Creative Freedom exhibition

  • Open Call
  • UK
  • Open Call
  • UK

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What’s your creative response to the call of wild places? We invite artists/groups from all disciplines and practice to submit work for our first Creative Freedom exhibition.

Enter your artwork

Submit your pieces to the Creative Freedom exhibition and learn more

What is your creative vision?

How does ‘freedom for wild places’ inspire you creatively? Whether you are a writer, photographer, sculptor, podcaster, videographer, pupil, student or outdoor enthusiast, we invite you to submit your creative vision of wild places to be considered for our Creative Freedom exhibition – before the 30 November 2023 deadline.

Why Creative Freedom?

Everyone experiences wild places in different ways; they connect with them and see them in a unique way.

As we celebrate 40 years of caring for wild places, we look to the future and wonder how our connection with wildness will change. We wonder what ‘freedom for wild places‘ means to people from different perspectives.

To celebrate this diversity of creative visions of wild places from those who care most passionately about them, we have the following categories: writing, photography, 2D and 3D artworks, and multimedia creations. There are adult, junior and group categories, and we are encouraging entries in all languages.

See all the information about categories over on the exhibition call page.

Meet our selection panel

panel of six working artists will help select their favourite artworks to feature in our Creative Freedom exhibition. The overall best piece, plus best category and highly commended works, will feature in our Wild Space visitor centre in spring 2024.

Writing category – Polly Pullar, author
Photography category – Andy Howard, nature photographer
2D category – Liz Myhill, landscape and wildlife painter
3D category – Roberta Fulford, artist, sculptor and designer
Multimedia – Stuart Kenny, adventure and nature-based storyteller
Groups – Rebecca Logsdon, artist and educator

Prizes on offer

Our judges will be looking for those artworks that best meet the theme of “freedom for wild places“.

One of the best submissions will receive an artist-in-residence opportunity, working on a project in collaboration with the Trust. The best in each category will receive spot prizes including vouchers to bookstores and supply shops.

These, alongside a range of honourable mentions, will feature in our spring 2024 exhibition in Wild Space visitor centre in Pitlochry, where it will be seen by hundreds of people.

Submission dates

Here are the key dates you should know for the Creative Freedom call:

  • 15 September – Entries open
  • 30 November – Entries close
  • 19 January 2024 – Judging ends
  • 9 February 2024 – Winners announced
  • 16 March 2024 – Private exhibition viewing and public opening

View all the Terms and Conditions of the exhibition on the call site.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the submission call, please email

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