Announcing the GCC Conference: Decarbonising the Art World

GCC is thrilled to announce the panelists for the upcoming GCC Conference: Decarbonising the Art World, on November 24th at the Barbican. 


In the first panel discussion, GCC Co-Founder Louisa Buck will speak with artists Fiona Banner and Haroon Mirza, cultural historian and inaugural director of V&A East, Gus Casely-Hayford, Curator and Strategic Consultant for Ecology at the Serpentine, Lucia Pietriosti, and Frontline Conservation Specialist and Co-Founder of Synchronicity Earth & Flourishing Diversity, Jessica Sweidan about the value of collaboration, the potential for art to inspire social and ecological change, and the art world’s responsibility - or not - to address such issues as the impacts of capitalism and colonialism, the climate crisis, and social injustice.


An array of speakers from across the industry will join us for the second talk on ‘Taking Action’. Moderated by Sara Kassam, V&A Sustainability Lead, the panel will feature GCC’s Environmental Advisor, Danny Chivers, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, Sam Thorne, GCC Co-Founder and Gallerist, Kate MacGarry, and Sustainable Conservation and Restoration Specialist, Kim Kraczon. The contributors, who have hands-on-experience of environmental action, will discuss the practical measures the art world can take to improve sustainability and lower our collective carbon footprint, based on GCC research and data. 


The conference will conclude GCC’s autumn programme of events and key moments, and will provide an opportunity to reflect on the outcomes of COP26.


A light breakfast will be provided from 9am, with further refreshments available throughout the morning.


The event will be recorded and made available to watch via the GCC website. To register for the live stream, please email


Tier 1 tickets are selling out fast!


Register today to secure your place. Full event details and tickets can be found here.



November 10, 2021