Artfinder and Octopus Energy launch climate change art prize

Artfinder have teamed up with Octopus Energy to launch Portraits from the Precipice – a project that calls on people to create a piece of artwork which engages with or comments upon the current climate emergency.

The artworks will be used to raise awareness of climate change in the run up to the UN’s COP26 summit in Glasgow next year.

Selected artwork submitted to Portraits from the Precipice will feature in the world’s largest outdoor art exhibition, helping to raise awareness of the impact of climate change.

The exhibition, beginning November 2019, will feature on Octopus’ outdoor billboards in train stations, tubes, and public places across London, representing a public display of support for action against climate change.

Renewable energy providers Octopus Energy will also publish a book featuring a selection of the work, chosen in conjunction with Artfinder’s lead curator, Alice Phillimore, which will be made available to buy online.

Artfinder will donate our entire commission on all artworks sold from the collection and Octopus will donate all proceeds from the book to Renewable World, Octopus’ charity partner, who tackle poverty around the world using renewable energy.

Michal Szczesny, CEO of Artfinder, said: “We want to create a world where art benefits everyone. That’s why we’re honoured to partner with Octopus Energy on this very important project. We’re bringing the power of art and our artists to advance the climate change debate and drive real action. With art’s unique ability to change perceptions we hope to convince more of us to take steps, however small, to start changing the tide on this issue and avert a genuine threat to our fragile ecosystem.”

The project will culminate with the first annual climate change art prize, which will award £10,000 as a first prize to the best entry.

For more information on the Portraits from the Precipice project and how to enter, visit Artfinder

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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