Each month we have a guest curator who selects some of their favourite pieces from the virtual exhibition to display in their collection.
Collection curated by
Jess Pugh (RSPB Youth Council)
As a child my parents would often take my brother and I out to the Lake District where we would go for walks and often enjoy the abundance of nature there. Overtime, my love for nature has only increased and I often enjoy taking photos or sketching natural objects. It was the close and constant connection to nature as a child that has enabled me to continue to appreciate it now.
Although some people do not live close to areas rich in nature, they can still experience it through artwork. I guess this has been true since people began creating artwork as it was a way to record moments in time so that other people could also enjoy them. Art can reach everyone as all civilisations have developed a form of art to retell stories of ancestors, therefore it is a special way of expressing emotions and memories to other people.
I think the idea of reaching out to more people through the arts is a fantastic way of giving other people the chance to appreciate and connect to nature. Creating artwork enables the artist to express their personal emotions and feelings and at the end they are left with something that represents all the effort they put in to create the artwork. Giving people the chance to explore their own personal connection to nature could help inspire them to enjoy nature more and this inspiration may flow to others through their artwork.
I think that with the development of technology it has reduced the reliance on art to share places and people, however it cannot replace the more personal connection that art creates. I think artists could help reach out to more people as art expresses more than just an image. I think art could help bring nature back into places where people have been cut off from their natural connection. Art could act as a reminder that humans are a part of the natural world and that we do not own the world; we share it.
Collaboration both national and international is vital to help us restore our planet. One person cannot make the changes that the world needs but everyone working together will enable us to change. Humans are relatively weak on their own but are powerful when connected. When people have wanted change, it has only been made possible when people have come together and agreed that change is needed. Martin Luther King Jr. achieved uniting people which then led to change.
About the collection
Personally, I have lots of interests including art and nature. I have always enjoyed creating artwork and I find that drawing or painting a natural scene helps me appreciate the complex and beautiful world that we live in. My adoration of this world is what makes me want to protect it so much hence why I wanted to make somewhat of a difference. As a member of the RSPB youth council, I can start to make the difference I want to see which fills me with lots of hope.
Other curated collections
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