London street artists turn city waste to wonder with mini chewing gum paintings, paint murals of endangered birds and hide miniature sculpture across city
‘Human Nature’ artist collective visits Leeds to highlight importance of the environment with show at The Gallery at Munro House
Street Artist ATM’s 8ft Green Woodpecker will nest at The Gallery at Munro House 23 April – 2 May
A group of artists from London and Yorkshire are in Leeds next week to encourage the city to question its relationship with the environment. Part of UK touring ‘Human Nature’, some of London’s best street artists will be at work bringing thought provoking painting, sculpture and colour to the streets of Leeds. There will be murals of endangered birds from ATM, miniature paintings on chewing gum by characterful Ben Wilson and a hidden trail of bronze sculpture questioning our addiction to fossil fuels by secretive artist Jonesy.
Human Nature Show is a celebration of emerging and cutting edge environmental art, an exhibition showing at The Gallery at Munro House from 23 April – 2 May. Featuring 50 works from 15 artists, it explores our complex relationship with the environment in a time of increasing pressure to reduce our impact on the world. It looks at issues of climate change, extinction and man’s fundamental connection to nature.
The exhibition and artists are supported by leading renewable energy crowd funders, Abundance. Launched in London last year, this new mixed medium exhibition showcases photography; artworks made from salvaged materials; paintings; sculpture and street art.
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 Yorkshire’s talent will be Anna Lilleengen and Felicia Charles, joined by Matt Forster the landscape painter from Northumbria.
Charlotte Webster, Human Nature founder and curator said:
“We face huge challenges in how we interact with nature, and who better to explore our relationship with the world than artists. Our 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.”
Bruce Davis, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Abundance said:
“We’re delighted to help bring Human Nature to Leeds. Whilst oil companies currently fund many of our biggest art institutions, the social and financial organisations of tomorrow can help the arts thrive in a modern, democratic way. The show reflects a radical shift which is occurring in our culture and economy. 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.”
Ellie Andrews of The Gallery at Munro House said:
“We’re excited about the opportunity to host a show whose message and ethos is demonstrated so cleverly by this diverse group of talented artists. We’re confident that this show will encourage people to think again about how they interact with nature and their environment.”
Human Nature is also being supported by and Yorkshire based Ecology Building Society, Liquitex, Earthborn paints and PQ Magazine.
Human Nature: An exhibition of visual art exploring our changing relationship with the environment
The Gallery at Munro House, Duke St, Leeds, LS9 8AG
23 April – 2 May 2015
Private view drinks: Thursday 23 April 6-9pm