Francis Upritchard: UnNatural History at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

28 May - 22 August 2021

UnNatural History, curated by art and environmental organisation Invisible Dust explores how artists enable us to learn about nature, ecology, and climate change.


The exhibition of works by international naturalists and artists examines the role of the artist as an intrinsic part of the science of natural history, enabling our modern understanding of ecology, climate change, extinction and the threats to biodiversity. 


The observational skills and techniques of artists, including their speculations, have enabled us to learn about plants and animals in drawings, long before the advancements of technologies such as microscopes and photography. Featuring drawings, paintings, sculpture, installation, lens-based, digital media and new technologies, UnNatural History will connect these valuable collections to the past, present, and future of our relationship to nature through depictions, scientific representations and imagined realities created by artists. 


Artists include Christina Agapakis, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sissel Tolaas / Doug Aitken / Angela Brazil / Gerard Byrne / David Claerbout / Mat Collishaw / Dorothy Cross / Frances Disley / Dubmorphology / John Gerrard / Alex Hartley / Andy Holden / Gözde ─░lkin / Tania Kovats / Michael Landy / Tony Matelli / Wangechi Mutu / Marianne North / Calvin Pang with David Robinson / Raqs Media Collective / Lisa Reihana / Sonya Schönberger / Yinka Shonibare CBE / Sarah Sze / Francis Upritchard / Danh Võ


Photo: Jaron James. Image courtesy Invisible Dust, 2021


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28 May 2021