Art of Change
Which is your #ArtofChange?
We’re calling on governments to double their investment in clean water and hygiene as part of the COVID-19 response, because right now three billion people can’t wash their hands with soap and water at home.
This story isn’t new, so we’ve turned to artists for bold, fresh ways to tell it. We had an incredible response to our open call for art throughout July.
Our all-star judging panel have shortlisted 12 pieces of art, from which only one will be presented to world leaders. We’ll be announcing the winner on Global Handwashing Day (15 October), and now we need your vote. Which artwork will motivate world leaders to listen and act? Every vote helps to show that the world wants to see urgent change.
Meet the judges
“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. ”
“Creativity and art are powerful forces for change in the world. 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.”
“The quality and variety of artwork submitted to WaterAid’s competition was impressive. Art of Change seems to have captured the imagination of artists around the world.
“With contemporary art being a great passion of mine, 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 #ArtofChange works
The winning artist will receive
- €2,000 (euros) kindly gifted from a supporter of the arts who would like to remain anonymous,
- A one-to-one mentor session with Aida Muluneh,
- And their artwork will be used to urge world leaders to double their investment in water and hygiene in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
A huge thank you
Thank you to all the artists around the world who responded to our open call for art and who created such beautiful, thought-provoking work to raise awareness of the millions of people facing the COVID-19 pandemic without clean water and soap. You are helping to inspire political change.
Take a look at all the incredible art that was submitted in response to our open brief by clicking on the public gallery once you’ve voted.
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Terms of the competition
The full terms and conditions for entering Art of Change.