Wittenham Clumps, a source of creative inspiration for centuries, is set to ignite the passion of artists once again with the announcement by environmental charity Earth Trust of an exciting new Artist in Residence programme.
Earth Trust is committed to championing access to and engagement with natural green spaces, and is celebrating the role art can play in deepening our understanding of and connection to the natural world. The initiative aims to harness the transformative power of artistic expression to inspire people to address climate change, biodiversity and wellbeing through meaningful interactions with nature.
Renowned artists such as Paul Nash have long drawn inspiration from the beauty of Wittenham Clumps, producing a diverse range of artworks that reflect their experiences of this historic landscape.
"We’re aiming to ignite a sense of appreciation and understanding of the environment through art," said Anna Wilson, Head of Experience & Engagement at Earth Trust. "We are excited to be welcoming a new artist who will interact with visitors and create works inspired by our mission and the green spaces of the Wittenham Clumps."
Earth Trust’s Artist in Residence programme recognises art's ability to forge renewed bonds between people and the planet, harnessing creativity and wonder to inspire us to build a future where both can flourish.
Once in place, the artist will engage visitors through open studios, talks and interactive activities, lead public workshops inviting participation in the creative process and produce a substantial artwork as a lasting legacy to inspire reflection.
Calling all artists
Artists working in any medium or style are invited to respond to the brief, and Earth Trust welcomes applications from artists at all stages of their artistic careers. The charity is particularly keen to hear from artists who champion inclusivity and appeal to diverse audiences.
Earth Trust is hosting an open morning event on Monday 13th November where interested artists can tour Earth Trust’s stunning green spaces and learn more about the residency
For more details, including the full contract brief, please visit earthtrust.org.uk/artist-in-residence/. Applications close on Sunday 19th November.
“Art has a unique power to connect people with nature. By capturing nature's magnificence and intricate balance, art can open our eyes to the natural world around us. It builds understanding of our integral role within the web of life. And it brings people together to take steps, both big and small, to heal our world.” Anna comments.
"We’re thrilled to catalyse change on critical issues through art, nature and inspiration; join us on this journey as we ignite passion for people and planet!"