‘Climate Change’ – we are familiar with the term. The concept has been disseminated, publicized, sensationalized endlessly – to the point that it is very much a part of the public imagination.
This is the problem.
For too many it exists only in the imagination. Some populations live relatively free of its effects – making it difficult to truly comprehend the profundity of its impact for scores of people around the world.
And this impact can be devastating: ‘Climate Refugees’ experience climate change at its most damaging.
The Art Competition
We are launching this art competition to try and encourage people to empathise with the experiences of those affected by climate change – particularly forced migration. We hope that by encouraging everyone to get creative and do something different, we can open up a new dialogue around the subject
A heart-breaking reality for ‘climate refugees,’ as with many peoples forced to migrate, is the loss of their home. Whilst many can’t identify with experiencing the devastation of losing their home, most can express their relationship with a ‘home’ – therefore this shall be the main theme of the competition.
Entrants may broadly examine the relationship between person and home, explore/empathise with the loss of home, or more specially regard ‘climate refugees.’ We ask you to be as creative as you can, exploring deeply your connection with the subject and producing a piece that exhibits the emotions that result from this exploration.
We do however want to iterate that this is something for ALL ages and ALL abilities; we are absolutely not expecting you to produce something fit for the TATE gallery! The most important aspect of this experience is to get you thinking and feeling; the end product could be a couple of lines of poetry or a sketch on a napkin, whatever it is, we will be very happy to recieve it!
Most importantly, this is a FREE competition.
There will be three age categories;
Category 1: Ages 5 -11 (See child friendly guidelines)
Category 2: Ages 12 – 17 (See adult guidelines)
Category 3: Ages 18 + (See adult guidelines)
There will be three prizes for each category! All of the nine winning pieces will be displayed in notable locations (such as the Library and the Rep theatre) around Birmingham city center with the hope to draw attention to the cause through your beautiful pieces….this is your chance to be famous!
Any medium of art is accepted: from painting to drawing, papier-mâché to photographs. Realistic or abstract, you are free to interpret as you see fit. We must, however, limit size of the piece to A3.
How to Enter
The compeition is free to enter.
We ask that you take a photograph of your entry and send it to use via email. They can be submitted as a jpg or png via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading as ‘Competition Entry’. Please attach image, write your name and age, the name of the piece, what medium was used to create your piece and a little bit about the piece you are submitting and how it relates to the topic.
Your artwork may then need to be shipped if you are a winner of the competition and you are not able to bring it in to Birmingham.
Alternatively, drop your entries to our building: The Warehouse Cafe, 54-57 Allison St, Birmingham B5 5TH. Your entry must include your name and age, the name of the piece, what medium was used to create the piece and a little bit about the piece you are submitting and how it relates to the topic. Your artwork can then be collected after the competition is over.
For detailed information on the specific guidelines of the competition please follow the link below:
For child friendly information on the guidelines of the competition please follow the link below: