UK’s top Environmental Artists head to Bristol

Street artists to create Europe’s biggest ‘environmental art street’

GAGE_opt Human Nature street art and show at Centrespace, Bristol 17-30 July A group of artists from across the UK are heading to Bristol, Europe’s Green Capital City, with a powerful new perspective on the city’s green ambitions. Human Nature is a celebration of emerging and cutting edge environmental art, an exhibition currently touring the UK and at Centrespace Gallery on Leonard Lane in Bristol from 17 – 30 July.  The show launched in London last year and includes 20 artists from across the country, from street artists to photographers, sculptors and more; bringing 60 pieces of work to the city in the country’s largest showcase of ‘environmental art’. Supported by ethical investment platform, Abundance, it explores our complex relationship with the environment and looks at issues of climate change, extinction and man’s fundamental connection to nature. 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 characterful Ben Wilson and a trail of bronze sculpture questioning our addiction to fossil fuels by secretive artist Jonesy. They are joined by Bristol’s Olli Gillard (Gage) and Jane Laurie together with mosaic artists Karen Francesca and Poland’s Justyna Budzyn. 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. Showcasing The South West’s talent will be Marion Cheung, Helen Jones and Michelle Harvey. A growing body of artists from across the country, also on show will be work from Pete Marsh of Lancashire, Tim Godwin from Hastings and Felicia Charles from Yorkshire. Charlotte Webster, Human Nature founder and curator said: “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.’” Bruce Davis, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance said: “We’re delighted to help bring Human Nature to Bristol, a city leading the way in developing the green economy. If 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.” Human Nature is also being supported by Stanfords of Bristol, Liquitex, Earthborn paints and PQ Magazine. ********** **Human Nature: **An exhibition of visual art exploring our changing relationship with the environment Centrespace Gallery, Leonard Lane, Bristol, BS1 17 – 30 July 11am – 6pm Opening night drinks: Thursday 16 July 6-9pm Free tickets available via Eventbrite   About Human Nature Human Nature wants to create a sustainable future together with artists.  It was established in October 2014 to champion artists who explore our connection to the natural world, enabling us to examine and celebrate our human need for a thriving environment. It’s shows and projects aim to bring people closer to those artists interpreting our complex relationship with the natural environment. A growing collective of 25 artists, it is funded by sustainable and ethical organisations only. On tour throughout 2015 it will be in Leeds, Bristol and London. About Abundance Generation Abundance is helping people to make their money more useful by offering investment in projects that build a better world for us all. Their renewable energy projects go beyond benefitting investors financially. They also contribute to a more sustainable energy mix and generate a return for society by supporting local communities.  So far Abundance has raised over £9 million from over 1,800 investors. Abundance investors have funded over £10 million worth of sustainable, ethical investment that is doing good for people, planet and investors. The platform has seen recognition of its success from both the financial services and green sectors, being awarded a Guardian Sustainable Business Award for Innovation in business in 2014. Abundance was named Social Impact Platform of the Year at the AltFi Awards in September 2014.