Creatives Call Net Zero Visions

Welcome to Net-Zero Visions for the Devon Climate Emergency! We’re glad you found your way here, and look
forward to you taking part in a grand collective effort to visualise how the places in which we live might be transformed.

A man takes a photo of the landscape on his phone

Do you work in the creative industries? Are you concerned about net zero and would like to create a positive vision of the future of where you live? Do you want to explore how your work might feed into this agenda?

We’re looking for creatives to submit their own Net Zero Vision, in any media, to join the existing commissioned artists Visions. Shortlisted entries will feature on the Net Zero Visions website and will be included in the project book. The winning submission will also receive a £500 fee.

How to apply:

  1. We’re looking for creatives to submit their own Net Zero Vision, in any media, to join the existing commissioned artists Visions.
  2. Your Vision could be a photo taken of your 2D or 3D work, or it could be created digitally, please save as an image (jpeg). We also welcome poetry, performance, moving image or sound. Please email a link to where your video or sound is uploaded.
  3. Please accompany your Vision with a short paragraph describing the content of your Vision and media used to create it, together with your name and contact email.
  4. Please email your Vision, or links with your name and email and short paragraph about the Vision to emma.whittaker@plymouth.ac.uk
  5. All submissions should be received by 8 August 2022 (after this time no submissions can be accepted).

Fee: £500 for the chosen Vision. The Vision will be featured in the Net Zero Visions book, published by University of Plymouth Press.

All entries, subject to moderation, will also feature in the Net Zero Visions Gallery on the Devon Climate Emergency Website.

Terms and conditions:

Copyright: Copyright remains with the author: 

Usage: All material published on the Devon Climate Emergency website and the University of Plymouth Sustainable Earth webpages may be subsequently re-published or cited by the project researchers in their work considering how the Net-Zero Visions process can support transition, including in the project book which is to be published towards the conclusion of the project. Any subsequent publication will credit the author, if their name has been given, and the place of publication as the Devon Climate Emergency website. 

Informed consent: Your participation is in the Net Zero Visions project voluntary, and it is up to you whether you wish to participate. If you are under 18, permission must be sought from your parent or guardian to participate.

Right to withdraw: We hope that you decide to take part. If decide that you do not want to continue to take part, you are free to withdraw your Net Zero Vision- creative work from the Net Zero Visions on-line gallery on the Devon Climate Emergency website, any time up until 30 November 2022. This project is run by academic researchers at the University of Plymouth. The University’s charitable objective is the advancement of education and research for the public benefit so in using your personal data in research we are doing so to perform a task in the public interest. The University is the Data Controller of your information and is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z7546246. Please, visit our web page for further details.

Confidentiality: Personal names and email addresses submitted with the Net Zero Vision- creative work will be held securely. The researchers will store working data on OneDrive for Business, provided by the University of Plymouth. Working copies will be kept on the researchers’ password-protected computers and encrypted removable hard-drives, complying with the University of Plymouth’s Information Security Classification Policy in storing data. The creators names will be displayed on the Net Zero Visions on-line gallery on the Devon Climate Emergency website.  Personal email addresses will be kept confidential. The participant is advised that they should only submit their creative work and name is they are happy for the public to see it on Net Zero Visions on-line gallery on the Devon Climate Emergency website. Participants under 18 must ask permission from a parent or guardian. Personal names will only be included in publications with express permission of the individual concerned. Some creative works will be featured on the Low Carbon Devon pages of the University of Plymouth website, where specific consent in writing is received from a participant.

Planned outputs: A Net Zero Visions book featuring some of the submitted Public Visions will be published in Autumn 2022, they may also be featured in a report and shared on the Low Carbon Devon pages of the University of Plymouth website and Net Zero Visions pages of the Devon Climate Emergency website. Research findings will also be written up for academic publications and conferences.

Feedback: Please feel free to contact Dr Emma Whittaker at any time if you have any questions about this research study.

