Patzi Shepperson from ‘It’s Our World’ believes so. She explains how children are getting involved with a guest blog for Human Nature.
What better medium than art to celebrate the environment, as seen through the eyes of its future custodians?
From the Lascaux Cave Paintings to Banksy, artists, makers and designers have used visual language to inform, influence and persuade. With COP 21 Climate Change Summit in Paris on the horizon in December, children and young people across the UK have been doing just that, by creating artworks and sharing them on the It’s Our World Online Gallery.
“Save the Gannet” woven out of plastic bags, Kenn Primary School, Devon
From breakdancing with paints to urban photography, wearable art from recycled materials and close up studies of natural forms, the Gallery already hosts an inspiring collection of artworks mapping the UK and its wildlife. There is the promise of many more to follow before the closing date at the end of November.
“The Fault Dear Brutus” Poppy, aged 14, Suffolk
The purpose behind It’s Our World is not only to provide a colourful reminder, but also to inspire participants to connect with the environment through art and to take positive steps to reduce their impact. Online resources provide artistic inspiration from artists including David Hockney and Andy Goldsworthy. Using visual language, the resources also suggest ways to reduce waste, save energy and water.
Land Art Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy Josh, aged 12, Lancashire
It’s Our World has been developed in support of The Campaign for Drawing with over 20 environmental, arts and educational partners including The Widlife Trusts, The Marine Conservation Society, The National Society for Education in Art & Design and Jupiter Artland.
The project has also secured support from an impressive list of Ambassadors including Human Nature’s own Nicola Nemec, Michael Morpurgo, Stephen Fry, Fearne Cotton and artist Tania Kovats, creator of “Rivers” at Jupiter Artland.
“My work is about our relationship with landscape, so like any artist working with the land, environmental concerns get embedded in my work. But it’s not that my work is a debate about art and ecology. I think that art is an ecology – constantly evolving and changing. I made the work ‘Rivers’ because I was thinking about water as an element that connects one place to another, whether that was thinking about streams running into rivers, that connect to the seas; or thinking about the bigger dynamic nature of the hydro cycle of our beautiful blue watery planet. Water is life, and will be highly significant in future decisions about how and where we live, and may well generate the sort of conflicts like fossil fuels or oil does today. We hear so much about how climate change will effect all of us, sooner rather than later, and it can leave you feeling like you can’t do anything about it. But remember everything is connected. Each one of us is an eco system that effects the ecology around us, emotionally, environmentally, economically.”
Tania Kovats- It’s Our World Ambassador.
The It’s Our World Online Gallery is open for submissions by anyone aged 4-19 years in the UK until end of November. To register, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.