The Low Carbon Institute is an institution in the making. A prototype of a future brick and mortar space where anyone creative can find out more about climate change. 

We organise a free 4 week virtual residency in the summer, events & workshops all year long, share resources and publish a seasonal newsletter.

Our 2022 residents

Our next virtual residency will be June 6-30th 2023.
Applications open on September 1st 2022.

Our 2022 sponsors

Ben Terrett

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Who is the residency for?
People who identify as a creative. Our cohorts have included a furniture maker, a service designer, a sound artist, a graduate, a gallery owner, a digital artist.

Is the 2023 residency virtual?
We’ll work that out by January 2023 depending on the pandemic.

How much time does the residency take?
The first two weeks comprise of talks at 11am-1pm (UK time) and an optional drop-in Zoom call in the afternoon to discuss and connect. All talks are recorded so if you can’t make one or two you can listen to them in your own time. The discussions have been very useful and we recommend you join them to connect with the other participants. Week 3 & 4 are quieter as we get you to respond creatively to what you’ve learnt. A final presentation and online showcase takes part in the last week.

How far away is too far away to take part in the residency?
Applicants should be able to manage the 11am-1pm UK timezone easily. If you’re living in North America or Oceania you may struggle to join us live and that will have a significant impact on your enjoyment of the program and your ability to connect with others.

How much does it cost?
Nothing. We’re working on a stipend for participants in 2023.

How many people take part?
We accept no more than 15 people in a residency.

Can I support what you’re doing? Yes! You can sponsor the program. This keeps applications and participation free for selected residents and covers a speaker fee for independent experts to share their knowledge. As a sponsor, you access the entire lecture series for a whole year. A great way to provide your teams with inspiration and training. Get in touch with Alex to find out more.

Who started this? This is the brainchild of Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino a London-based author and designer who has worked on issues of climate change for technology companies, energy retailers, banks, social enterprises and more. She wrote a little more about it on her blog.