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Human Nature Bristol
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Artists from across the UK are preparing to head to Bristol, Europe’s Green Capital City, with a powerful new perspective on the city’s green ambitions.
The Human Nature art show, which is currently touring the UK and has recently left Leeds, will be at Centrespace Gallery on Leonard Lane, Bristol, from 17-30 July, 11am-6pm.
Click here to reserve free tickets to the show, or to book your place at the private viewing and drinks reception on 16 July.
In the run-up to the show, some of the UK’s top street artists will be at work revitalising one of Bristol’s city centre streets in an attempt to create the UK’s biggest environmental street art project.
Human Nature’s ‘Our Enchanted Garden’ will see murals of endangered species from ATM, the artist behind At-Bristol’s giant Bee mural, miniature paintings on chewing gum by Ben Wilson and a trail of bronze sculpture questioning our addiction to fossil fuels by secretive artist Jonesy.
These artists are joined by Bristol’s Olli Gillard (Gage) and Jane Laurie, together with mosaic artists Karen Francesca and Poland’s Justyna Budzyn. Full details of the location and project will be released soon.
Human Nature launched in London last year as a celebration of emerging and cutting-edge environmental art. The exhibition brings together 20 artists from across the country – from street artists to photographers, sculptors and more – in the country’s largest platform for ‘environmental art’.
‘It’s great to have our biggest ever collection of artists get together in Bristol. We face huge challenges in how we interact with nature, something the city is leading the way in tackling. But who better to explore our relationship with the world than artists?
‘Human Nature artists question the very essence of our humanity, explore what drives us to connect to our environment and how we’re responding to Nature’s call to adapt to a world of finite resources. We’re determined to leave a positive legacy behind in the city too, which is the reason for our ‘environmental art street’.’
Charlotte Webster, Human Nature founder and curator
Supported by ethical investment platform Abundance, Human Nature explores our complex relationship with the environment and looks at issues of climate change, extinction and man’s fundamental connection to Nature.
‘We’re delighted to help bring Human Nature to Bristol, a city leading the way in developing the green economy. If we want art that is not dependent on oil money for its sponsorship and curation then companies like Abundance need to step up and support artists who challenge the status quo.
‘The show reflects a radical shift which is occurring in our culture and economy. A shift which art should play a leading role . We need art that says something about the world we are wasting and the value that exists in nature which we should all want to ensure is passed on to the next generations.’
Bruce Davis, co-founder and joint managing director of Abundance
In addition to street art, Human Nature will include sculpture from objects lost and found by London’s Lesley Hilling and evocative oils from Northern Ireland’s Nicola Nemec.
Marion Cheung, Helen Jones and Michelle Harvey will represent the south west’s talent, and work from Pete Marsh of Lancashire, Tim Godwin from Hastings and Yorkshire’s Felicia Charles will also be on show.
Human Nature is also being supported by Stanfords of Bristol, Liquitex, Earthborn paints and PQ Magazine.