Project contact details:

Dr Emma Whittaker: emma.whittaker@plymouth.ac.uk

Dr David Sergeant: david.sergeant@plymouth.ac.uk

Net Zero Visions is funded by AHRC and supported by ERDF Low Carbon Devon, University of Plymouth in collaboration with Devon Climate Emergency and communities across Devon. The project is led by Dr David Sergeant, Associate Professor in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Dr Emma Whittaker, Creative Industries Industrial Research Fellow, Low Carbon Devon University of Plymouth.

Further contact details: In accordance with Plymouth University Ethics Policy. If you wish to complain to University of Plymouth about how your personal information has been processed, you can do so using a GDPR complaint form and send it directly to the University’s Data Protection Officer via post or dpo@plymouth.ac.uk

Take Part in Imagining a Future Net-Zero Devon!

It’s 2050 – Devon is net-zero – a lot has changed … What does this look like where you live?

Net-Zero Visions is part of Devon Climate Emergency and its mission to create a resilient, net-zero Devon where people and nature thrive. It is rooted in the idea that we cannot achieve change unless we also try to imagine it; and that imagining it can raise a wider awareness of what is at stake and encourage action.

Acclaimed professionals in animation, illustration, interactive games, and public murals are currently working with communities to produce positive ‘Visions’ of locations across Devon as carbon net-zero in 2050. However, this imaginative effort is also open to everyone.

What might the place you live in look like in this better future? More to the point, what would you want it to look like? The Interim Devon Carbon Plan and the Devon Climate Emergency website are full of resources which show what might be achieved and how. This is a chance to learn about what is possible, as well as let your wildest imaginations off the leash.

If you have a ‘Vision’ for net-zero where you live, please send it on to us. It can take the form of a piece of art, a story, a video, or even a podcast. Submissions are welcome from individuals or groups. Visions will be hosted on the website and maybe even included in the project book. They will also be plotted on an interactive map, to build up a mosaic of imaginings of a future net-zero Devon.

Together we can start to tell a different story about our collective future, raise a wider awareness of what we must do and what is possible, and show what we value most about the places we live in.

Your Visons will be featured in the gallery and on the map so we can build a mosaic of Visions for Devon. Each month between July-November 2022 two £20 vouchers (under and over 18s) will be awarded to the ‘Star’ Vision of the month. Many Visions will also appear in the Net Zero Book, publication November 2022.

To submit your Visions please click either ‘under 18s ‘or ‘18 and over’ below:

Finally, it is hoped that individuals and groups will take and adapt the ‘Net-Zero Visions’ idea to their own projects and purposes, in ways unforeseen by the project originators! Please get in touch with the project organisers if you have an idea for how the Net Zero Visions idea might be of use to you and those around you.

Dr Kate Crawfurd painting a Net Zero Vision mural
Artist, Dr. Kate Crawfurd working on a Net Zero Vision on the Sustainability Hub, University of Plymouth. This winning mural design (June 2022) was created by Eleanor Croker BA (Hons) Illustration graduate.)
What might a net zero Tiverton look like?”  
Emily Packham (aged 14)
Vision for Plymouth
Emily Taylor

About

Net-Zero Visions brings together communities across Devon with the creative industries and transition experts to produce positive ‘Visions’ of six locations as carbon net-zero in 2050. These locations will have their Vision realised by acclaimed professionals in different media, including animation, illustration, interactive games, and public murals.

Community delegates will be asked to feed perspectives from their organisation and community into the creative process. The aim is for these compelling, original Visions to raise awareness of the Devon Carbon Plan and engage people in the process and possibilities of change.


All residents of Devon are also invited to submit their own net-zero visions of their town, village or locale to be showcased in the project gallery.

At the end of the project, a book will be produced as a resource for communities across the country who want to become net zero, featuring climate scientists, sustainability experts and the Devon Visions. A free copy will be distributed to public libraries across Devon.

Finally, it is hoped that individuals and groups will take and adapt the ‘Net-Zero Visions’ idea to their own projects and purposes, in ways unforeseen by the project originators! Please get in touch with the project organisers if you have an idea for how the Net Zero Visions idea might be of use to you and those around you.

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