Art of Change

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Artwork theme:
Water and hygiene
Submission opening date:
Friday 3 July 2020
Submission closing date:
12 noon BST, Monday 27 July 2020
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Art of Change Image WaterAid/Behailu Shiferaw

Artists have the power to inspire change

Can your art inspire world leaders to double investment in water and hygiene? You could be in with a chance of getting your art in front of our prestigious judging panel, and have it presented ahead of G20.

Handwashing is the first line of defence against COVID-19, yet a shocking 3 billion people have nowhere to wash their hands with soap and water at home. This is not good enough.

We are calling for art to help bring attention to the issues those without access to clean water are facing during the COVID-19 crisis.

This winning piece of artwork will be used as a statement to world leaders ahead of the G20 Summit in November, calling for them to double their investment in water and hygiene in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Will you help us spread the message?

Meet the judges

Grayson Perry, RA, CBE
Artist Grayson Perry, RA, CBE, who will be judging WaterAid's Art of Change competition
Winner of the 2003 Turner prize, Grayson Perry is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. His work references his own childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as wider social issues.

“Art is a powerful tool for expressing what’s going on in the world and identifying what really matters, especially during the turbulent times we currently find ourselves in.  

WaterAid’s campaign is a great way for artists from around the world to unite and use their creative skills to highlight the importance of everyone having the basics of clean water and hygiene and the vast inequalities that exist as we tackle a shared crisis.  

I’m looking forward to seeing the different ways people will interpret and portray this important issue and the impact it will have. Together, we can call on governments to take action that will help transform lives for good.”

Aida Muluneh
Aida Muluneh shooting her Water Life for WaterAid collection in Ethiopia
WaterAid/Neil Wissink
Aida Muluneh's work is in the permanent collections of a number of institutions including MOMA and the Smithsonian institute. She is the Founder and Director of the Addis Foto Fest (AFF).

“Creativity and art are powerful forces for change in the world. As a photographer working in Ethiopia, my vision has been to create art that courageously challenges clichés and portrays the strength, beauty and heritage of Africa and its women.

Clean water and good hygiene are vital in preventing the spread of deadly diseases like coronavirus, yet millions of people are living without these basics. Together, we can call on governments to take urgent action to address this injustice

“I’m excited to be working with WaterAid on this initiative that offers artists the chance to create a unique piece of work that advocates for global change and helps transform lives across the world.”

Jean Jullien
Jean Jullien, french graphic artist and judge of WaterAid's Art of Change competition
Jean Jullien is a graphic artist with an eclectic body of work. He's published numerous books with acclaimed houses, worked with clients from The New Yorker to Vogue and opened shows around the world.
Russell Tovey
Actor, art fan and judge of Art of Change Russell Tovey
Jason Dimmock
Best known for starring in the BBC/HBO drama Years and Years, actor Russell Tovey is also an art collector. He hosts the podcast Talk Art, interviewing leading artists, curators and gallerists.

“Contemporary art is my passion; it’s a beautiful way to share an experience, break boundaries, create connections, and inspire change. That’s why I’m really proud to be working with WaterAid on its Art of Change campaign. It will bring together different stories from around the world that will be used to urge world leaders to take notice and make concrete actions that will transform lives.”

How the competition works

The prizes

  • €2,000 (euros) kindly gifted from a supporter of the arts who would like to remain anonymous
  • One-to-one mentor session with Aida Muluneh
  • Artwork to be presented to world leaders ahead of the G20 summit

How we'll use your art

We want to share as many of the fantastic entries we receive as possible, so even if you don't win there's a chance your art will be featured somewhere!

  • We’ll share art on our social channels and public spaces as it comes in.
  • We’ll put the winning 12 pieces of art on our website and share in our supporter magazine for voting.
  • We’ll have a public gallery for great pieces of art that didn’t make the top 12.
  • The winning piece will be shared on our social channels and in public spaces and sent to world leaders ahead of the G20.

You can share your work on your social channels too, simply @WaterAid and don’t forget to tag #ArtOfChange and #BringWater.

Terms of the competition

Please be sure to read the full terms and conditions before submitting your entry to Art of Change.