Working for a more sustainable art world.
The goal of GCC is to facilitate the decarbonisation of the visual art sector and promote zero-waste practices.
Sustainable Shipping Campaign
After two years of research and data collection, in collaboration with representatives of all components from the sector and environmental advisors, GCC is excited to announce the launch of the Sustainable Shipping Campaign!
International freight makes up a very large proportion of the visual art sector's emissions, and the Sustainable Shipping Campaign aims to alter long term habits while providing a vision for future practice.
GCC's Campaign aims to accelerate the art sector's transition to environmentally responsible freight operations. It will achieve this by:
a. Raising awareness about the sector's environmental impacts relating to global freight, particularly its dependency on air freight and consumption of single-use plastic packaging.
b. Providing guidance on best practice and target setting.
c. Encouraging galleries, institutions, collectors and artists to request low impact freight services whilst encouraging shippers and suppliers to provide and promote necessary services.
Cross-sector alignment, innovation and cooperation are essential to the success of the campaign.
- GCC is an international charity and membership organisation providing environmental sustainability guidelines for the art sector.
- GCC will facilitate a reduction of the sector's carbon emissions by at least 50% by 2030 (in line with the Paris Agreement), by setting actionable goals and developing the necessary resources.
- GCC promotes effective action towards decarbonisation through collaboration and innovation.
- GCC will use its collective lobbying potential to achieve major systemic change by aligning an international network of galleries, artists, non-profits & institutions, and art-sector businesses to the same targets.
GCC Conference 2021: Decarbonising the Art World
A full recording of the GCC Conference 2021: Decarbonising the Art World, that took place at the Barbican Centre in London on 24th November.
Before registering, GCC asks that prospective members agree to the Coalition Commitments and only sign up if they genuinely intend to honour these aims.
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GCC is structured around a network of generous volunteers. These members contribute their time and professional expertise pro bono to the charity.
Often the challenge of the climate crisis feels insurmountable but by working together - simultaneously on local and global scales - the necessary changes become possible.
There are many ways to get actively involved in the GCC:
International Volunteer Groups
GCC started in London, but is now truly international with several volunteer chapters across the globe and more on the way. Region-specific resources are available for all members. Log in to find out more about these groups:
Tate Director Maria Balshaw and Tate Modern Director Frances Morris in conversation with journalist Louisa Buck about climate emergency and the future of the institution.
Artist John Akomfrah & Lisson Gallery Director Greg Hilty discuss the power of art to address issues of environmental injustice.
Alison Tickell, founder of Julie’s Bicycle, in conversation with Frieze Co-Founder Matthew Slotover about turning intention into action.
Artist Gary Hume and Louisa Buck discuss the pathway to real change in an artist’s regular practice.
Environmentalist and writer Mark Lynas discuss the current climate crisis with journalist Daisy Garnett.