The Earth is calling to us. Some of us are listening. What could our planet send us that will help us do what needs to be done to secure a future for human life on Earth?

At What Next, we have imagined messengers from the planet as ‘Earth Sprites.’ We wished for them to emerge with purpose, passion and power from the land, the sea and the sky: Everybird, Elsa, Nolene, Treebeard and Faraday all emerged.

But they need help. Can you imagine an Earth Sprite? Could you create a work of art to represent your Earth Sprite.

We are currently seeking contributions to this year’s What Next Art Exhibition – Earth Sprites Emerging. The exhibition will be on display in the Godalming Museum from Tuesday 14th May until Saturday 8th June.

  • Submit a photograph of your work by Earth Day 2024, Monday the 22nd of April to
  • Paintings, drawings and photographs will need to be ready to hang, please.
  • We will aim to include as many pieces as we can fit into the Museum. There is some space for sculptures inside and out.
  • Deliver your selected piece to the Museum or Library by Saturday the 11th of May.
  • There will be a reception in the Museum on Saturday the 18th of May at 3pm, all welcome.

Some gallery pictures from last year’s exhibition – Our Other Mother:

Viewing Times

Tuesday 14th May to Saturday 8th June: 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Original Our Other Mother Project

Details of the Our Other Mother project can be found at: Our Kids Climate, Parents for Future or Mothers Rise Up!.

The Original Our Other Mother Artists

Anita Bagdi is a freelance illustrator, currently living in Dorset, UK. She is the mother of two amazing girls. Website: Insta: @anitab_art. Twitter: @bagdianita. Facebook:

Benji Davies is an illustrator, author and animation director. He lives in London, UK.  His first self-penned picture book The Storm Whale won the inaugural Oscar’s Book Prize and was Dutch Picture Book Of The Year 2017. His second, Grandad’s Island, won the children’s book category of the AOI World Illustration Awards and has since been adapted for the stage. Website: Benji Davies ( Insta @Benji_Davies. Facebook:

Emily Gravett is an award-winning English author and illustrator of children’s picture books. She has received the Kate Greenaway Medal – recognising the year’s best-illustrated British children’s book – twice for Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. Other books include Meerkat Mail, Tidy and Too Much Stuff. Insta: Emily Gravett (@emily_gravett) • Instagram photos and videos. Facebook:

Gabrielle Reith is an illustrator and artist based in Scotland. Insta: Gabrielle Reith (@small_stories_scotland) • Instagram photos and videos Twitter @gabiReith

Guy Parker-Rees is the illustrator of international best seller Giraffes Can’t Dance and many other children’s books. He lives in Brighton UK, with his wife and three children. Website: Insta: @guyparkerrees. Twitter: @GuyParker_Rees Facebook:

Jim Field is an award-winning British illustrator of children’s books. He grew up in Farnborough, worked in London and now lives in France with his wife and young daughter. His first picture book, ‘Cats Ahoy’ written by Peter Bently won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011. Since then he has won multiple awards including Oscar’s Book Prize, Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards and the Lollies Book Award. He is perhaps best known for drawing frogs on logs in the bestselling picture book ‘Oi Frog! Website: Insta: @_JimField. Twitter  @_JimField

Mark Chambers is a British illustrator and author of children’s picture books and young fiction. Mark was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2013 and won the Sheffield Children’s Picture Book Prize in the same year. Mark A Chambers Illustration. Insta: markAchambers, @markAchambers. Facebook:

Rebecca Cobb is an award-winning British children’s book illustrator. She collaborated with author Julia Donaldson on The Paper Dolls, and writes and illustrates the Aunt Amelia series. Website: Rebecca Cobb Illustration. Insta: @rebecca_a_cobb, Twitter: @rebecca_cobb

Rob Biddulph is a bestselling and multi award-winning British author/illustrator. In March 2020 he started #DrawWithRob, a series of twice-weekly draw-along videos designed to help parents whose children were forced to stay home from school due to the coronavirus pandemic. It proved immensely popular, garnering millions of views and international media coverage. Website: Rob Biddulph. Insta:  @rbiddulph. Twitter: @RobBiddulph. Facebook:

Irene Silvino is an  illustrator and surface pattern designer based in London. She was born and grew up in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. She is the founder of Editartz (, an online creative community of illustrators from around the world. Website: Insta: @irenesilvinodesign. Facebook: