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Kirklees Cuckoo – a withNature2020 project

May 22

With Our Biennale, Kirklees Cultures Declares, Kirklees Museums and The Children’s Art School.

On Saturday 22nd May 2021 people from all over the world will create images of endangered animals and plants using clothing donated by local communities. The giant images will be photographed from the sky bringing together a myriad of pictures, from Taiwan to Brazil and from USA to New Zealand.

All the countries involved will be choosing an animal or plant at risk of extinction in their local area. Here in Kirklees, an image of the endangered cuckoo will be created in a field by young artists from The Children’s Art School, Holmfirth.

The 20m x 20m image will be part of the global withNature2020 project by British artist Emma K Thomas, who came up with this idea in response to the extinction crisis. It has been developed by a host of volunteers all over the world and is an official action under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15). Find out more here

Get involved

Local communities and schools can get involved in donating the items of clothing in the colours needed to complete the Kirklees Cuckoo on the ground by choosing one, or many squares, from a picture of the artwork.

Let us know if you’re interested or send any questions about donating clothing to – thechildrensartschool@gmail.com

Draw a cuckoo for an exhibition

You can also take part by sending us children and young people’s drawings of one of the shortlist of five birds at risk in our area: cuckoo, twite, ring ouzel, curlew and yellowhammer. ALL drawings will be exhibited in our Maker World space from May 22nd- May 30th.

Click here for the classroom resource for drawing the cuckoo

Here are some images for inspiration:


Our Biennale
Kirklees Museums
Kirklees Culture Declares
The Children’s Art School


Stirley Community Farm
Huddersfield, + Google Map