Human Nature 2014 was the UK’s first dedicated environmental art show. This year the mixed media exhibition is back – and it’s grown.
Expect to experience the best emerging and cutting-edge environmental art, from photography, painting and sculpture to street art and work created from upcycled materials.
‘Very often we read about the negative things that are happening across the world and are bombarded with horrific headlines’, says Good Shout Studio’s Charlotte Webster, curator of Human Nature. ‘But there’s a lot more resting in between those headlines – and that’s the positive work that people are doing and the hopes that people have for the future.’
Jonesy, Nicola Nemec, Jane Laurie and Lesley Hilling are just some of the extremely talented artists whose work will be exhibited at The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds, 23 April-2 May. ‘Who better, really, to look at the future and how we really connect with the environment – the emotions we feel and what drives us to do things in a better, greener way – than artists?’, Charlotte says. We couldn’t agree more.
Human Nature is supported by Ecology Building Society, the sustainable mortgage provider, Abundance, an ethical investment company and Snow Leopard Vodka, a British vodka company that gives 15% of its profits to snow leopard conservation projects.
Bruce Davis, co-founder of Abundance, said, ‘We need art to do more than just show us a cynical reflection of ourselves and our consumerism. 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.’
Last year, Jane was appointed the official artist in residence for the Sir Bernard Crick Centre, part of the Politics department at Sheffield University.
‘Growing up in Dorset, it was always easy for me get close to Nature’, Jane says. ‘My parents taught me about birds and I would go out to the bluebell woods and sit listening to birdsong, or watch deer grazing from afar. I would often spend hours like this… I want people to look at the animals in my paintings and see them the way I do – vivid, exciting and endlessly fascinating. Always unknowingly changing through evolution and natural selection, fitting into the world which surrounds them, always moving forward, always fighting for survival, just as they have for millennia. I think we can learn a lot from the creatures we share our planet with.’