Call for entries

Concept submission deadline - 23:59 on 23 November 2018 

Exhale, a bionic chandelier by Julian Melchiorri hanging in the V&A

[Pictured: Julian Melchiorri's Exhale, the world's first living and breathing chandelier utilising novel bionic-leaf technologies, on display at the V&A]

Climate change is a real and complex challenge that requires us all to take urgent action. While research is an indispensable tool to tackle climate change, we also need to consider the moral and ethical implications of our choices. Historically, art has helped us explore difficult issues and has inspired meaningful conversations. By bringing art and science together, we can strengthen our voice and be a strong motivator for action on climate change."

Martin Siegert

Co-director of the Grantham Institute

The Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, together with the Royal College of Art (RCA), are delighted to announce this art competition on the theme of climate change and the environment. Launched as part of the Grantham Institute's 10th Anniversary celebrations, this competition is designed to create a conversation about these issues in a visual way and to kick start collaborations between Imperial College London and students from other universities.

Download: Grantham Art Prize call for entries 2018 (PDF)

The Grantham Art Prize is open to members of Imperial and arts students from all other universities who want to deploy their creativity to motivate change and create meaningful conversations about tackling climate change and the transformations needed in all areas of society from energy to agriculture, from business to everyday life.

If you are interested in finding out more about the competition and potentially starting a collaboration, sign up to our mixer event on 24 October, register here. 

If you have any further questions, email Abbie Stone:


Six concepts will be selected to develop. Those chosen will be informed in December 2018, and awarded £700 to produce their artwork.

22 April 2018

Earth Day and competition launch date

11 July 2018


The Grantham Institute are hosting a networking event to bring together interested parties from the RCA and Imperial. 

24 October 2018


There will be a second mixer event to bring together interested students and members of Imperial.

23 November 2018


Concept submission deadline at 23:59.

December 2018


Six concepts will be selected by the panel to receive the award of £700 and to develop and produce their artwork.

25-26 April 2019


Completed artworks will form an exhibition in the College Main Entrance of the South Kensington Campus at Imperial College London to mark Earth Day 2019.

 July 2019


The artwork will be moved to a gallery space at the RCA and form a standalone exhibition there. The exact date will be announced shortly.

Summary of the table's contents


A jury of artists and climate scientists will judge the concepts and choose six projects to be awarded the Prize. We are pleased to announce the following confirmed judges:


How to apply

The application form can be downloaded here: Grantham Art Prize Application Form 2018.

Completed proposals should be sent to Abbie Stone, Submissions should be in PDF format, hard copies will not be accepted.

Eligibility and conditions

Full terms and conditions can be downloaded here:  Grantham Art Prize T&Cs

The competition is open to members of Imperial and arts students of all other universities. You may enter as groups or as individuals. Collaborations between Imperial and other universities are strongly encouraged and will be looked upon favourably by the judges.

Entrants should consider the size of the exhibition space and the constraints detailed below, and all artwork would need to be accompanied by a short explanation that will also be displayed.

Art cannot hang from the ceiling at Imperial College so all work must be suitable for display on a plinth or a wall, digital works can be displayed on a TV-screen. Performance and sound-based pieces are unfortunately not eligible for this competition.

Acceptable sizes: For ease of transportation and display in the hall all 3D work must be no bigger than 1.5x1.5x1.5m, and 2D work must be no bigger than 1.5x1.5m.

Upon completion of the final works, representatives from Imperial College London and the RCA will perform a final approval process. Each independently reserves the right to refuse to display specific works in their respective institutions and this decision will be at the organisation’s discretion. 

Important documents

Grantham Art Prize call for entries 2018

Grantham Art Prize Application Form 2018

Grantham Art Prize T&Cs


If you want help setting up a collaboration, or have any questions, email Abbie Stone: