Global Canvas 2021

Healing Nature – A Planet on the Edge

Our annual children’s art competition, Global Canvas, is now open for entries. The theme for the 2021 competition is ‘Healing Nature – a Planet on the Edge’.

We would love children to think about the positive impacts their actions can have in helping to heal our planet and to show this in a fantastic display of art.

The DSWF team would like to extend a massive thank you to Michael O’Mara Books for generously sponsoring Global Canvas again this year.

Who can enter Global Canvas 2021?

This competition is open to groups of children aged 16 and under. An entering group can be a group of friends, an art club, a class, a year group or an entire school.

Global Canvas is a worldwide competition with participating groups entering from Russia, Nigeria, China and beyond.

Group displays and artworks

The group will need to make a display based on the theme using any art techniques and mediums they like. The judges would love to see recycled materials being used to create displays.

We appreciate that with the current situation around Covid-19, being together in a group of children is not always possible. In light of this, we suggest each member of the group independently creates a section of the display. The complete display can then be assembled and put together at a later date. We look forward to seeing the innovative and creative ways groups overcome distance and isolation through art.

For more details regarding displays and entries find out how to enter Global Canvas here.

Find out more about Global Canvas and how to get involved

Global Canvas 2021 'Healing Nature - A Planet on the Edge'

  • Thursday, 25 March 2021
  • Natural History Museum, London

Art competition dates and deadlines

Entries open from Thursday, 25 June 2020, and the deadline for competition entries is Tuesday, 2 February 2021. Shortlisted entries will be displayed at London’s Natural History Museum, on Thursday, 25 March 2021. Here the artwork displays will be judged, and prizes will be awarded.

Global Canvas 2021, Covid-19 update

Please note that with regards to Covid-19 and the ever-changing situation we will be following the United Kingdom’s government advice. If the event must be cancelled for any reason, the competition final will still go ahead online, and teachers will be notified as soon as possible.

If you are shortlisted for the final, you will be emailed by Monday, 8 February 2021. Before making any travel plans we recommend you consult your country’s government website as well as the UK government website for the most relevant and up-to-date travel advice. DSWF cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred should we have to cancel the event.