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The next CCL training course will take place online March-June 2022, supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation. This course is open to artists and creative and cultural professionals living and working in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland. We are looking to recruit roughly half of the participants from Sweden and half from the wider Scandinavia region.

Find out more here.

1. What does the CCL Scandinavia programme include?

CCL Scandinavia – online 2022:

A 4-month online programme for arts and cultural professionals for 24 participants who want to take a lead on climate change, adapted from the CCL week-long residential course. 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;
– Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home,

– Support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

A full schedule 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 and peer to peer exchange online and at a CCL Summit in Sweden in 2022.

All participants commit to undertaking some kind of CCL Action legacy project after their participation – the exact shape this takes (e.g. event, project, artistic creation, commission, campaign, written piece, workshop, etc) is up to each individual.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply for one of five small seed grants of SEK 18,000 to implement legacy projects after the training course. Details of alumni network membership and grants will be shared with participants during the training week. Note that only independent freelancers or not-for-profit organisations will be eligible to apply for the seed grants.

1.1 What are the dates and time commitments for CCL Scandinavia Online 2022?

Participants are expected to be available on the following dates and times to participate in online sessions (all times CEST):

  • Tuesday, 8 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Wednesday, 9 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 10 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Friday, 11 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 31 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Friday, 1 April, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Wednesday, 20 April, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 21 April, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Tuesday, 21 June, 09:30 – 12:30

Participants will 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).

Additionally, all participants commit to undertaking some kind of CCL Action legacy project after their participation – the exact shape this takes (e.g. event, project, artistic creation, commission, campaign, written piece, workshop, etc) is up to each individual.

In the 6 months following the training, participants will be supported through: a one-to-one session with CCL facilitators; three alumni webinars; the opportunity to apply for one of several CCL Action ‘seed grants’; an alumni newsletter; and attendance at a Creative Climate Summit in Sweden in 2022.

2. Am I eligible to apply?

This CCL Scandinavia  (Online 2022) is open to individuals living and working in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland.

The course is for artists and cultural/creative professionals and we welcome applications from all creative disciplines and artforms. We also welcome 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 make that change.
  • Have the desire to advocate for the importance of culture in responding to this issue.
  • Are interested in challenging conventional ideas about leadership.

If you would like to stay up to date and be notified when further programmes are announced, please sign up to the Julie’s Bicycle newsletter.

3. What are the course requirements?

Participants do not need to do any work prior to attending the course. However, each participant commits to running a “dissemination event” or “CCL Action” after returning home from the course, as part of a commitment to putting their learning into action. This can be as simple as an internal staff workshop, or a meeting with peers from the cultural sector, a public event or an artwork about the issue. There will be time during the course to reflect and begin planning this, and participants will report back to the CCL training team to let them know how the CCL Action went.

4. Who are the course leaders?

CCL Sweden will be facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle and Diego Galfassi, with expert guest speakers.

CCL USA was delivered by Julie’s Bicycle in partnership with EcoArts Connections, The University of Arizona and The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence.

The CCL Europe course was co-designed and facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle and PiNA.

For more information, see our Partners page.

5. At what point in their career would you consider someone too established to apply for the CCL Training Course?

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.

6. I am currently employed outside the cultural or creative sector. Can I still apply?

If your current role significantly involves working with the cultural or creative sector, for example working with networks, funding bodies, policymakers, communications, education and other sectors related to the cultural/creative industries field, or if you lead on cultural/creative commissioning or creative engagement programmes for a non-arts body. You will need to show how your particular experience fits with our criteria when applying, and to evidence your commitment to the cultural/creative sector in the longer term.

7. Is the CCL Training Course still relevant for me if I have already done some leadership training?

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.

8. What are the benefits for my employer?

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 climate action 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

9. How much does the CCL Training Course cost?

CCL Scandinavia Online 2022:

Digital ‘pay if you can’ participant fee: 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 however expected to commit their time for full participation in the programme: despite shifting online, we will continue to limit participation to a group of ca 24 participants and expect demand to exceed the available spaces.

10. I can’t afford it, are there any grants for low incomes?

Applicants are able to state if they are unable to as part of the application.

Independent artists/freelancers and those working for organisations with lower turnovers are not expected to pay for the online CCL Scandinavia course 2022 in acknowledgement of the current difficulties faced by the cultural/creative sector. We are afraid that we are unable to offer bursaries at this time.

For international CCL programmes:

If you are interested in applying for alternative travel grants, we recommend contacting these sources:
1. STEP grants from the European Cultural Foundation, available to applicants in EU countries and neighbouring countries.
2. Mobility First! grants from the Asia-Europe Foundation, available to applicants in Asia and Europe.
3. Mobility fund for Egyptian artists/cultural professionals by Mophradat.

Check the mobility funding guides co-produced by On the Move for other opportunities.

Resources like the Green Art Lab Alliance Funding Guide might provide useful links to potential grants and funders.

We are also seeking additional donations from funders and supporters to sponsor participants. If you are interested in supporting a participant to attend please contact

11. Will it be possible for more than one employee from a single organisation to be chosen as a participant?

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

12. Can I apply if I am self-employed?


13. Is there a preview of the application questions available?

These are made available during open application cycles. Visit

14. I have difficulties with completing an application online. What can I do?

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

15. I can’t make the current course dates. Will it be repeated?

We are always looking to bring CCL to more places. If you would like to stay up to date with this and other training and professional development opportunities, please sign up to the Julie’s Bicycle newsletter.

If you would like to discuss partnering with Julie’s Bicycle to deliver an edition of CCL in your country, please contact


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