20 November 2021 – 24 December 2022
The Writing’s Not On the Wall – Yet is an exhibition of designs and street art painted for the Grantham Climate Art Prize 2021 expressing messages of hope in the face of climate change & biodiversity loss by 12–25 year-olds from across the UK.
At a time when a quarter of UK mammals are at risk of extinction and 60% of UK’s most important species have decreased in abundance, the young peoples’ designs are a reminder of what we could lose, a call to action and a message of hope for a more sustainable future.
Through workshops and an open competition, seven murals have been created in Brighton, East London, Glasgow, Leicester, Nottingham, Rochdale and Stoke-on-Trent. An additional artwork was painted in Twickenham, South-West London, as part of a pilot project to reconnect school students to nature. Particularly those affected by lockdowns and COVID-19.
Created for their local communities – and designed to capture the imagination of world leaders and decision-makers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) and beyond – the murals reflect young peoples’ hopes for our climate, our environment and the species that sustain us.
“Art is a powerful way of communicating ideas, thought and emotion. I feel privileged to support a prize that enables young artists to communicate their commitment, ideas and sense of urgency about how we tackle the climate crisis.” Helen Cammock, Turner prize winning artist & Patron of the Grantham Climate Art Prize.
The Writing’s Not On The Wall – Yet is on display across Touchstones and Number One Riverside to coincide with Gaia – an installation of planet Earth created by artist Luke Jerram. Find out more details about Gaia here.
One of the winning entries, by Mayokun Janet Alao, has been recreated on a wall on Baillie Street, Rochdale by teacher and community artist Bushra Sultana.