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Unfiltered Coast – Call Out for Artwork

15 Feb 2022

Are you a young artist concerned about climate change?
Do you want to 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.


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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