Glasgow's young people choose 12 art projects to help save the planet

Glasgow's young people choose 12 art projects to help save the planet

Meet the projects selected from an unprecedented participatory art journey, building on the legacy of COP26. 

Create4Glasgow is a participatory art project which provides Glasgow’s young people with a voice to raise awareness of their priorities for the environment. Working with Glasgow’s artist-in-residence programme, Create4Glasgow aims to inspire young people to become climate activists through art. The project was launched by the Lord Provost on Youth Empowerment Day at COP26 and started with a survey of more than 1,800 young people in Glasgow, which identified three common environmental concerns: air pollution, water pollution and fears around the Earth becoming uninhabitable.

Following the survey, over 800 people engaged with the project, including 248 works of art submitted by young people from Glasgow and 40 local school classes.

In January, 27 shortlisted artworks were shared with local schools to decide on 12 winning projects. The artworks are divided into three categories :

  • Meet the Class : school projects submitted by pupils working in collaboration with their teachers and local artists in residence;
  • Do it for Your City : projects with a local impact and focus;
  • Artists from all around the world : contributions from individuals
    outside of Glasgow

Today, we are delighted to announce the selected projects and artworks, as chosen by 550 pupils from Glasgow Schools.

You can see all the artworks on the Create4Glasgow website
Read the full list of the selected projects at the bottom of this page 

These projects will become the focus of a series of workshops led by Glasgow’s artists-in-residence across the city, as they continue to raise awareness of local climate issues and use the creativity of young people to seek long lasting solutions.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “This is a fantastic partnership project which gives our young people the chance to shine on the climate emergency stage and a perfect COP26 legacy for our great city. The response has been amazing and this just shows how concerned and committed our young people are to make a difference and tackle the issues highlighted during the success event hosted in Glasgow in November.

"Congratulations to every shortlisted winning entry and I personally can’t wait to see the artworks being created and revealed at the end of the process.”

Create4Glasgow is a partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, supported by Bloomberg.

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Selected Projects 

● Clean Drain Campaign
Sunnyside Primary School with artist-in-residence Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich

● Leaves for Life
St Paul’s Youth forum with artist-in-residence Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich

● Castlemilk Food Pantry
Castlemilk Primary with artist-in-residence Deirdre Nelson

● Almost To The Moon
Thornwood Primary’s P6 with with Artist in Residence In the Making

● An air pollution solution
Hollybrook Academy S3a and S3b

● Green News Broadcast
St Anne’s Primary

● Sensory Antarctic Penguins
Langlands Primary

● The Treesitters
St Albert’s P4

● A Children's book about a Lonely Tree
St Conval’s P7

● Carrying the Earth
St Mungo’s Arts and Design Academy

● Our Earth is burning and drowning
St Mungo’s Arts and Design Academy

● Will you let me die?