Enter The Grantham Climate Art Prize for young people

We're working with Imperial College's Grantham Institute for Climate Change to paint powerful public art across the UK to raise awareness for biodiversity loss and climate change.

If you're aged between 12-25, we need your help creating artworks forΒ 7 murals in 7 different UK towns and cities inspired by locally endangered species.

Download the brief and species factsheet here

Enter your artwork for a chance to win...

🎨 Your artwork being turned into a beautiful public mural by a local artist

πŸ–Ό Your work being featured in Natural History Museum galleries across the UK and projected on billboards across London

πŸ€‘ Β£250 cash!

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The writing isn't on the wall - yet.

Many UK species and habitats are threatened by human-caused pollution, on a local and a global scale. This is your opportunity to raise awareness for our precious habitats and send a message of hope through art.

The theme of this competition is Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change.

You'll be creating an artwork to be displayed on a mural wall in one of 7 UK locations, inspired by locally endangered species. The winning designs will come to life on real murals, and to top it off, the winning artists will each receive a Β£250 cash prize, and be projected on billboards across London as well.

Find the full brief and more information about the competition below, and hear more about the Grantham Art Prize from artist Bryony Benge-Abbott and Imperial College professor Dr Will Pearse here:

Your brief:

Create a mural design that represents a message of hope in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss. Pick from one of our towns or cities where you'd like your mural design to come to life – featuring locally endangered species, use that area as your inspiration. Download the full Species Factsheets for each location below, carefully curated with the help of experts UK Youth for Nature.

Download the brief and species factsheet here


As with everything in life, there are rules:

  • The artwork must feature an endangered species that lives around the area
  • To participate you must be aged between 12-25 and live in Great Britain
  • You need to choose one of 7 UK areas from the options below – that's where your mural will be painted if you win, and also where your artwork needs to take inspiration from. (You don't need to live there!)
  • We know some artists best express themselves using profanity, but since these works are for public murals, please keep it clean for this project πŸ˜…
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So, how does it work?

  1. Download the brief and species factsheet here
  2. Sign up through this page to enter the competition so we can send you everything you need to know
  3. Choose 1 location from the 7 locations we've pre-selected (more info below)
  4. Draw or paint your beautiful mural design, make sure it features locally endangered species from the location you've chosen
  5. Submit your artwork to us by September 24th. *We have extended the deadline to 9am on October 4th.
  6. A panel of judges will select 7 finalists, who'll have their works adapted into a real painted mural in one of the 7 locations, and each win the grand prize!

What's that prize again?

The artists behind the 7 winning works will get:

🎨 Their artwork being turned into a beautiful public mural by a local artist

πŸ–Ό Their work being featured in Natural History Museum galleries across the UK and projected on billboards across London for one week

πŸ€‘ Β£250 cash

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Check out our 7 locations for your murals

Choose whichever city inspires you most, and find out more about the locally endangered species specific to that location listed in the dropdown below so you can incorporate one or more of them into your art. The professional artist who'll be scaling up your artwork on the mural is also listed below.

A photo of a mural location in Glasgow

Glasgow

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Location: SWG3 Railway Arch

Mural Painters: Ciaran Globel and Conzo Throb

Locally Endangered Species:

  1. Basking Shark
  2. Bluebell
  3. Common Toad
  4. Golden-ringed Dragonfly
  5. Pine Marten
  6. Red Squirrel
  7. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Butterfly
  8. Water Vole
  9. White-tailed Eagle
  10. Wildcat

Hackney, London

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Location: Daubeney Road

Mural Painters: Michelle Meola

Locally Endangered Species:

  1. British Grass Snake
  2. Brown-banded carder bee
  3. Cinnabar Moth
  4. Common Toad
  5. European Eel
  6. Horehound Longhorn Moth
  7. House Sparrow
  8. Song Thrush
  9. Stag Beetle
  10. Soprano Pipistrelle Bat
A photo of a mural location in Brighton

Brighton

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Location: The Level

Mural Painter: Charlie Rallings

Locally Endangered species:

  1. Adder
  2. Adonis Blue Butterfly
  3. Brown-banded Carder Bee
  4. Common Starling
  5. Downland Furrow Bee
  6. European Eel
  7. Fairy Shrimp
  8. Kelp Forest
  9. Red Star Thistle
  10. Short-snouted Seahorse
A photo of a mural location in Leicester

Leicester

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(The two right hand panels)

Location: North Bridge Place

Mural Painter: Provided by Graffwerk Projects

Locally Endangered Species:

  1. Barn Owl
  2. Black Poplar
  3. Black Redstart
  4. European Hedgehog
  5. Great Crested Newt
  6. Large Garden Bumblebee
  7. Otter
  8. Peregrine Falcon
  9. Spreading Bellflower
  10. Swift
A photo of a mural location in Nottingham

Nottingham

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Location: Wollaton Hall

Mural Painter: Anna Wheelhouse

Locally Endangered Species:

  1. Atlantic Salmon
  2. Barbastelle Bat
  3. Eurasian Beaver
  4. Grass-of-parnassus
  5. Grizzled Skipper
  6. Hazel Doormouse
  7. Nottingham Catchfly
  8. Peregrine Falcon
  9. Water Vole
  10. White-clawed Crayfish
A photo of a mural location in Rochdale

Rochdale

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Location: Baillie Street

Mural Painter: Bushra Sultana

Locally Endangered Species:

  1. Brown Hare
  2. Floating Water plantain
  3. Grass-wrack Pondweed
  4. Grey Heron
  5. Pond Mud Snail
  6. Slow-worm
  7. Sphagnum Moss
  8. Twite
  9. Water Vole
  10. White-clawed Crayfish
A photo of a mural location in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent

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(The wall by the canal)

Location: Port Street

Mural Painter: Grega Greaves

Locally Endangered Species:

  1. Barn Owl
  2. Depressed River Mussel
  3. Dingy Skipper Butterfly
  4. Grass Snake
  5. Logjammer Hoverfly
  6. Northern Yellow Splinter Cranefly
  7. Scarce Black Mining Bee
  8. Snipe
  9. White-clawed Crayfish
  10. White-letter Hairstreak

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