Days of Action to Remember Nature

The Whittaker Art Gallery in Rawtenstall, Lancashire on 4th November 2023.

Phil Barton was supported by The Whittaker to develop a Day of Action and has issued a call for local artists and environmentalists to join him in creating one or more art works to Remember Nature. Local artist Steve Brown answered my call and together we visualised and made a 7m long Remember Nature rainbow banner with the hellp of over sixty participants.

Other activities on the day included Helena Kettleborough’s Gaia’s Graveyards workshop, showing of Can I Live? a film by by Complicite, followed by a discussion on climate change and climate justice, vegan food, tours of the British Textile Biennial exhibition and a tree planting in memory of Peter Wilmers, my former colleague, friend and supporter of The Whitaker.

The Banner will be on display outside The Whitaker from 22nd November.

Launceston, Cornwall, 4th November 2021

A successful Day of Action to Remember Nature took place in the Town Square in Launceston, Cornwall on 4th November 2021. It coincided with both COP26 in Glasgow and the exhibition Last Chance Saloon in Terre Verte Gallery on the slopes of Bodmin Moor. You can find out more about the action, in which around 50 artists and members of the public took part here. During the day Phil Barton proclaimed his Remember Nature Manifesto and a group read out a Communiqué to the Human Beings Attending COP26 issued by the Community of Living Beings of La Janda, southern Spain (also in its Spanish version).

The Street, Central Saint Martins, London – 4th November 2019

4th November 2019 was the fourth anniversary of late artist Gustav Metzger announcing the first day of action for artists to Remember Nature in The Street at Central Saint Martin’s College.

To mark the anniversary, Phil Barton asked artist colleagues at the college to take part in a day of action to Remember Nature on that day. Activities as varied as performances, workshops, creative activities and visits by pupils from local Brecknock Primary School and by an Ackroyd and Harvey Joseph Beyus oak took place in The Street.

Islington Mill, Salford – 4th November 2017

In 2017 Barton organised a Greater Manchester Day of Action to Remember Nature in Salford in conjunction with Islington Mill, Manchester School of Art and Salford University art students.

In organising Days of Action to Remember Nature on 4th November, Barton follows the challenge of the late auto-destructive artist, Gustav Metzger, who first issued his worldwide action for Artists to Remember Nature on 4th November 2015 on The Street at Central Saint Martins, London.