A LLANGEFNI art gallery put a piece of artwork "on strike" in support of a climate change protest.

Oriel Môn removed from the public's view a piece of work by Charles Tunnicliffe entitled Greenland Falcon’ on Friday.

The move came in support of young people taking part in climate strikes around the world. The movement was started by Greta Thunberg in 2018.

The museum selected the popular artwork which is a key part of the exhibition ‘Charles Tunnicliffe and the Royal Academy of Arts.’

It was taken down and replaced with the #ArtStrike message “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”.

#Art Strike is encouraging people to join the thousands which took to the streets on Friday to demand more action from the government on the climate crisis.

It is the first time the museum has removed an artwork and organisers hope it will lead to a spate of similar ‘art strikes’ in museums up and down the UK.

Esther Roberts, Senior Manager at Oriel Môn said: “Oriel Môn wanted to do something to support #ClimateStrike.

"We wanted to communicate that we can’t take things for granted anymore - the planet needs individuals, organisations and governments to make drastic changes.”

Jake Woodier, from the UK Student Climate Network, said: “Tackling the climate crisis has never been as urgent as it is today which is why we’re calling for unprecedented numbers of people to take to the streets.

"It’s essential that our arts and cultural institutions respond to the crisis and utilise their place in society to call for change.

"Art Strike is an innovative idea created by supporters to help spread the message and galvanize the art world.”

One of the organisers of the Art Strike campaign, Ben Templeton, said: “This is meant as a playful way for the art world to remind everyone the climate crisis isn’t going away but the planet might, if we don’t act now.”

Art organisations interested in staging their own strike can download a strike kit from bit.ly/artstriketoolkit.

The public is also invited to stage their own art strikes around the country by printing an Art Strike poster and taking a selfie of themselves obscuring a piece of art.