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#CreateCOP25: Tackling Climate Change with Art

By Sophie Parsons

Images: Harley Weir

Global art agency Art Partner launches #CreateCOP25, a contest for young creatives to respond to the climate crisis in their medium of choice. Learn more about how to get involved and what the competition entails.

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference 2019 taking place in December, Art Partner has launched a competition encouraging young creatives to react to the current climate crisis through their work. A leading artist management agency, Art Partner represents creatives in fields from photography and film to styling and beauty. Their new contest #CreateCOP25 hopes to promote some of the most impactful work that is being done in response to the climate crisis and following the protests that took place during Global Week of Climate Action.

Why COP25?

On December 2nd - 13th, world leaders will gather in Santiago, Chile for the 2019 United Nations climate change conference, also known as COP25. As the climate crisis becomes more immediate and public protests and demonstrations demand action, these conferences are critical in ensuring developed countries resolve to end their contribution to climate change and commit to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

#CreateCOP25 has been created with the aim of raising public awareness ahead of COP25 and to help highlight the call for action coming from the creative industries. The work produced by the young creatives involved will then be released in the run up to and during the conference, with hopes to remind world leaders of the urgency of the climate crisis. 

How will it work?

All entrants must be between 18 and 30 years-old at the time of submission, and the contest is open to participants globally.

The brief itself is broad and open to interpretation with the competition criteria simply requiring young creatives to:

  • Interpret the climate emergency through a chosen creative medium
  • Submissions can be any medium including, but not limited to, photography projects, docu-style and experimental film, performance art, spoken word, musical compositions, fashion design, new media and social media projects

The competition itself will be judged by designer Francisco Costa, Eco-Age founder Livia Firth, fashion designer Gabriela Hearst, artist and poet Wilson Oryema, agent Giovanni Testino, photographer Harley Weir, and Vogue Italia creative director Ferdinando Verderi. The six most impactful works selected by the judges will then be publicised ahead of COP25.

The winner of the contest will receive $10,000 and an opportunity to collaborate with Art Partner on a further editorial project. The five runners-up will each receive $2,000 to fund future projects that respond to climate change, and all six finalists will receive ongoing mentorship and exposure from Art Partner. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 1 November 2019. 

Find out more about the contest and further details on how to submit a project on the #CreateCOP25 website.


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#CreateCOP25: Tackling Climate Change with Art