Climate Art Contest for Youth

Art Ignites​ invites artists grades 8-12 to participate in a contest designed to bring awareness to ​Canada’s Green New Deal and the world wide climate crisis ​through the creation of Climate Art.

Climate Art​ conveys messages concerning:

  • care for the earth

  • the role of a diverse community working together in meeting challenges to the climate

  • social justice

  • key challenges and solutions

  • innovative and positive responses to climate change.


  1. Create a piece of Climate Art

  2. Dimensions of Art Work:is up to you, however, if canvases are too large they may not be exhibited due to limited exhibition space

  3. Submit a photograph of your original artwork. Including your name, email address,and the name of your school.

  4. Submit a 200 word paragraph explaining why climate art, and art in general is important to you. You may also include a short bio as part of your 209 word submission. Your paragraph will be edited by our student editors and will be posted along with your work

  5. Email your photograph and paragraph to ​​ with the subject line: ​Climate Art Contest 2020

  6. Our student social media team will post your photograph on our ​Art Ignites Facebook page​.

  7. The contest is open to secondary students up to the age of 19

  8. As much as possible use eco friendly art supplies

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT; April 15, 2020


Winners will be chosen by a draw for:

  1. Brodie Bike from U​nion Street Cycles,​ value approximately $800. To be entered into the draw your submission must effectively meet the criteria outlined above, which includes your paragraph. T​he winner is responsible for picking up the bike at Union Street Cycles in Vancouver.

  2. general admission passes to Art Vancouver 2020

  3. Potential exhibition at Vancouver's Lot 19 or some other exhibition venue located inthe city of Vancouver yet to be determined. The Art Ignites Team will choose paintings for exhibition. If chosen artists are responsible to drop off and pick up their work at the designated venue


Words in The Bucket Youth Climate Art

Kamloops School District Student Climate Art

“Climate Art inspires us to cherish the earth through positive change and action as we move towards social justice.”



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Art Ignites

Art Ignites acknowledges that we live, work, learn and create on the unceded traditional, ancestral, territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and is respectful of the Indigenous stewards of the land and cultures which are fundamental to artistic life in Vancouver

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