We connect children to the environment with interactive ‘LIVE’ art adventures. Our World Gallery, of their art, highlights what we all stand to lose

  • “I like how your paintings are so colourful, unique and important because I think in the future your art will be one of the things that teaches people about these places that may not exist anymore.” 

    Sophie MacGray
    Year 5 pupil at Hinchley Wood Primary School
  • “Your art and projects are a great inspiration for young people to look after our environment through art.”

    Daisy Cooke
    Year 5 pupil at Hinchley Wood Primary School
  • “Our lovely year 8’s have been very busy researching, designing and painting for the online World Gallery exhibition. I’ve attached some of their pieces of work in progress and the final paintings. This has been a fantastic opportunity for our year 8 learners to take part in a global exhibition. Showcasing how powerful creativity can be in highlighting the dangers our planet faces every day by our own actions. Creativity, global community, pride, compassion and education, this project has it all!”

    Lorna Philcock
    Great Sankey High School
  • “It’s incredible how creativity can send a powerful, important message.”

    Natasha
    Great Sankey High School
  • “I love that this project gives our generation the opportunity to educate ourselves about the world and how we can stop global warming and raise awareness.”

    Bex
    Great Sankey High School
  • “You’ve made me realise the importance of changing young minds to know how to save the rainforest.”

    Imogen
    Great Sankey High School
  • “This project is a great way to spread awareness of the impacts of global warming, while showing the beauty of the rainforest through Art.”

    Megan
    Great Sankey High School

'Travel', Learn, Paint & Exhibit with Artist John Dyer Let the power of creativity connect your children to the world
Over 270 schools in 29 countries are now involved

“We are investing in our future by creating deep bonds between children and the environment and igniting a passion for creativity and sustainability through storytelling and art.”

John Dyer Artist & Founder of Last Chance to Paint

John Dyer is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists.

John Dyer’s work is known all over the world through his paintings, art prints, posters, exhibitions and many art residencies with organisations, environmental groups and celebrities. He paints the essence of a subject, the space between what we see and what we feel, and celebrates the song of life.

His work hangs in the UK’s national art collection.

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Completed Expedition Adventure Chapters Inspire your children by getting them to follow an existing adventure

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"Spirit of the Rainforest"
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"Person of the Forest"
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We plan to be 'LIVE' from Kenya in Africa in 2021

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‘Travel’

Children and Schools are invited to ‘travel’ with the Eden Project’s artist in residence, John Dyer and musician Martha-Lilly Dyer. We are exploring endangered plants, peoples, places and animals using visual art and music to connect children to these subjects in memorable ways so they become aware of what we stand to lose.

Join our next expedition in 2021 with LastChance.LIVE

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Ask Questions

Using the internet and satellite links your children can ask questions during the expeditions.

Send us questions ‘LIVE’ via satellite

Create & Exhibit

Art is a universal language that can connect people and creates a reflective space for questioning and learning. We want children to not only ‘travel’ with us but to create their own piece of art inspired by our journeys to be exhibited in the WorldGallery.online alongside John Dyer’s art and art created by indigenous children from around the world.

The reflective space created whilst making a piece of art is the moment children will bond to the subject, learn & care

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Downloadable teaching resources (easily adaptable to different age groups but written for KS2) are available for each existing chapter. ‘Last Chance to Paint’ is FREE for schools and home educators to take part in. Join in with over 230 schools from all over the world who are taking part and run our existing expedition projects today.

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“Inspirational, I have never had a class so inspired to create art and to do something to help to protect the environment.”

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Chapter 1
‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ with the Amazon Yawanawá Tribe is now available for your class to study and be inspired by

  • FREE Teaching Resources from TES.com
  • Read our daily ‘Live’ blog to your class
  • Watch our 5min daily videos sent via satellite
  • Your children can ask our team questions
  • Be inspired as John Dyer paints
  • Exhibit the children’s art inspired by this chapter on the WorldGallery.com
  • Be part of our amazing Art Awards

“This project delivers the Amazon rainforest directly into your classroom”

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Chapter 2
‘Person of the Forest’ with the Penan Tribe & Orangutans in Borneo is now available for your class to study and be inspired by

  • FREE Teaching Resources from TES.com
  • Read our daily ‘Live’ blog to your class
  • Watch our 5min daily videos sent via satellite
  • Your children can ask our team questions
  • Be inspired as John Dyer paints
  • Exhibit the children’s art inspired by this chapter on the WorldGallery.com
  • Be part of our amazing Art Awards

“Take inspiration from this extraordinary project”

The Eden Project

BE OUR NEXT SPONSORSHIP HERO Headline sponsorship provides amazing content for your audience & allows us to run our projects

  • “Procreate was proud to sponsor Last Chance to Paint for Spirit of the Rainforest. Working with John was a delight and seeing the work created out of the amazon on Procreate and hearing the stories to go along with each piece was really special for us and compelling for our online community.”

    Savage Interactive
  • “Innova Art was delighted to sponsor Last Chance to Paint: Person of the Forest. Experiencing John’s passion for the project and seeing the chapter come to life online was truly inspiring. Showing prints of paintings and photos from Borneo at trade events has also instigated some very interesting conversations.”

