The state of climate emergency that our planet is currently in is, to put it simply, utterly depressing. But what better way to utilise our sense of impending doom and debilitating anxiety than as fuel for our creative endeavours to raise awareness?
Encouraging the conception of this sort of art is artist management agency Art Partner, with its new competition, #CreateCOP25. Ahead of the 25th edition of the annual UN climate change conference, Art Partner is calling to young creatives and climate activists to submit their personal artistic responses to the environment and climate emergency. These pieces of art will serve as messages from the creative community that the time is now for governments to end their negative contribution to climate change.
Selected by a jury of industry leaders, including Harley Weir and Wilson Oryema, the six most impactful entries will be widely shared during the conference. The winner will receive Dhs36,000 funding towards a future project responding to climate change, as well as the opportunity to collaborate on an editorial project with Art Partner. All five runners up will get Dhs7,000 each to fund subsequent work, and an ongoing Art Partner mentorship.
#CreateCOP25 serves as the latest phase of Art Partner’s Earth Partner division, which was announced in 2017 to celebrate the company’s carbon-neutral status. Following this, Art Partner has endeavoured to support young creatives with the climate crisis at the forefront of their creative output in order to draw attention from business executives and world leaders.
- To find out more, visit the #CreateCOP25 website. Deadline for submission is Friday 1 November 2019.
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