Channel your love for the environment through art!
Each year we open the invitation to children and schools, to respond to our annual
Eye on Nature theme, through visual arts.
Kindergarten, primary and intermediate age students are supported to learn in-depth on the theme and are rewarded with a professional exhibition at Auckland Botanic Gardens Gallery Space. The programme is driven by interactive learning outcomes and offers over $2,500 in total prize money.
The theme for 2021 is:
Mai nga maunga ki te moana, ko te wai te oranga. From the mountains to the sea, Water is Life
Eye on Nature encourages tamariki to instigate more sustainable solutions everyday, everywhere. Through Creative Arts, students are encouraged to think holistically about their project. They not only have to align their creation with the theme contextually; they are also asked to consider the materials they use, whether they can reuse or repurpose resources or if what they’re using is harmful to the environment. Research of the theme and how a student’s artwork relates to the theme is also heavily weighted by the judges, to encourage further environmental investigation.
Save the dates for the 2021 competition!
Entries due: 31 March
Exhibition Grand Opening and Prize Giving: 17 April
Exhibition closes: 26 April
To be advised. If you'd like to be considered as a judge, please get in touch!
Judging Criteria 2021
'Water is Life' can be an overwhelming and broad theme, please feel free to look into these four focus topics as a starting point for beginning research. These topics align with the messages from the Eye on Nature School Day learning experiences.
Hiwi the Kiwi - These inquiry quests explore marine life, its conservation plus all aspects of the sea world including water safety, fishing, careers, kai moana etc.
Whitebait Connection Resources - Resources connected to storm water pollution and water quality.
Humans and the Water Cycle - Information on how a number of human activities can impact on the water cycle: damming rivers for hydroelectricity, using water for farming, deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels.
Watercare Education Programme - Resources covering water, wastewater and the local environment.
Brave Blue World - A documentary on water conservation.
Riparian Planting Education - Why we plant waterways.