    Innova Art Ltd
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Planned for 2021
Chapter 3
‘Precious Africa’ 

We are working hard on our plans to travel to Kenya in 2021 (Covid-19 allowing) and have some initial information available now for you. Sign up now so your school can be with us on our adventure and follow and interact via satellite ‘LIVE’ in 2021 from Kenya in Africa.

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“John Dyer is doing absolutely fantastic work. Not just in awareness, but I really like his paintings and how he is making art and sustainability a joint activity which can unite people.”

Dr. Heleen de Coninck, Radboud University and co-author of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Last Chance to Paint is all about earth and us

We all know that our planet is in trouble. Species are becoming extinct, the coral is dying, the oceans are full of plastic and the forests (the lungs of the planet) are being destroyed and tribal people, the best and original ‘conservationists’ with the best nature knowledge are being displaced from their lands – so what can we do about it?

We can give up using our plastic straws and, perhaps use a reusable coffee cup instead of accepting a disposable one; but, will that make enough of a difference? John believes that the solution will rely on the next generation – their children and (hopefully, one day) their grandchildren. For the children of the world to solve the crisis, they need to understand what is going on – not just at a conceptual level but at a deep and personal level that may encourage the future CEOs and business leaders to think carefully about the decisions they will make.

John’s art is inspiring and uplifting and has the potential to make real and lasting connections between environmental issues and students if we encourage those students to really start thinking about the problems, allow them to ask questions and to research and connect to the world. Once the next generation is connected with the issues and start to continue that journey of exploration themselves we can really start to solve the current problems as they will be empowered and motivated to do so.

The IPCC issued their ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’ in 2018 and it gave us 12 years to limit the damage of climate change and to hopefully stop a catastrophe. That is now in only 10 years, 2 months and 1 day. We can do it, but we need to build real connections and reasons into individual’s lives to empower them to make smart and informed choices so they tread gently on the planet and it needs to start today.

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The art project opening pupils’ eyes to climate change

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The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world exploring how we can work towards a better future. Eden was built as a symbol of optimism showing what can be done when people work together and with nature and shares stories of hope to inspire people to get involved in tackling some of today’s environmental challenges.

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Established in 1984, Born Free opposes the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaigns to Keep Wildlife in the Wild. Promoting Compassionate Conservation, Born Free also aims to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs, and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals – for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world.

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  • “What I particularly like about artist John Dyer is that he takes very serious subjects and handles them with a lightness of touch which makes people not feel they are being preached at or made to feel as if they are guilty as sin or that we are necessarily going to hell in a handcart today, but there is always a slight warning that it might happen tomorrow.”

    Sir Tim Smit, KBE.
    Co-founder of the Eden Project, Executive Vice Chair of Eden Project Ltd and Executive Chairman of Eden Project International Ltd.
  • “John is an artist who reaches the parts that many other artists cannot.”

    Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, DL.
  • “John’s brave use of colour and broad truthful brushstrokes make a direct hit on the retina.”

    Toyah Willcox
  • “Wonder with a message.”

    Dea Birkett
    Founder of Kids in Museums, journalist and writer
  • “John’s pictures are all about diversity and bringing out what might pass unseen.”

    Carlotte Lusty
    Global Crop Trust
  • “I have always had immense respect for anyone who chooses to take time to interpret our world for us through painting, and feel especially privileged to have hosted such an inspired artist.”

    Kim Wilde
  • “John’s Spirit of the Rainforest paintings introduced us to a new genre of art.”

    Robin Hanbury-Tenison, FRGS, OBE
  • “John’s paintings can connect the children to the rainforest. The children are the future.”

    Nixiwaka Yawanawá
    Amazon Indian from the Yawanawá tribe in Brazil
  • “The natural world is in danger and climate change is a real threat. Let’s take this last chance to change direction and harness the fun and engagement of art, dovetail it with science, and inspire our children to do better than we have done.”

    John Dyer, FRGS
    Artist in residence for the Eden Project
  • “We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the destruction of life on the planet. It is, perhaps, our duty to equip the next generation with both the tools and the motivation to be able to make a real difference”

    Dr David Ashe
    Learning Scientist and Research fellow - University of Sydney, Australia
  • “John Dyer is doing absolutely fantastic work. Not just in awareness, but I really like his paintings and how he is making art and sustainability a joint activity which can unite people.”

    Dr. Heleen de Coninck
    Radboud University and co-author of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • “Procreate was proud to sponsor Last Chance to Paint for Spirit of the Rainforest. Working with John was a delight and seeing the work created out of the amazon on Procreate and hearing the stories to go along with each piece was really special for us and compelling for our online community. We believe the work John is doing to raise awareness about our environment and the climate with the next generation through art is an engaging and thought-provoking way to learn about the issues we face. His passion for the project is clear and we’re excited to see where it leads in future iterations of Last Chance to Paint.” 

    Georgie Holt
    Social Media & Artist Liaison
    Savage Interactive - Procreate

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