ART//COP – COP26 Murals

Nature is in catastrophic decline across the UK and is at huge risk due to climate change. In 2021, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 and the UN Climate change Conference COP26 in Glasgow will define the future of our natural environment for decades. Nature, and the solutions it offers for mitigating climate change and building resilience, has to be at the centre of these negotaitions.

The vital links between biodiversity and climate change can no longer be exempt from climate action.

14 priority cities in black, additional cities in purple – all subject to change

ART//COP is our response.

We are commissioning a series of murals in cities and towns throughout the UK that speak to individuals throughout all four nations. Driven by the power of the visual arts, these murals will highlight species and habitats, directly relevant to where they are painted, that are in decline.

We are working with partners, artists, organisations, and individuals to secure walls and artists, ensuring that the murals are created by the communities they are embedded in. Professional artists conditionally secured include: ATM, Emic, Alex Rubes, Jonny Boatfield, and Michelle Meola. We are also working with talented youth, e.g. in Cardiff, thanks to the Prince’s Trust’s Art for Change course. In all situations, we recognise the importance and value of ensuring a high quality production. 

We are currently seeking partners or individuals who can help us with:

  • Finding walls that we can paint on!
  • Journalist, Media and PR support – helping us to pitch our campaign to broadcast media and spread awareness online
  • Funding through sponsorship, donations, and material in-kind.

If you want to join our Organising Team working on this, get in touch to help with:

  • Funding & Partnerships
  • Media & Communications
  • Community Engagement

Get in touch: ukyouthfornature@gmail.com

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