BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 19th May '14

ART PROJECT AMONG UK’S LARGEST CONTRIBUTIONS TO WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY.

Calling all kids (and teachers): the It’s Our World campaign wants children and young adults (aged 4-19) to bring their environment to life through art for World Environment Day.

You don’t need to be a Constable or a Turner to participate – in fact, you don’t even need a paintbrush. There’s no limitation on medium, so you could get snapping with your smartphone camera or get snipping with a pair of scissors. 2D, 3D, anything goes – though the use of recycled materials is being encouraged.

The idea is to take a snapshot of whatever’s around you, whether it’s a busy street, a rocky coastline or a bunch of rolling hills (lucky you). The aim is to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork mapping the British Isles, as seen through the eyes of the nation’s future custodians. You can put yourself on the map by uploading your land, sea or cityscape onto the online gallery on the It’s Our World website.

Get your class involved

It’s Our World has been developed to support the national primary and secondary curricula, and will mainly be driven through schools and colleges. Teachers can register online to get their students and pupils involved and receive updates ahead of the launch on 5th June, the UN’s World Environment Day.

As well as encouraging budding artists to look closely at their immediate surroundings, the campaign also aims to make younger people more aware of our impact on the environment and the interconnectedness of everything on Earth.

Exhibitions

The online gallery will open in September 2014 to coincide with the start of the 2014/15 academic year. Artwork uploaded will be showcased the following year on digital ad screens across the UK and the entire collection will be handed over to The UK Web Archives to be stored for the nation.

Participating schools and partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will also be encouraged to exhibit original artwork to their local community.

It’s Our World is being developed with a range of UK wide community, arts, educational and environmental partners including Healthy Planet, Start, The Wildlife Trusts (England & Wales), The Scottish Wildlife Trust, The Eden Project, The National Marine Aquarium, The Geographical Association and The Big Draw.

To find out more about the project and to register your school online, visit the It’s Our World website.