Pertaining to Things Natural…
Is the largest sculpture exhibition ever held at London’s oldest botanic garden. The exhibition is a collaboration between Art-Happens and Chelsea Physic Garden, and presents monumental sculptural works, ephemeral land art projects and delicate interventions by twenty leading artists. Curated by David Worthington, Pertaining to Things Natural… takes its name from the 17th century definition of ‘physic’ and is a reminder of the Physic Garden’s founding mission as a place for the study of useful plants especially those used in medicines.
The exhibition offers a compelling insight into contemporary creativity inspired by the natural world. Whether or not the works are a specific response to the Garden, the artists’ proposals share the desire to use the exhibition as an opportunity to add to the environmental debate, offering fresh ideas to maintain the momentum of change. The exhibition will also offer a parallel research programme organised by Art Happens and Eden Lab in association with The Eden Project, which sets out to consider opportunities for presenting and dealing with environmental issues through contemporary art. A one day conference, Artistic Strategies for the Environment, will consider ways artists contribute to social and environmental change, assessing existing projects and offering fresh, meaningful ideas.
Platform to artists
By offering this platform to artists, Pertaining to Things Natural... hopes to construct visual and sensory metaphors that reach a wide audience through positive, physical and emotional experiences. As
environmental organisations consider new ways to engage the public in environmental issues affecting the planet, artists are able to make a significant contribution by establishing a strong cultural response to the
challenges of the 21st century.