• 28 Sep 2021
  • Written by Nick Cullen
  • Blog

Do you have skills in organising, installing or invigilating exhibitions? Or experience in running arts events? 

Are you looking for ways to ACT in the face of the climate and ecological crisis, when indigenous leaders and heads of countries will travel to Glasgow for the world’s largest climate summit?

The impact of the pandemic means that COP26 31 October – 12 November in Glasgow will be one of the least accessible and most exclusive COPs since the conferences began. In response to this, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) has a plan for how to platform marginalised voices and civil society groups, alongside local, Glasgow-based artists responding to the climate crisis.

We are mobilising arts and community spaces across the city, as well as curating pop-up exhibitions in shop window fronts in the city centre, taking over the city to broadcast messages from global south artists and activists who are unable to travel to COP but live on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

The roles:

  Co-curators (20 Sep – 14 Nov) – volunteers to scout out for exhibition and display spaces across the city and coordinate the installation and deinstallation before and after COP26; basic mounting skills desirable

  Arts Hub hosts (1-12 Nov) – volunteers to help run and invigilate our hub at the Dream Machine, hosting the local and international groups using the space 

  Art Technicians (30-31 Oct & 13 Nov) – experienced in constructing exhibition spaces, hanging, etc; GSA grad show install team, we’re looking at you! 

  Artists or collectives (1-12 Nov) looking to do takeovers or run workshops in the spaces (particularly events involving collaboration with artists travelling to COP)

  Further arts groups with contacts to spaces who are interested in collaborating and adding to our decentralised map of projects across the city (1-12 Nov)


*Health and safety training will be provided for volunteers to keep the spaces safe for all. As the volunteer role requires training, we are looking for volunteers able to commit to at least five 4-hour long shifts for the two weeks of COP, though this is negotiable on accessibility grounds. Roles will all be located in central Glasgow, mainly at The Space, 257 London Road (other spaces TBC).

Click here to apply

We will be running an info session on Wednesday 29 September, 5:30-6:45pm, so if you have any questions, come along to find out more.

If you have specific further queries, please feel free to reach out: [email protected]

  • Nick Cullen

    Nick is a past coordinator for the Climate Fringe platform and Climate Fringe Festival, working on strategy, website development and communications. He spent two years at SCCS in the lead up to COP26 and led on developing the Homestay Network, volunteering programme, COVID-19 safety, and many other aspects of logistics and operations in collaboration with the COP26 Coalition.