National Museums NI, in partnership with Urban Scale Interventions, has joined TEDxStormont to support RSPB NI as it calls for aspiring artists to put nature in the frame this summer.
This is the final call for the competition, with the deadline for entries being tomorrow (Friday, July 30).
The competition builds on the idea of activist art, a term used to describe art that is grounded in the act of ‘doing’ to address political or social issues, and aims to show those in power why they should address the nature and climate emergency before it’s too late.
The winners in each category will not only be crowned Artist of the Year by the prestigious panel, including renowned artist Colin Davidson, the winning artwork will also be displayed in an exhibition at Banana Block – an exciting new collaborative project from National Museums NI, Urban Scale Interventions and Portview Trade Centre. The artwork will then take centre stage at TEDxStormont Countdown in November to coincide with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
Dr Mike Simms, Senior Curator of Natural Sciences, National Museums NI, who will be joining the judging panel alongside Colin, TEDxStormont’s Eva Grossman and RSPB NI’s Joanne Sherwood, commented: “Whether you’re a complete beginner, budding artist or have a wealth of experience, we want you to use your skills to illustrate the nature rich and climate safe future you want for Northern Ireland. I can’t wait to see the entries.”
Sara McCracken, RSPB NI’s Head of Fundraising and Communications, added: “Whether its cities with lots of green spaces, restored peatlands or more birds in the sky, we want to see your hopes for the future.
“Over the years artists have explored and documented history and politics to huge effect – this is your chance to have your say and we’ll aim to make sure decision makers see it.”
There are no restrictions on the type of artwork, it can be anything from photography and painting to ceramics or even crochet.
n The competition is split into four categories – under eights, ages 8-11, 12-17 and over 18.
n Please email a photo of your artwork to Campaigns.NI@rspb.org.uk with the heading ‘Canvasing for Nature Competition’, along with your entry details (name, age, contact telephone number) by Friday (July 30).