Enter Global Canvas

Thank you for your interest in David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s (DSWF) children’s art competition.

The theme for the 2021 competition is ‘Healing Nature- a Planet on the Edge’ and entries are now open.

Please do 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 at bottom of the page).
  • 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 at the bottom of this page 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:

Thursday, 25 June 2020 – Global Canvas entries open

Tuesday, 2 February 2021 – Entries close

Thursday, 25 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?

If your school is shortlisted you will be invited to attend the exhibition and prize giving at the Natural History Museum, London on Thursday, 25 March 2021

  • 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 attend the event in 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. (Please see an example below)
  • 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.
  • If you are travelling from a country that requires a visa to enter the UK we can provide you with a letter detailing the event and confirming that you are shortlisted and are therefore eligible and welcome to attend, but not an official letter of invitation as we are not hosting you in the UK.  

Artwork displays

global canvas stand

Here is an example of a shortlisted artwork display at London’s Natural History Museum.

global canvas display

Should your group be shortlisted but unable to attend the prize-giving ceremony, the DSWF team will set up photographs of your group’s artwork for final judging.

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

Global Canvas entry form

Please make sure your art group/school or entry name is clear and consistent on all documents.
We welcome imaginative group entries from children aged 16 years and under.
Contact name/liaison for the group.
If applicable.

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*Please note that with regard to Covid-19 and the ever-changing situation, we will be following Government advice, if the event has to be cancelled for any reason, the competition final will still go ahead online and you will be given plenty of notice. 

If you are shortlisted for the final you will be emailed by Monday 8th February. Before making any travel plans we advise you to check the up-to-date government advice as DSWF cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred by cancellation of the event.