Northern creatives raise money to preserve Greater Manchester trees and woodlands

13 November 2020

A new design collective set up by Manchester agency, Creative Concern aims to use its creative skills as a force for good, raising money for local charities with City of Trees set to benefit.

This year, the collective called Creatives for Change will be selling artwork produced by 10 Northern design agencies and creatives, around the theme of ‘climate crisis’ to raise money for the City of Trees movement.

As well as featuring designs produced by Creative Concern’s own team, it also features amongst others, artwork by creatives at Music, Instruct, Carbon Creative, Design by Day, and Modern Designers. Each with their own take on the theme, from dystopian visions and end of the world psychedelic messaging, to birds breaking free from cages and vegetarian campaign slogans.

Elizabeth Newell, Head of Design at Creative Concern, was behind setting up the project saying:

“The Creatives for Change collective was born out of a desire to join forces with other creatives and together use our skills for good. By addressing some of the biggest challenges our society faces, we can make a difference in our own small way, whilst at the same time raising money for charity.

“This year we tackle the climate crisis and it’s been incredible to see so many great agencies, designers and illustrators join forces with us and respond with such enthusiasm. It’s really exciting to see our idea coming to life.”

From the launch of the campaign on 12th November, the artwork produced by each agency will be available to buy online from the Creatives for Change website, with all proceeds going to City of Trees.

Carly Razzell, Fundraising Manager at City of Trees said:

“We are thrilled to have been chosen as the charity for this year’s Creatives for Change with the theme of climate. We believe trees could be one of the best solutions to our climate emergency – multifunctional, living tools that help make our urban areas more resilient to challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

“Throughout the month of November we are running ‘Greater Manchester Tree Month’ – celebrating the regions awesome trees and woods and this is another way that people can take action for the environment.”

Elizabeth continued:

“The variety and quality of the artwork that has been produced in response to this has been amazing too. So we’re hoping we’ll be able to raise a significant amount of money for City of Trees, to help to combat the climate crisis in our little corner of the world. Hopefully this is just the start of something!”

The Creatives for Change website goes live today (12th November) with all artwork available to buy.

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