Arts and creativity events at this year’s Festival of Nature

24th May 2022

Get inspired and unleash your creative side with nature during this year´s Festival of Nature. Join in with some wonderful arts events including wildlife drawing, writing and reading.

Draw Along with Lauren Cook [ONLINE]

When: Saturday 11 June 1 - 2pm

Where: Online

Grab your colouring pencils and a sheet of paper as we get creative with PhD student and wildlife artist Lauren Cook. Learn how to draw a carpenter bee with Lauren and discover more about the wonderful lives of our pollinating pals with a guest expert.

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'Forget Me Not' In Conversation with Sophie Pavelle

When: Sunday 12 June 2 - 3pm

Where: Framework, 35 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ

Join writer and science communicator Sophie Pavelle as she shares readings and stories from her brand-new book Forget Me Not: Finding the forgotten species of climate-change Britain.

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Gathering Moss: Using creativity to tackle climate change

When: Monday 13 June 1 - 2pm

Where: Online

Gathering Moss, the process of collaborating across continents and the fascinating ideas behind the artworks. The discussion will also explore the power of blending art and activism from the perspective of early career creatives, and how our panellists are using their creativity to tackle climate change.

* Please note this is an 18+ event

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Nature Content Creators Evening

When: Monday 13 June 6.30 ‐ 9pm

Where: Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Are you interested in the power of podcasts, filmmaking, writing or illustration to engage with audiences? This event will explore the various content being created by science communicators through workshops and talks, this will be a chance for people to showcase their work and meet likeminded people in an evening of networking.

The biggest part of the evening is networking, reconnecting face to face, and sharing ideas to invigorate new activities. We’ve deliberately chosen to host this event at the Watershed who have great food, and a great bar!

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Nature Writing Workshop with Moving Mountains [ONLINE]

When: Monday 13 June 7 - 8pm

Where: Online

Unleash your creative side in this nature writing session hosted by Louise Kenward. The workshop will explore the themes of chronic illness and physical disabilities, and the connections to the outdoors.

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Art in the Garden at Redcatch Community Garden

When: Tuesday 14 June 10 - 12pm

Where: Redcatch Community Garden, The Pavilion, Redcatch Park, Broadwalk, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2RD

Join this free Green Social Prescribing Art in the Garden taster session run by Redcatch Community Garden. Open to all adults.

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Dark Ecologies: Art and Poetry at Nightfall

When: Tuesday 14 June 7.30 - 9.30pm

Where: Glass Studio, St George's, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR

Join environmental historians Andy Flack and Alice Would, Bristol City Poet Caleb Parkin and audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde to explore darkness in their work and its connection to the more-than-human.

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Sketch & Stroll sessions at Weston General Hospital and Bristol Heart Institute

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Wednesday, 15 June, 12 - 2pm, Weston General Hospital, Grange Road, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4TQ

Wednesday 15 June, 4 - 6pm, Woodland Walkway, Bristol Heart Institute, Terrell Street, Bristol, BS2 8ED

Sketch and stroll session hosted by Arts & Culture Programme, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. Drop in anytime between 4 - 6pm with a sketchbook and drawing materials.

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Create Together with Nature taster session

When: Friday 17 June 11 - 1pm

Where: Coleridge Road Community Allotment, Bournville, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23

A free taster session at Coleridge Road Community Allotment with Create Together. Unleash your creativity through therapeutic art and craft activities, including making a nature mandela and painting a bird box.

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Reclaiming the wild: Smashing the middle-class norms and conventions in nature writing

When: Thursday 16 June 1 - 2pm

Where: Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Join acclaimed nature writers Niellah Arboine, Natasha Carthew and Anita Sethi as they discuss what it means to be working-class nature writers. Together, they highlight the importance of authentic voices, give readings from their latest works and discuss the barriers working-class writers face when entering the world of publishing.

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WOODS by Clarice Lima (In Between Time)

When: Friday 17 June 3.30pm & Saturday 18 June 12pm and 2pm

Where: Bristol City Centre

In the heart of Bristol’s busiest shopping district an international troupe, alongside 40 brilliant Bristolians, will create a forest with their bodies as they simultaneously stand on their heads. This forest lives as long as the strongest headstand as audiences watch it grow and fall.

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Some People Climb Up with Sylvia Rimat (In Between Time)

When: Saturday 18 June 10am, 12pm, 2.30pm

Where: Leigh Woods, Bristol

A sensory adventure into the depths of the forest plus an encounter with the metaphorical forest of our brain, this activity explores our interconnectedness with the land on which we walk. Local artist Sylvia Rimat’s app guides us through the forest, off the beaten path and encourages us to experience this ancient woodland via all our senses.

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SLOWMO - Instant Dissidence (In Between Time)

When: Saturday 18 June 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm

Where: Bristol City Centre

For one day only, Bristol’s stories dance through its streets. Instant Dissidence journey to their Bristol destination across land and sea this spring and summer ahead of IBT Wildness, travelling through Cyprus, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and France. As they take the slow path towards Bristol they collect stories of people they meet on the way and turn them into dances.

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