The driver for Phil Barton’s practice is the sixth great extinction ushering in the Anthroprocene Era crystalised by Gustav Metzger’s 2015 Worldwide Call for Action to Remember Nature.  This forms the basis for his final major project on for his MA in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London which he will complete in June 2020.  

Usually based in Rusholme, Manchester, jointly with, and inspired by, his life partner Helena Kettleborough, Phil has established the Centre for Connected Practice  and initiated Creative Rusholme.

Phil’s practice is rooted in a lifelong commitment to working with the natural and built environment by brining together communities and organisations from all walks of life to take practical action.  Using print, lens-based media, installation and scientific evidence, he works to foreground the assault both on our natural life support systems – trees, climate, ecosystems – and on the other-than-human who share this precious planet with us.

 He builds his creative practice on a 35 year career as a social entrepreneur in local environmental regeneration during which he established and built a number of not for profit organisations including Keep Britain Tidy, Groundwork, the Mersey Basin Trust, the National Centre for Business and Ecology and the Community Technical Aid Centre in Manchester.

Phil is currently based in North London. You can contact him by e-mail at:

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