Disappearing Nature: Artists supporting Life on Earth
Video of artists Marcus Coates, Alice Shirley and Curator Alice Sharp talking about Disappearing Nature
Invisible Dust collaborated with conservation charity Synchronicity Earth on a number of events in 2014 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the IUCN Red List of endangered species worldwide. This included curating an exhibition in Duke St, London in April and an auction at a Biophilia Ball.
‘Disappearing Nature: Artists Supporting Life on Earth’ was curated by Alice Sharp, Invisible Dust founder and director and Monica Chung, fine art consultant. Over £100,000 was raised through works donated by leading contemporary artists and wildlife photographers, supporting conservation and held at the Natural History Museum on 22nd November. Artist Alice Shirley created beautiful hand painted masks for each of the Ball guests with an endangered species from the Red List on each.
Thanks to the artists:
Ulrike Arnold, Zana Briski, Gordon Cheung, Adam Chodzko, Marcus Coates, Dorothy Cross, Susan Derges, Andy Goldsworthy, Leila Golestaneh, George Grubb, Dan Holdsworth, Mattias Klum, Tania Kovats, Dylan Lewis, Maya Lin, Louis Masai, Kate McGwire, Robin Moore, Alice Shirley and Rose Wylie, Clare Shenstone.
Each art piece was connected through the artists insights into nature and its relationship with humankind. The auction was an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of this vital, yet under-funded, tool for protecting biodiversity and guiding conservation action.
‘Artists are free to look at the world from a different perspective, translating what they see, how they feel and what concerns them into images; they are conduits enabling others to emote and hopefully, think. Our world has become a very complex system and the natural world is bearing the brunt of that complexity. I believe that artists can help us untangle those complexities, propelling us forward into action, in defence of nature.’ – Jessica Sweiden, Founding Trustee, Synchronicity Earth
‘The event was spectacular and moving, with speeches from Simon Stuart IUCN and Jessica Sweidan Founder of Synchronicity Earth, performances and music presented by Bozas International.’ Alice Sharp, Director and Curator, Invisible Dust.
In celebration of 50 years of The IUCN Red List Synchronicity Earth created activities for all generations, uniting participants in a celebration of life on Earth:
Paw Prints aimed to allow young people to discover the story of the many feet that walk upon our Earth. This week-long project cultivated the growth of an international network of ecology catalysts who facilitated adventures for children and young people, connecting them to the local, national and global stories of species using art, science and nature awareness.
Your Century! 21st November, Royal Geographical Society, offered a truly inspirational event for 13-18 year olds featuring environmental luminaries, explorers, spoken word performers, applied theatre artists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs and more. Your Century! gave participants the confidence to imagine and create a different world to the one they stand to inherit if we continue as we are… it was just the start of a journey…
Street Art! artist Louis Masai produced an array of images on walls around London concentrating on UK endangered and invasive species. Images in the Guardian.
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