Art of Change

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Voting opens:
Tuesday 11 August
Voting closes:
Saturday 10 October

Which is your #ArtofChange?

Artists have the power to inspire change - and now we need your voice and your vote to help pick a winner. Every vote shows that the world wants to see leaders double their investment in water and hygiene to tackle COVID-19.

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 shortlisted 12 pieces of art, from which only one will be presented to world leaders. Thank you to every who voted to show world leaders the world wants to see urgent change.

See who won Art of Change

Meet the judges

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.

“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. ”

Aida Muluneh shooting her Water Life for WaterAid collection in Ethiopia
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).
WaterAid/Neil Wissink

“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.”

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.
Actor, art fan and judge of Art of Change Russell Tovey
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.
Jason Dimmock

“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.

We need as many votes as possible for world leaders to listen - so make sure to share the competition after you've voted!

The full terms and conditions for entering Art of Change.