On View 18th March-19th April.

Open to ticket holders of Edward Burtynsky: Extraction / Abstraction only

Local children have been inspired by ‘Neighbourhood Nature’ as part of Cadogan’s Chelsea Young Artists Competition, which encouraged children to take a closer look at the flora and fauna found in the gardens, parks and green spaces of Chelsea.

The Chelsea Young Artists Competition provided children with the opportunity to spend time rediscovering local wildlife. Organised by Cadogan, the ‘Neighbourhood Nature’ theme encouraged children to take a closer look at the flora and fauna found in the gardens, parks and green spaces of Chelsea.

The winning artworks have been on display in the top floor restaurant of Peter Jones, and now all winning and highly commended entries will be displayed in the Learning Room at Saatchi Gallery from 18th March-19th April.

The competition was designed to encourage children to connect with the natural spaces and the surprising amount of biodiversity to be found in our urban environment – making the most of the positive link between time spent in nature and improved mental health.

Participating school children were encouraged to visit two recently rewilded pocket forests on Pont Street and Chelsea Square, as well as other local green spaces, creating artwork inspired by their experience. The spectacular results were grouped by age into five categories, with the entries assessed by a panel of expert judges from Cadgoan, Saatchi, Pater Jones and SUGi.

Almost every young artist who entered the competition took a different approach, from delicate pencil sketches to bold, abstract collages. Prowling foxes, delicate root systems, leafy trees and parks at midnight… each student found something new to inspire their artwork.

Mrs Kathryn Gutteridge, Art Teacher at Hill House International Junior School: “The art competition was an excellent way of linking the children in [with rewilding sites] emotionally, and appreciating nature in our neighbourhood area. It was also a real stimulus to our art programme.”

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