The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge, 9th November 2020 – Being Human

The Being Human festival, 12th-22nd November, is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

‘Thinking Nature’s Sacred Sites’ is one of the festival events (read all about it here), and this week it’s over to the Being Human team, who challenge you to take creative inspiration from the world around you…

Capture somewhere in nature that feels special to you. It might be somewhere that brings back memories, it might be somewhere you know really well – or it might be somewhere you’ve never been, but would love to go! The Being Human team is interested in what it is that attracts people to certain places or things. From an ancient tree, to a secret garden, to a mountain – how will you capture your favourite places? You could write a poem, a short story or a song, or you could draw, collage or take photographs. You might create a map to your place! It’s up to you…

This challenge is inspired by the artist Monica Sjöö. Monica was inspired to make drawings and paintings of her journeys to ancient sites, like this painting ‘Meeting the Ancestors at Avebury’ © (1993)
If you have more time … 
What is it about the place you’ve chosen that you love? Can you share that story with someone? Can you ask someone what place they would choose?


The artist Monica Sjoo was inspired to make drawings and paintings that captured her visits to ancient sites. When you think about nature, and your special places in nature – what are the colours, shapes, sounds and smells that you’re reminded of?
To share your creations with the team at Being Human, share on social media with #64MillionArtists #BeingHuman2020, or by email.

Find your work appear in our online gallery at – or join our friendly Facebook group!

How else could you share? Could you invite your friends, family or colleagues to get involved?