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Sustainability First Essay and Art Prizes

Building from the corona crisis towards a sustainable future

The corona pandemic is currently affecting every area of peoples’ lives across the globe. As we emerge from the crisis, how do we ensure a sustainable recovery – which balances economic, social and environmental wellbeing? Sustainability First is launching two creative competitions: Art Prize and Essay Prize.

Sustainability First is a think tank and charity which seeks to promote practical ways to deliver environmental, social and economic wellbeing - with a particular focus on climate change and public utility companies (e.g. energy, water and communications). We recently launched the Sustainable Futures Art Project, which brings together knowledge from these sectors and art practice, to encourage dialogue, change behaviours, educate and inspire people.

 

Sustainability First Art Prize

We are inviting original, radical ideas and visions in response to the question:

‘How do we build from the current corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’

The Sustainability First Art Prize is open to all living British and international artists based in the UK, established and emerging, over the age of 18 years. Images of up to 3 works can be submitted online only per person. The works must be original, created in any media – including but not limited to painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, video and installation.

The winning artist will receive a prize of £1000 with £300 for second prize and £200 for third prize. We have brought together a high profile panel of judges spanning visual arts and sustainability including:

  • Jeremy Till - Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts
  • Kate Bryan – Head of Collections, Soho House and Arts Broadcaster
  • Tabish Khan – Art Critic, the Londonist and Regulatory Manager, British Gas
  • Geraldine Cox – Artist in Residence at Imperial College London
  • Sam Gare – Artist and Co-Founder, the Wilderness Art Collective
  • Jo de Montgros – Founder, Destination0 and Partner, Everoze
  • Phil Barton – Chair, Sustainability First

The judging criteria will include: relevance to the theme; creativity and originality; and overall impression / quality of the artwork. We will notify shortlisted artist during week beginning 9 June 2020. We plan to hold an online prize-giving event on 1st July 2020, with a digital exhibition and catalogue of shortlisted works.

To apply – please complete our online application form before the deadline: 1 June 2020 at 5pm, and review the rules for entry. For further information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sustainability First Essay Prize

We are inviting original, radical ideas and visions in response to the question:

‘How do we build from the current corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’

We ask you to consider this question from one or more of the following perspectives:

  • Cultural, behavioural and societal change;
  • Government policy, regulatory & institutional change; and/or
  • Business leadership, governance and practice.

We are particularly interested in essays that address these issues in public utilities (e.g. energy, water and communications).

The essay prize is open to people over the age of 18 years. The writer of the winning essay will receive a prize of £1000 with £300 for second prize and £200 for third prize.

We have brought together a high profile panel of judges from academia, business and policymaking including:

  • Lord Deben, Chair, The Committee on Climate Change
  • Andy Johnson, Assistant Editor and News Editor, The i paper
  • Rose O’Neill, Principal Specialist - People and Environment, Natural England
  • Laura Sandys, Chair, Government Energy Data Taskforce and Director of Challenging Ideas
  • Olivia Dickson, Board Member Impact Investing Institute, ShareAction and Financial Reporting Council
  • Phil Barton, Chair, Sustainability First

The judging criteria will include: identification of key issues; radical and practical ideas for action; evidence, style of writing and clarity of argument. We will notify writers of shortlisted essays during week beginning 9 June 2020. We plan to hold an online prize-giving event, with a virtual book comprising shortlisted works on 1 July 2020.

To apply – please complete our online application form before the deadline: 1 June 2020 at 5pm, and review the rules for entry. For further information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

* Photo by Bud Helisson on Unsplash.