Dear Nature Launch at Nottingham Contemporary – Tuesday 5th March 2019


After the exhibition Ecologies of Value, in 2013, artist John Newling returns to Nottingham Contemporary to launch his new book Dear Nature. In 2018, the artist spent 81 consecutive days writing letters to nature. Part truth and reconciliation, part advocacy of an urgent need, part thoughts for future social ecologies, the letters convey the artist’s long-standing reflection on where planet Earth stands today. In parallel to the letters, the book shows the growth of a flax plant cultivated in the artist's studio over 81 days.

Join the artist for a live reading and discussion through the history of agriculture, economics, religion, and capitalism to the present day.

There will be a live reading of letters selected by members of the local community that in some way are working with sustainability and nature. The reading will be followed by Sarah Shalgosky, curator of the Mead Gallery and Warwick Arts Centre.

John Newling will be signing books after the interview and the books will be available at a special price. There will be local, sustainable snacks and drinks provided by Ottar and Small Food Bakery.

Dear Nature, is published by Nottingham-based contemporary art publisher Beam Editions.

Free. Booking recommended.

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