Call for entries

Concept submission deadline 24 August 2018 

Exhale, a bionic chandelier by Julian Melchiorri hanging in the V&A

The science-art movement is creating an atmosphere in which life-changing technologies are more likely to emerge."

Julian Melchiorri

Founder & CEO of Arborea, a biochemical technology company based at Imperial Innovations

The Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, together with the Department of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (RCA), are delighted to announce this art competition on the theme of Climate Change and the Environment. Run as part of the Grantham Institute's 10th Anniversary celebrations, this competition is designed to create a conversation about climate change and the environment in a visual way and to kick start collaborations between Imperial and RCA students and academics.

Download: Grantham Art Prize 2018 call for entries (word)

Climate change is no longer just a problem for future generations, it affects every country on every continent. It is having serious impacts on people's lives, threatening homes and causing food and water shortages (including in some of the poorest areas of the world). If we don't take action now, global average temperatures and hot spots will continue to rise and we will continue to see changing weather patterns, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events – all exacerbating current socioeconomic problems and possibly leading to more conflict within and between nations. In 2015 at a historic UN Summit, countries from across the world agreed to adopt a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. The thirteenth of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for countries to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”.

Art itself can be a call to action and a catalyst for change, which is why this years' competition is themed around Sustainable Development Goal 13.

The Grantham Art Prize is open to members of Imperial College London and students of the Royal College of Art (RCA) who want to deploy their creativity to motivate change and create meaningful conversations about tackling climate change and the transformations needed in all areas from energy to agriculture, from business to everyday life.

You may enter as groups or as individuals and collaborations between Imperial and the RCA are encouraged. A jury of artists and climate scientists will judge the concepts and choose six projects to be awarded the Prize. Winning projects will then have six months to produce their final work for an exhibition that will start at Imperial's South Kensington Campus and travel to a gallery at the RCA.


Six concepts will be selected to develop. Those chosen will be informed in early October 2018, and awarded £700 to produce their artwork.


Midday, 22 April 2018
Earth Day and competition launch date

Midnight, 24 August 2018
Concept submission deadline

July 2018
The Grantham Institute will host a networking event to bring together interested parties from the RCA and Imperial. The exact date and details about how to register will be announced shortly.

October 2018
Up to six concepts will be selected by the panel to receive the award of £700 and to develop and produce their artwork.

25-26 April 2019
Completed artworks will form an exhibition in the College Main Entrance of the South Kensington Campus at Imperial College London to mark Earth Day 2019.

July 2019
The artwork will be moved to a gallery space at the RCA and form a standalone exhibition there. The exact date will be announced shortly


A jury is being formed and will be announced shortly.

How to apply

The application form can be downloaded here: Grantham Art Prize Application Form 2018. Completed proposals should be sent to Abbie Stone, Submissions should be in PDF format, hard copies will not be accepted.

Eligibility and conditions

Full terms and conditions can be downloaded here: Grantham Art Prize T&Cs

The competition is open to members of Imperial and students of the RCA. You may enter as groups or as individuals. Collaborations between Imperial and RCA are encouraged.

Entrants should consider the size of the exhibition space and the constraints detailed below, and all artwork would need to be accompanied by a short explanation that will also be displayed.

Art cannot hang from the ceiling at Imperial College so all work must be suitable for display on a plinth or a wall, alternatively work can be digitally displayed on a TV-screen. Performance and sound-based pieces are unfortunately not eligible for this competition.

Acceptable sizes: For ease of transportation and display in the hall all 3D work must be no bigger than 1.5x1.5x1.5m, and 2D work must be no bigger than 1.5x1.5m.

Images of the gallery spaces at Imperial can be found below, additionally those interested in the competition can attend the networking event in July 2018 to see the space at Imperial College.

Upon completion of the final works, representatives from Imperial College London and the RCA will perform a final approval process. Each independently reserves the right to refuse to display specific works in their respective institutions and this decision will be at the organisation’s discretion.


Please send any questions to Abbie Stone,, and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

Gallery space

Imperial College Main Entrance


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