Call for Art work – Young Artists

Unfiltered Coast Exhibition

Call for Artwork (all forms accepted)

Are you a young artist concerned about climate change?

Do you want the chance to display your work in a public venue?

Do you live, work or study in Kent?

We are looking for submissions for an art exhibition from young people (aged 14-20).

The artwork must focus on the issue of coastal climate change with the key theme of water crisis: flooding, contamination, shortage. The work can be general or specific to Kent.

The art work can take various forms, including:

  • Visual work: painting, drawing, photography, film/moving image, mixed media
  • Literary work: poetry, flash fiction, short stories, essays

We are also interested in submissions that combine word and image for the purpose of climate change protest and activism. For example:

  • Posters, banners
  • Cartoons, graphic illustrations
  • Memes

The exhibition will open at the Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Canterbury, in late April.

We are also investigating the possibility of a second venue in Ramsgate.

Submission deadline: Wed 30 March (to allow time for framing and installation)

Submission details:

Work that can be submitted online should be sent to Lavinia Brydon:

Please notify Lavinia of any printing, framing or technical requirements for the work.

If the work is too large to send via email (e.g. a video file), please contact Lavinia for an alternative submission route.

If the work is fine art, please email Lavinia with an image and dimensions so that she can arrange an alternative submission route.

All work should include a short artist statement, with the following details:

  • title of work and name of artist
  • description of work, including any notes on medium or techniques used
  • notes on your inspiration and how the work fits with the exhibition’s theme

We will include as many submissions as the space permits. Multiple submissions are allowed.

The exhibition forms part of a project called Unfiltered Coast, led by staff at the University of Kent. It follows on from walking workshops held on the Kent coast in autumn, which coincided with COP26.

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.