Phil Barton cutting a wood block
Phil Barton at work (picture: Louise Crawford)

The driver for my practice is the sixth great extinction ushering in the Anthroprocene Era crystalised by Gustav Metzger’s 2015 Worldwide Call for Action to Remember Nature.  You can see research paper submitted for my Masters here: Phil Barton’s Submitted Research Paper which explored the development of eco art which is interactive with nature and place on the one hand and the public and communities on the other.

Based in Rusholme, Manchester, jointly with, and inspired by, my life partner Helena Kettleborough, and academic at MMU School of Management, I have established the Centre for Connected Practice  and initiated Creative Rusholme.

My practice as an Eco Artist is rooted in a lifelong commitment to working with the natural and built environment by bringing together communities and organisations from all walks of life to take practical action.  Often working in particular places and incorporating material from those places in my work,  I use print, lens-based media, installation, scientific evidence and appropriate techniques 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.

Model for Phil Barton's practice aiming to integrate action and understanding, nature and society, poetry and politics underpinned by ecological and humanitarian values to build a better world.
Conceptual Model for Phil Barton’s artictic practice

I build my creative practice on a 35 year career as a social entrepreneur in local environmental regeneration during which I established and built a number of not for profit organisations including Keep Britain Tidy, Groundwork, the Mersey Basin Trust as part of the 25 year regional Mersey Basin Campaign, the National Centre for Business and Ecology and the Community Technical Aid Centre in Manchester.

Read Phil’s Remember Nature Manifesto. He has proclaimed it at Launceston Town Square, Cornwall (4th November 2021), The Street, Central Saint Martins (4th November 2019) and Islington Mill, Salford (4th November 2017).

Remember Nature Manifesto
The seal Phil Barton now uses to sign his artwork
Phil Barton’s Seal is made up of the Chinese ‘zhōng’ character and the Greek capital phi

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