Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, the competition challenges young artists to amplify the call for climate action

As the world holds its breath beneath environmental troubled waters, Art Partner seeks to amplify the call for climate justice, providing a platform where the voices of creatives are heard. Inspired by the youth climate movement, #CreateCOP28 is dedicated to the next generation, aware of their inheritance of a planet in peril.

The competition invites artists between the ages of 14 and 30 to present works that address the urgency of climate action, to be presented at COP28, the annual UN Climate Change Conference. Applicants may submit projects of any medium, spanning experimental film, photography, social media, music composition, performance art, and fashion design in the past. Last year’s finalists explored waste mythology, uninhabitable lands, intersectional environmentalism, and ecological irreversibility, touching on climate justice, corporate greenwashing, material innovation, wildlife and ecosystem conservation, grassroots activism, regeneration, and nature-based wisdom in the process.

Artworks will be assessed by an internationally recognized panel of judges, including Mario Sorrenti, Willow Defebaugh, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shaway Yeh, and Giovanni Testino. Selected creatives will take part in a virtual 3D exhibition, and be featured in the United Nations’s head offices in New York alongside past #CreateCOP winners.

Initially launched in 2019 by Art Partner’s Director and Senior Agent, Amber Testino, the #CreateCOP competition aims to elevate the underrepresented perspectives of marginalized communities, in relation to their unique environmental encounters. By joining the efforts of people, platforms, businesses, governments, and organizations all over the world, #CreateCOP28 advances the public profile of the climate emergency, reminding world leaders that the time to act is now.

Applications are open on Art Partner’s website through October 16.