It's Our World
It’s Our World is a mass participation arts project that aims to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork celebrating the environment.
It will inspire children and young people, aged 4-19, to create artworks to bring their local neighbourhoods, landscapes, and coastlines to life. And it will encourage them to take positive environmental action and take the lead in living more sustainably.
It’s Our World involvement can help deliver curriculum outcomes, be a focus for a community project, and be part of your John Muir Award.
Subject matter can be approached in a variety of ways including observation, outdoor learning, multiple perspectives that reflect local landmarks and neighbourhoods, critical thinking about environmental impacts and ways in which to lead more sustainable lives.
Artworks can include close up studies of natural forms, sweeping landscapes or studies of urban environments.
They can be in any medium including painting, drawing, textiles, printmaking, graphics and photography. Use of recycled and natural materials in creating collages, mosaics and 3D artworks is especially encouraged.
Link It's Our World to your John Muir Award and John Muir Trust properties
It offers a fantastic way for John Muir Award participants to be creative, share the places that inspire them, and be part of a huge collaborative project. And what better subject matter than the amazing, wild places that the John Muir Trust looks after?
Reference It’s Our World in your Proposal Forms, and include John Muir Award or John Muir Trust in your ‘Subject Matter’ line when you upload images.
Teachers, educators, outdoor centres
All 32,000 UK state primary, secondary, special needs and independent schools have their own unique PIN Code (see below). Involvement can help directly meet experiences and outcomes of many curriculum areas, including Expressive Arts, Design & Technologies, Religious and Moral Education and also provide opportunities for interdisciplinary learning for all abilities. It can link to Outdoor Learning, Citizenship, Learning for Sustainability. And it can be part of many extra-curricular schemes and programmes too.
Online Resources are available from www.itisourworld.org.uk
Art Resources include ‘How to get started’, environmental and artistic inspirations (including great short films from Jupiter Artland), photography tips, and techniques and materials guidance.
Sustainability ideas include suggestions for healthy lifestyles, saving energy and resources, and a range of links for further information and inspiration.
Here’s how you can be part of it
- Register now at www.itisourworld.org. Click on Contact or an Upload button to register for a PIN Code. These provide secure access to upload artworks and to moderate the Gallery for nationwide digital display in June 2015.
- Upload your artworks
- Tag your submissions by including John Muir Award or John Muir Trust along with your organisations name
- Share your submission through instagram, twitter, tumblr, Facebook #ItsOurWorld #JohnMuirAward
Closing date for submissions will be 31 May 2015. Uploaded artwork will be showcased on digital screens across the UK from UN World Environment Day 5th June 2015.
It's Our World has been developed in support of The Campaign for Drawing with the active involvement of over 20 environmental, educational and arts partners including The UN World Environment Day, The Eden Project, The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Keep Britain Tidy (Eco-Schools), The John Muir Trust, Jupiter Artland, The National Society for Education in Art & Design and The Royal Photographic Society. We are proud and delighted that the John Muir Trust is a supporter and educational advisor.
“This is an inspired idea for it will open young minds and eyes to the world about them. Anything that does that is powerful for them and powerful for the planet” Michael Morpurgo, Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author