It's Our World

Speaking Out For Positive Environmental Action through Art

Banner art 'Shutters' by Patrick Hughes

The It's Our World Auctions

Over 40 leading artists including David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake, Maggi Hambling, Sir Antony Gormley, Emily Young, Yinka Shonibare and Andy Goldsworthy have donated artworks, a selection of which will be included in the It’s Our World online auction hosted by Christie’s from 10-24 March.

The auctions will raise money for The Big Draw, and our work to promote visual literacy and demonstrate how the universal language of drawing changes lives. 

Works in the online auction have been created to celebrate the environment and champion the importance of protecting it for future generations. 

The auction marks the culmination of It’s Our World, a far-reaching environmental arts project. The initiative saw over 30,000 children and young people across the UK create artworks, either individually or collaboratively, to record and show concern for their local landscape, wildlife, coastline or neighbourhood.

Students getting involved at The Sir Henry Jones Museum in North Wales.

Artworks in a colourful variety of media and approaches have been uploaded onto an Online Gallery by schools, colleges, community groups and The Big Draw festival event organisers. The collection will be preserved for the nation by The British Library as part of the UK Web Archives.

If you would like to show your support for The Big Draw and have the opportunity to bid on one of 20 artworks and stunning experiences across the UK register on the Christie's website here.

Background

In 2014-15, The Big Draw teamed up with It’s Our World – the UK’s largest environmental arts project - to create a celebratory platform for sustainable action through art.


Devon Guild of Craftsmen: Folklore Forest

Big Draw organisers across the UK responded to the theme It's Our World. 

Thousands of children and young people created imaginative and colourful artworks. With one goal, to share their view of their local wildlife and coastal, rural or urban environment.  

The impressive collection is now being stored for the nation by The British Library as part of the UK Web Archives.

Arts University Bournemouth Dorset: Sarah aged 18

As world leaders gathered in Paris for COP 21 Climate Change Summit, the personal images of over 30,000 children provided a powerful and colourful reminder about the need for sustainable action from the nation’s future custodians, its young people.

It's Our World inspiration

Enjoy artistic inspiration and sustainability ideas to help explore, understand and reduce environmental impact.                

Liss Infants School Hampshire:  Recycled Flower Garden