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03 June 2021

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WWF engages art world for action on climate crisis

  • Renowned artists, including Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor, to sell works to raise funds for WWF
  • Leading art galleries and institutions to back efforts through donations and awareness-raising 
  • New social media campaign #ArtForYourWorld to mobilise art world in the fight against climate change, driven by @artforyourworld Instagram account

As part of its 60th anniversary programme, WWF is joining forces with curatorial practice Artwise to launch Art For Your World, a new movement to engage the art world in raising funds and awareness needed to combat the climate and nature crisis, in a series of actions culminating in November 2021 to coincide with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) taking place in Glasgow.

Art For Your World is a wide call to artists, collectors, galleries, institutions and art lovers to make a meaningful connection between art and the environment, in order to support the groundbreaking fieldwork being carried out by WWF, one of the world’s largest conservation organisations. This new campaign includes a charitable auction at Sotheby’s of several outstanding works of art, the sale of exclusive new prints by three leading contemporary artists and a range of digital activations and partnerships.

The funds raised by Art For Your World will be used to support key areas of WWF’s work that contribute to combatting dangerous climate change, such as: halting deforestation; supporting indigenous communities; restoring trees and forests; replanting seagrass meadows; protecting endangered species; and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Tracey Emin, Jadé Fadojutimi, Anish Kapoor, Vera Lutter, Jessica Rankin, Gavin Turk and Rose Wylie are among the contemporary artists pledging their commitment to the Art For Your World movement by selling works at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction in October 2021, with proceeds donated to WWF. Other acclaimed artists, including Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Heather Phillipson and Bob and Roberta Smith are creating new prints exclusively for the movement, available for sale via the Art For Your World website from September.

The movement will gain further momentum in November, to coincide with COP26, with the #ArtForYourWorld hashtag spreading across social media as galleries, institutions and other partners in the art world champion the cause.

Art galleries will highlight and promote artists and works relevant to environmental issues and share their commitments to climate action, with some also donating portions of their sales to WWF. The growing list of galleries supporting Art for Your World includes: Edel Assanti, Gagosian, Ikon, Ingleby Gallery, Jupiter Artland, Kate MacGarry, The Lightbox, Marianne Boesky, Maureen Paley, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, Royal Society of Sculptors, Thaddaeus Ropac, Thomas Dane Gallery and White Cube. Museums and cultural institutions will also share environment-related content and contribute to the conversation around sustainability and climate change using #ArtForYourWorld on Instagram.

In further support for Art For Your World, organisations including Artist Support Pledge, Contemporary Visual Art Network, Gallery Climate Coalition, Rise Art and W1 Curates will activate their networks in order to spread the word and increase widespread participation in the movement.

Today’s launch of Art for Your World follows the publication of a new report, Feeling the Heat, in which WWF outlines how treasured species – from bluebells and bumblebees here in the UK, to snow leopards and sea turtles further afield – are at risk if we fail to limit the warming of our planet to 1.5°C.

Tanya Steele, CEO at WWF, says:

“When it comes to tackling dangerous climate change, every half a degree of warming matters. The findings from our new report clearly show that every fraction of a degree of additional warming can permanently damage critical ecosystems and lead to the extinction of species across the globe.

“At WWF, we know that the art world is increasingly conscious of the role it can play in saving the planet – our one shared home - whether by reducing carbon emissions or exploring environmental issues through art. The pandemic has created time and space for us to consider a new way forward, and we believe that now is the time to join forces, so both the art world and the art-loving public can respond to the urgency of the climate and nature crisis.”

Susie Allen, Founding Director at Artwise, says:

“For six decades now, WWF has been combatting the climate emergency to save our planet. During this critical and dangerous tipping point, it is essential that we harness the art world’s power to influence, galvanise and make a real difference. Art For Your World has already had tremendous uptake in its inception and we are calling out to many more artists, collectors, galleries, institutions and art lovers everywhere to help us to draw even greater attention to the climate crisis in the coming months.”

Artist Tracey Emin says:

“I passionately care about wildlife and anything that makes people aware of the damage we are doing to this planet, and what we can do to save it is worthwhile.”

Jo Baring, Director and Curator at The Ingram Collection says:

“The last year has galvanised thinking in the art world around the urgency of climate issues and sustainability. Art For Your World is an opportunity to ensure that this discourse doesn’t go to waste and that meaningful change happens. At The Ingram Collection we are grateful to WWF, an organisation which has been working to save our planet for 60 years, for spearheading this vital initiative to bring the art world together at such a crucial time.”

Join the #ArtForYourWorld movement. Visit www.artforyourworld.com and follow @artforyourworld on Instagram.

ENDS

Press images: https://bit.ly/34DKgug 

For further information please contact:

Agnish Ray | Consultant at Pelham Communications

T: +44 (0) 208 969 3959 | E: agnish@pelhamcommunications.com 

Or 

Sarah Brown | Senior PR Manager at WWF

T: +44 (0) 1483 412327 | M: +44 7894 747623 | E: sjbrown@wwf.org.uk  

NOTES TO EDITORS 

A link to WWF’s new report, Feeling the Heat, published on 1 June 2021, can be found here 

About WWF:

WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, active in nearly 100 countries. Our supporters – more than five million of them – are helping us to restore nature and to tackle the main causes of nature’s decline, particularly the food system and climate change. We’re fighting to ensure a world with thriving habitats and species, and to change hearts and minds so it becomes unacceptable to overuse our planet’s resources.   

Find out more about our work, past and present at wwf.org.uk

About Artwise Curators:

Artwise Curators (founded in 1996) is a curatorial collective based in London, run by Susie Allen and Laura Culpan, that specialises in curating and producing public art commissions, museum and gallery exhibitions, and innovative art projects for charities such as CPT, WWF and the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Artwise projects have been exhibited in many inspiring spaces, such as Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; Groninger Museum; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum in London. Artwise was commissioned to curate the international exhibition for the official Pavilion of Azerbaijan at the 56th Venice Biennale. 

Find out more: artwisecurators.com