    If you would like to stay up to date and be notified when other applications for CCL open, please sign up to the Julie’s Bicycle newsletter.

  • The ground floor of the House where the majority of our courses take place is fully accessible and there is an accessible toilet near the Main Hall. There is also one ground-floor accessible ensuite bedroom in the House. The rooms upstairs are not wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the listed building. The training will mainly happen in the main house – the House can be accessed from the Stables via the main tarmac driveway and there are ramps available to access both the House and the Stables. More information can be found on the website. We are committed to ensuring that we remove all barriers to participation. If you have any access requirements please let us know in advance so we can make the necessary adjustments.

  • Participants do not need to do any work prior to attending the course. However, each participant would be responsible for sharing their skills, knowledge or experience with the other participants. All participants will become members of the CCL Alumni network, which will facilitate ongoing communications.

  • The UK CCL course is designed and facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle team.

  • You do not need to be a specific age or have a particular level of experience to attend the CCL Training Course. Before applying you need to consider how the course will enable you to make a greater impact through your work, specifically in relation to climate change and the challenges it poses to culture, leadership and society.

  • If your current role significantly involves working with the cultural sector, for example working with networks, funding bodies, policymakers, communications, education and other sectors related to the cultural field. You will need to show how your particular experience fits with our criteria when applying, and to evidence your commitment to the cultural sector in the longer term.

  • Yes. This training course focuses specifically on leadership in the context of climate change, through the lens of culture and creativity. It is specific, but will be explored in relation to broader leadership challenges relevant to the cultural sector.

  • The CCL Training Course will provide you with knowledge, skills and insights on cultural action on climate change that most organisations are not in a position to provide in-house. The experience will enable you to design and implement solutions to environmental sustainability and climate adaptation relevant to your organisation, which will support organisational resilience as well as provoke new ways of thinking about what creative engagement with climate change looks like.

  • Fees for participation in CCL vary depending on the size of your organisation or whether you are a freelancer. They cover the costs of the programme, accommodation and food between Sunday evening and Friday afternoon; and inclusion in an on-going network of CCL alumni.

    Band 1 CCL fee £900 + VAT – Organisations or individuals with an annual turnover/income over £300,000.
    Band 2 CCL fee £400 + VAT – Organisations or individuals with an annual turnover/income up to or under £300,000.

  • There are a limited number of scholarships available. These grants will be awarded to successful applicants who are most in need of support, based on the rationale provided in the course application. We will also be able to offer a limited number of stipends to cover participants’ time for freelancers.

  • Yes, though places are limited and this should be taken into consideration when making an application.

  • Yes, we encourage self-employed applicants and support is available to successful applicants who are unable to participate otherwise.

  • These are made available during open application cycles. Visit www.creativeclimateleadership.com/apply

  • Yes, if you would prefer to submit a video application, please record a video of max 5 minutes addressing the questions in the application form, and send this as an MP4 file via WeTransfer to ccl@juliesbicycle.com with the subject line ‘CCL UK Video Application’ along with your Personal Details. If you would like to discuss submitting an application in another format, please email ccl@juliesbicycle.com.

  • We are committed to making the course as accessible as possible. If you need alternative versions of the application form, or any help completing it, please contact the Julie’s Bicycle team on +44 (0) 20 8746 0400 or ccl@juliesbicycle.com.

  • We are planning a range of leadership development programmes as part of our renewed partnership with the Arts Council England Environmental Programme from 2024, if you would like to stay up to date and be notified when other applications for CCL open up, please sign up to the Julie’s Bicycle newsletter.

  • We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and the appropriate protocols will be put in place. We will remain in close communication with all successful applicants to chart the best course of action.

    We ask all participants to take a lateral flow test (LFT) within 24 hours before the programme starts and recommend wearing wear masks when travelling to the event on public transport. Masks and rapid lateral flow tests will be made available on-site.

    Spaces will be ventilated with regular opening of windows where possible (please bring layers in case of cooler temperatures), and some sessions will be held outside weather permitting.

    All participants who, prior to the event, have symptoms of a respiratory infection, have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to carry out normal activities will be asked to stay at home. In this circumstance, participants will receive a full refund (minus any currency transfer losses). Any participants and facilitators who present symptoms during the programme will be asked to self-isolate until they have had a negative rapid lateral flow test, and will be asked to wear masks and maintain a distance to other participants if rejoining the group.

    In the event of a postponement of the whole programme due to new or shifting COVID-19 regulations, participants will have the option of rolling over their registration to new dates or receiving a full refund (minus any currency transfer losses). In the event of a cancellation of the programme, participants will receive a full refund (minus any currency transfer losses). Alternatively, we may also re-assess the possibility of delivering CCL in a digital format with reduced fees. To minimise the financial risk to everyone, we will not ask for payment to be received more than 30 days before the course start. If you are able to wait before booking travel, we recommend you do so.

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