“Art has the potential to inspire minds and touch emotions in a way that science alone often finds challenging.” Martin Siegert, Visiting Professor at the Grantham Institute

Grantham Climate Art Prize 2023

The Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London is running it’s biennial project, the 2023 Grantham Climate Art Prize, with sponsorship from Octopus Energy. The prize invites young people, who will be most affected by climate change, to create bold designs for outdoor public murals focused on the solutions needed to tackle the climate crisis.

Three winning designs will become public murals across the UK, painted by professional artists, and they and six runner-up designs will be displayed on billboards in London ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), starting in November 2023. Winners will each receive £500 and runners-up will get £250 each. The judging panel will be made up of representatives from the Grantham Institute, Octopus Energy and the Turner Contemporary.  

Palette for the Planet: a greener, cleaner, cooler, future

The 2023 art prize theme will be climate action to ensure a more sustainable future world. It will use the Institute’s Climate Action hub, including our popular 9 things you can do about climate change, as inspiration for positive actions we can all take to reduce our impact on the planet, including reducing energy use and bills, green travel, protecting nature and eating less meat and dairy. We will be inviting young people age 11 – 25 to interpret these themes and focus on at least one of them when depicting their visions of a greener, cleaner, cooler future world.

All artforms are welcoming including painting, drawings, graphics, photomontage, collage, typography – except artwork generated by AI. Entries opened on 25 May through Octopus Energy’s website. The closing date is 15 September.

There will be workshops taking place during the summer months, including Design a Climate Action Mural at Imperial’s Great Exhibition Road Festival on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June. At the workshops young people will have a chance to hear from climate scientists about how individuals, businesses and governments can effectively tackle the climate crisis; and from mural artists on how to best convey visions for a more sustainable future on a large-scale designs that will successfully draw the attention of passers-by through vivid colours and eye-catching lettering.

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Watch this space for more updates, and if you have any more questions about the art prize, please contact: granthamartprize@imperial.ac.uk