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Fighting extinction with leading artist Gustav Metzger

UCA is joining the fight to ward off extinction by taking part in a day of action alongside artists and art schools from around the world. Led by artist and political activist Gustav Metzger, the Remember Nature project will be a collective work of art that awakens people to the richness and complexity of nature, and to the reasons why this is important. The day of action will take place on 4 November and some of our students will be challenged to join Metzger’s campaign by creating work that addresses global issues such as extinction, climate change and environmental pollution. Some of the work created by our students will form a curated exhibition in the Linear Gallery at our Farnham campus and other pieces will be uploaded to the Remember Nature blog, which can be found here.

Remember Nature involves a wide team of partners including our Fine Art lecturer Andrea Gregson, artist Jo Joelson, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alex Thorp from the Serpentine Gallery, London, and Alex Shady from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design – where the event will be launched on 4 November. Also, the acclaimed French fashion designer Agnes B. will be producing a poster, designed by Metzger in collaboration with London Fieldworks, to spread the message worldwide.

As Metzger explains: “This appeal is for the widest possible participation from the world of the arts. It is our privilege and our duty to be at the forefront of the struggle. There is no choice but follow the path of ethics into aesthetics. We live in societies suffocating in waste."

Fine Art lecturer Andrea Gregson says: “Gustav Metzger’s call to the art world to collaborate in exposing one of the biggest issues of our age – the destruction of nature – is the kind of large scale project that art and design students need to be involved in. We hope as many people as possible join us on 4 November to help us fight off impending extinction.”

This won't be the first time we’ve worked with Metzger on an interactive, evolving work of art. Last year we hosted Facing Extinction, an exhibition which toured Metzger’s seminal work – Mass Media: Today and Yesterday – to our galleries in Farnham and Canterbury. After the exhibition, artists, scientists, ecologists, architects and academics came together for a conference called Facing Extinction, held at our Farnham campus.

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