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Eco-Conscious Exhibitions and Art Shows in the UK

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We love a good art show as much as the next culture vulture, but sometimes we need artists, galleries, and museums to take the lead when it comes to educating audiences on widespread social issues. Connecting visitors to the natural world, endangered species, plastic consumption, and climate change, these are the eco-conscious art exhibitions to see in the UK this year.

Eco-Conscious Exhibitions and Art Shows in the UK

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Installation view of video exhibition

Our Friendly Neighbours

The Korean Cultural Centre UK

This new, free-to-enter exhibition was created in collaboration between the Korean Cultural Centre UK and Art Centre Nabi, and invites three artists – Yiyun Kang, Bang & Lee and Jinjoon Lee – to explore connections between art, technology and the environment in a post-pandemic setting. Expect reflections on the climate crisis, human expansion and the resulting virtual ecologies, with artworks spanning large video projectionsm 3D animations, drawings, paintings and data visualisation.

When: 8 September – 5 November 2022

Image: Installation view of Yiyun Kang’s Finite, 2022. Projection mapping, 2-channel audio, 3 min 30sec. ©Luke Walker

Es Devlin Sculpture at The Tate London

Es Devlin Installation

Tate Modern Garden

An illuminated sculpture by leading artist Es Devlin highlighting the 243 species on London’s priority conservation list – moths, birds, beetles, wildflowers, fish and fungi – will be installed in the Tate Modern garden opposite St Paul’s Cathedral from 16 to 25 September.

Each evening at sunset, an interpretation of Choral Evensong will be sung within the illuminated sculpture by London-based choral groups – rare and unique London voices – combined with the voices of the birds, bats, and insects that also consider London their home.

The sculpture will be placed in the Tate Modern Garden, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, London-based choral groups of the diaspora will perform each evening at sunset within a sliced open scale model of the dome of St Paul’s, teaming with Devlin’s pencil drawings of each of the 243 species, illuminated with projection.

Le Good Society Exhibition

Let’s Live With Less Plastic

Billboards across the UK, and online

To coincide with Plastic Free July, artists have joined forces to create an outdoor exhibition across the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and New York. A project from Le Good Society, a UK-based organisation dedicated to arts and activism, the exhibition features works from Anthony Burrill, Dave Pollot, Shingai, Tom Hodgkinson and Hunto, among others. Standout pieces include a series of illustrations depicting plastic particulates coursing through parts of our bodies, and an apocalyptic beach scene with a handful of people staring into a dried up ocean void of life. Aiming to encourage viewers to reduce their single-use plastic usage, works are being displayed across billboards, as well as through a virtual exhibition. There’s also an online auction, with funds going towards charity partner Oceanic Global.

When: Ongoing

Image: Art by Tom Hodgkinson, Anthony Burrill, Tia Grazette, Paul Davis, Frank Goffey

Seba Calfuqueo, Tray Tray Ko, video, 6’13, 2022, film still, photo by Sebastian Melo

Back to Earth 2022

Serpentine North, The Magazine & Other Locations

The Serpentine Gallery’s new multi-year project invites over 60 leading artists, architects, poets, filmmakers, scientists, thinkers and designers to devise artist-led campaigns, protocols and initiatives responding to the environmental crisis. Titled Back to Earth, the project is ‘a complex web of interconnected research, interventions and activities’. Serpentine Gallery have commissioned multiple campaigns for Back to Earth, with talent including the likes of Maria Thereza Alves, James Bridle, Jane Fonda, Karrabing Film Collective and Vivienne Westwood. The latest instalment will see an exhibition take place at Serpentine North this summer, where artists will present a series of installations exploring our relationship with planet and its various wildlife.

When: Ongoing

Image: Seba Calfuqueo, Tray Tray Ko, video, 6’13, 2022, film still, photo by Sebastian Melo

International Airspace , David Rickard , 2019. Image courtesy of the artist and Copperfield London, Image: Wellcome Collection

In the Air

Wellcome Collection

This Wellcome Collection exhibition is all about our relationship with the air, and what it says about us as a society. From a 1661 pamphlet calling to action against smog, to contemporary protests and artworks against air pollution by artists including Tacita Dean and David Rickard, ‘In the Air’ traces how we breathe is often a locus for societal inequity and climate responsibility.

When: 19 May — 16 October 2022

Image: International Airspace , David Rickard, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist and Copperfield London, Image: Wellcome Collection

Refugee Astronaut III, Yinka Shonibare CBE, 2019

Being Human

The Wellcome Collection

As the title suggests, The Wellcome Collection’s permanent exhibition Being Human is an exploration of what it means to live as a human being in the twenty-first century. The space is divided into four themes: genetics, minds and bodies, infection, and climate breakdown. The final chapter addresses the era of modern climate change, and includes artworks by the likes of Superflex and Yinka Shonibare. A thought-provoking look into the future of society, art, and sustainable art exhibitions.

When: Ongoing

Image: Refugee Astronaut III, Yinka Shonibare CBE, 2019 © Yinka Shonibare CBE. Courtesy of The Wellcome Collection

Featured image: Detail of Unpaved Paradise by Orlanda Broom. Courtesy of the artist and Grove Square Galleries.