Living Nature

About Living Nature

Living Nature is a new programme exploring the future of human relationships with nature through a lens of art, science and Indigenous wisdom.

The three-day online event series will take place between the 26th and 28th of October, with the final day being streamed on The British Library Player.

The programme will feature artist presentations, film screenings, talks, discussions, and listening sessions featuring an inspiring group of people from all over the world.

Living Nature is a collaboration between Flourishing Diversity and Invisible Dust in partnership with Synchronicity Earth and the British Library.

Living Nature is sponsored by Aurum Fund Management Ltd.

Booking tickets

Our final day, Thursday 28th October, is being streamed on the British Library Player. You can book tickets for the live-stream online via their website.

The online events taking place on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th October can be booked via Eventbrite using the links below.

Day 3 – Thurs 28th October

Live streamed via The British Library Player

Online events

2pm – 9:30pm BST (UTC +1)

An afternoon and evening of talks, discussions, and music exploring the positive potential of human relationships with nature.

A week before the COP 26 climate change conference, Living Nature will bring together leading artists, scientists and indigenous figures to join the audience in exploring questions such as what can humans learn from the rest of life? What do creativity and diversity bring to a threatened planet? Why is it critical to listen to indigenous voices now?

Ticket holders will receive links to all sessions. Contributors and exact timings are subject to change.

View details and book on the British Library website

Thursday’s programme

2pm – Welcome 

2:05pm – Opening talk from Ati Viviam Villafaña 

3:15pm – Artist Frances Disley in-conversation with Michael Smythe and Adelaide Bannerman

4:30pm – Transitioning to systems that embed nature (panel discussion)

6pm – Break and conversations

7pm – Sheila Watt-Cloutier in conversation

8:30pm –  Indigenous Listening Session with TBC

9:30pm – End

Day 1 Tuesday 26th Oct

What can humans learn from the rest of life? + Living Nature launch

Online event

12:50-2:00pm BST (UTC+1)

Join a panel discussion and Q&A that considers what humans can learn from the rest of life, with a welcome to the Living Nature programme.


Casey Camp-Horinek, a tribal Councilwoman of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, an Emmy award-winning actor and internationally renowned environmental activist.

Simon Starling, a Turner Prize-winning artist whose practice spans a wide variety of media, including film, installation and photography.

Jonathan Baillie, CEO of On the EDGE Conservation and President of the Board of NATURAL STATE. Former Director of Conservation Programmes at the Zoological Society of London.

Swati Thiyagarajan, environmental journalist and filmmaker. Production manager of My Octopus Teacher.

Listening to the Land

Online event

2:30-3:30pm BST (UTC+1)

A sharing of short stories from people whose relationships with nature have been shaped by their experiences of listening to the land and their journeys through it.

Listening Session with Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)

Online event

7:00-8:00pm BST (UTC+1)

Join a Listening Session led by Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), a member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation and a mother, artist and ceremonial leader. 

Artist film and discussion with Natalie Robertson, Alex Monteith, Graeme Atkins

Online event

8:30-9:30pm BST (UTC+1)

An arts-science discussion and film screening with artists Alex Monteith and Natalie Robertson (Ngāti Porou) and conservation ranger Graeme Atkins (Ngāti Porou).

Wednesday 27th Oct

Indigenous Science & The Fitzroy River

Online event

11:00am-12:00pm BST (UTC+1)

A conversation about Aboriginal science, the rights of nature and the unprecedented land grab that threatens Australia’s vast and unspoiled Kimberley region.

We As Nature with Judy Ling Wong

Online event

1:00-2:00pm BST (UTC+1)

A simple yet potent event offering the space to listen, engage and envision possibilities that move towards a flourishing world. Part of Flourishing Diversity’s new “We As Nature” series.

The Longplayer Conversation – Denise Ferreira da Silva and Timothy Morton

Online event

7:30-8:455m BST (UTC+1)

Join this year’s edition of the Long Player Conversations at the British Library with Denise Ferreira da Silva and Timothy Morton as they discuss their engagement with ecology, race and social justice.

The collaboration

Living Nature is a collaboration between Flourishing Diversity and Invisible Dust in partnership with Synchronicity Earth and the British Library.

• Flourishing Diversity is a new organisation that supports a shift towards culture-centred conservation as being a fundamental priority to address climate breakdown and restore biodiversity.

• Invisible Dust has a twelve-year history working with artists and scientists to produce artworks and public programmes about environmental concerns.

• Synchronicity Earth is a conservation charity that works in overlooked and underfunded areas worldwide.

• The British Library are one of our partners for Living Nature and will host the final day of the programme on October 28th.

Invisible Dust is supported by Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England. 

Living Nature is sponsored by Aurum Fund Management Ltd. (“Aurum”)

Aurum is a specialist investment manager founded in 1994. Reflecting the Aurum Group’s focus on climate change and support for the Paris Agreement’s aim of keeping the increase in global average temperatures to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, Aurum is a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. From an investment perspective, Aurum has been a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment since 2013.

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