Enter Global Canvas

Entries for Global Canvas 2021 will open in June 2020 and close in January 2021. Please sign up to our e-news to be the first to hear when we launch.

In the meantime, take a look at the competition guidelines below to find out what you will need to do to enter and be in with a chance of displaying a colourful creation at London’s Natural History Museum.

Global Canvas entry checklist:

  • A photograph of your group’s mini-exhibition/art display in line with this year’s theme.
  • 200 words describing how you have interpreted the theme (Please see entry form when entries open.
  • Alongside your group’s entry you will need to submit a video/ PowerPoint presentation telling us all about your artwork and how you have interpreted the theme. Videos must be no more than 3 minutes long.
  • Please send these via WeTransfer/Dropbox/Google Drive to our Education Manager. The video/presentation will be shown at the Natural History Museum if you are selected as an overall or category winner.
  • Please fill out our entry form when you are ready to submit your artwork.
  • To avoid confusion, please make sure your art group/school or entry name is clear and consistent on all documents.

Please also ensure you have familiarised yourself with DSWF’s Global Canvas Terms & Conditions.

Key dates:

Summer 2020 – Global Canvas entries open

January 2021 – Deadline for content

March 2021 – Shortlisted entries displayed and judged at London’s Natural History Museum

All dates to be confirmed, please keep an eye on the website for further details as they are announced.

Global Canvas competition rules

  • This competition is group entry, open to everyone aged 16 and under. (Talented art students between the ages of 17-22 should consider entering the Human Impact category of Wildlife Artist of the Year).
  • Entries are welcomed from any art groups, classes, year groups, groups of friends or a whole school!
  • Each group’s entry should fill a wall space 180cm x 180cm with a table 180cm x 60cm in front. Be as creative as you can, using anything from paint, sculpture or sewing to recycled art, to create your own mini-exhibition! Make sure that you use some form of recycled materials in the final piece.
  • Entry is FREE. Donations are welcome but will not affect judging. (Suggested donation £20).

What happens if your school’s artwork is shortlisted?

  • Shortlisted finalists will be chosen from the photographic submission and video/presentation. The successful groups will display their entry at the Natural History Museum.
  • If you are unable to send your artwork to London (e.g. you’re overseas or a long way from London) we will create a display of photographs of your entry for judging at the museum.
  • Judging to select the final overall and category winners will take place between 12-1pm, with the guest speaker’s talk and prize giving taking place between 1.30-3pm.

Make sure you have checked our printable competition details and Terms & Conditions before you enter.