Children and young people across the UK are invited to speak out for positive environmental action by creating an artwork to share a view of their world.
The aim is to create the UK’s largest Online Gallery celebrating urban, rural and coastal environments, as seen through the eyes of the nation’s future custodians (4-19 years).
Participants are not only encouraged to connect with nature through art, but also to lead more active, healthy and sustainable lives. Visit the It’s Our World website for further details www.itisourworld.org.uk
The Online Gallery already hosts a colourful variety of approaches, from close up studies of natural forms to sweeping landscapes. Artworks are accepted in any size or medium, including watercolour, crayon, textile, printmaking and photography. The collection will be handed over to The British Library’s UK Web Archives in December 2015, to coincide with COP 21 the World Leaders Climate Change Summit in Paris.
“I’m happy to support It’s Our World and the campaign to engage children with nature and the environment.” Simon King, OBE author, wildlife cameraman and presenter said. “Art is fundamental to the way human beings express their thoughts, so what better way to unite children and young people, than this attempt to create the largest online collection of artwork.”
Created in support of The Campaign for Drawing, It’s Our World was selected as the theme for The Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival www.thebigdraw.org/ A Mail-out, fronted by Simon King, has also been sent to all schools inviting them to take part, using unique PIN Codes to access the Gallery.
The Gallery features artworks by children and young people across East Anglia from breakdancing with paints at the Firstsite Gallery in Colchester, to photographic studies by students at Suffolk One Sixth Form, landscape art by pupils at Hadleigh High and It’s Our World Young Ambassador, Kieron Williamson from Norfolk. For schools and community groups wishing to share their artworks and register for a code contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register. see the list of Ambassadors here