The idea behind our series of biodiversity-themed art competitions is simple: we ask kids & teens to make an artwork showcasing their local biodiversity. Artworks (of any kind – paintings, sculptures, and more!) can depict a single animal or plant, or even feature an entire landscape. In each location, a jury selects ten winning entrants whose artwork will be turned into postcards that can be sent around the globe. Winners are celebrated at an awards ceremony at which the postcards are launched.
Wild Postcard Project
We (co-founders Eileen Diskin & Angela Stevenson) became friends during our PhDs in Trinity College Dublin. We had a tradition of doing artwork in a pub one night a week; it often ended up being biodiversity-themed, like our research – on deep-sea coral reefs (Angela) and flamingos (Eileen). One cold, rainy January evening, perhaps inspired by the beverages we were drinking, we started to brainstorm how to combine our loves of biodiversity and art. And thus, the Wild Postcard Project was born!