#CreateCOP28: Art Competition For the Environment

#CreateCOP28: Art Competition For the Environment

The creative agency Art Partner recently announced its launch of #CreateCOP28 — the annual art competition which raises awareness for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Now, in its fourth year, the #CreateCOP prize will run again the popular contest.

Aiming to give voice to the problems most affecting the environment, the agency has called upon young artists (aged 14 to 30) from around the world to apply. Submissions are supposed to explore ideas related to climate and its possible solutions. All from the creative minds of the ‘next generation,’ emphasis has been placed on artists who come from marginalized and underrepresented communities. As co-founder of Art Partner, CEO Giovanni Testino described the competition as giving “voice to a young generation of creatives who have inherited a planet that is in serious trouble”. 

Orilla Negra by Lizeth Lozano Palomino, which won first prize last year
2022 first prize winner (‘Orilla Negra’ by Lizeth Lozano Palomino). Credit: Art Partner

As a multimedia competition, applications can include works in photography, film, music, performance, written or spoken works. Thematically, compositions can cover a spectrum, with issues such as the climate crisis, corporate greed, and food and water insecurity. It can also include contributions to climate solutions such as conservation, activism, and climate justice.

'I am Cenote' by Camila Jaber CreateCOP26
First place winner of 2021 (‘I am Cenote,’ by Camila Jaber) Credit: Art Partner

Accepting submissions from June 27 until October 2023, 8 finalists will be awarded anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000. Judged by a panel of artists — ranging from photographers, to editors, to artistic editors — the finalists will join an acclaimed group of previous winners. 20 artists will receive honorable mentions and will have their artwork displayed in a virtual exhibition held by artpartner.com. Some will have their work presented in the United Nations office in New York.

A portrait of a resident affected by the Peruvian oil spill in 2022
Photographic submission for 2022 competition of a woman affected by Peruvian oil spill. Credit: Art Partner

Previous winning pieces include art related to oil spills, natural disasters, and corporate irresponsibility, By giving a platform to young artists, thousands of submissions are expected this year, with hundreds of applications coming around the world. Make sure to stay on top of news regarding #CreateCop28

Featured image via Jack Walker Heppel

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