BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 10 March '15

THE ENVIRONMENTAL ART SHOW IS BACK

Following a fantastic launch last October, the UK’s first dedicated platform for environmental art is back – with three shows planned for 2015.

Exhibitions will take place in Leeds (April), Bristol (July) and London (October).

Human Nature champions artists who are exploring our connection to the natural world and our complex relationship with the environment. Through projects that challenge and inspire, visitors will be brought closer to the artists and their vision for a sustainable future.

A growing clan

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed sculpture, photography, painting and street art on Human Nature’s opening night last year – all washed down with Snow Leopard Vodka cocktails.

As the Human Nature clan of artists grows, you can expect to see even more incredible work that explores the importance of our connection to the natural world.

Munro House, Leeds

Human Nature will be at The Gallery at Munro House in Leeds from 23 April-2 May, with a private view on 23 April.

Artists showing in Leeds include ATM, Ben Wilson, Jonesy, Nicola Nemec, Lesley Hilling, Gordon Glyn-Jones, MJ Forster and Felicia Charles. Jane Laurie and Anna Lilleengen (see below) are among the new artists joining Human Nature this year.

If you’re in the South West, Human Nature will be at Bristol’s Centrespace Gallery from 16-30 July.

Anna Lilleengen

Anna Lilleengen is a fine art photographer who uses an antique large format camera to create haunting images that evoke fairytale and myth.

Using a hand-crafted approach, Anna cuts her negatives from 8’x10’ photographic paper and feeds them into the original wooden plates of the camera. Fixing the focus via hand-turned bellows onto a sheet of frosted glass, the image is captured simply by removing and replacing the lens cap for the required amount of time – anything from a fraction of a second to a couple of minutes.

Anna’s images, which are processed in a temporary studio in the forest, are then hand-developed using traditional darkroom techniques. All of her images are contact printed from the large format negative plates to create photographs that are crystal clear with jewel-like sharpness.

Jane Laurie

Jane Laurie is a British designer, fine artist and illustrator. Jane’s vibrant and playful depictions of endangered animals encourage us to consider more deeply the magic of the animal kingdom around us.

After graduating with a degree in illustration from Falmouth College of Arts in 2007, Jane now works predominantly as a wildlife artist. She is a keen naturalist and spends much time observing animals and learning about the natural world and science.

A versatile designer, Jane has illustrated magazines, designed packaging and posters and created murals and visuals for the V&A Museum, Google and world-touring West End dance shows.

In 2014 Jane was appointed the official Artist in Residence for the Sir Bernard Crick Centre, in the politics department at Sheffield University.

For private view requests, email charlotte@goodshoutstudio.com. More information about Human Nature can be found here.