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It’s Our World - Promoting Sustainability Through Art

Launching on World Environment Day 2014, It’s Our World is a UK initiative to encourage children and young people, aged 4-19 years, to bring their local land or seascape to life though art.

To be mostly driven through schools, participants are invited to “Put themselves on the map” by creating an artwork to celebrate where they live and to take the lead in living more sustainably for the benefit of future generations.

It’s Our World is being developed with a range of UK wide community, arts, educational and environmental partners including Healthy Planet, Start, The Wildlife Trusts (England & Wales), The Scottish Wildlife Trust, The Eden Project, The National Marine Aquarium, The Geographical Association and The Big Draw, amongst many others.

The Launch is being held on Thursday 5th June, as one of the UK’s major contributions to UN World Environment Day 2014.  TheOnline Gallery will open in September 2014 to coincide with the start of the 2014/15 academic year and to help schools plan ahead.  Artworks, including close-up studies of natural forms and landscapes are accepted in any medium such as watercolour, acrylic, crayons, graphics, textiles and print. The use of recycled materials in creating collages and 3D artwork is encouraged to promote sustainability.

Artwork uploaded onto the Online Gallery will be showcased the following year on digital ad screens donated by JCDecaux across the UK from UN World Environment Day 2015. Participating schools and partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will also be encouraged to exhibit original artwork to their local community.

The entire online collection will be handed over to The British Library’s UK Web Archives, thereby providing a lasting snapshot of how children and young people across the UK view the environment in which they live.

We’ll be giving more information on It’s Our World as we get closer to the launch on UN World Environment Day 2014.   In the meantime, we hope you are as excited about the project as we are!