In the wake of continued cuts to public funding for the arts and as an ethical alternative to private / corporate sponsorship, the Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund (RRAAF) aims to use renewable energy as an alternative funding source for a grants scheme for socially- and politically-engaged art-activist projects.
In autumn 2016, with support from Co-operative Development Scotland, RRAAF is constituting as a Community Benefit Society (BenCom) - a form of co-operative which ensures proceeds from the energy we sell can only be used to benefit our two designated communities:
- The UK-wide community of artists and activists
- The local community at the renewable energy site
The RRAAF team currently includes: artist Ellie Harrison, community activist Jain McIntyre, curator Cecilia Wee and Jim Lee from our partner Energy4All. We are currently looking for a site in/around Glasgow on which to develop an ambitious renewable energy project and to begin our two-year public engagement programme in 2017 - 2018.
Please email to get involved: info@RRAAFund.org
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The RRAAF project was initiated in summer 2015 by Glasgow-based artist Ellie Harrison. From October - December 2015, with support from Beaconsfield in London, 10:10, the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow and Creative Carbon Scotland, RRAAF ran a series of public discussion events in collaboration with ArtCOP21 and The Only Way is Ethics and completed a successful 'phase 1' crowdfunding campaign.
Crowdfunding brought together a network of 156 people around the UK (now known as the 'RRAAF Founders') keen to help make the project happen and raised £2,500 (gross). Part of this money was used to commission Community Energy Scotland to write a Scoping Report, which was launched in Glasgow on 17 December 2015. The RRAAF Report (embedded above) and accompanying RRAAF Resources document describe the Project Route for developing the next phase of RRAAF including convening the RRAAF Founding Symposium.
The RRAAF Founding Symposium took place at the CCA in Glasgow on 23-24 July 2016 and was a two-day workshop open to 'RRAAF Founders' and members of the public with relevant expertise / interest. The workshop was attended by the following people who discussed, defined and collectively agreed on the new organisation’s founding aims and values, along with a two-year strategy for making it happen.
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