A new and exciting charity

The advancement of the arts and science focusing on the health benefits of the natural environment for the public

Patron:  The Right Honourable Ben Bradshaw MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2009 – 2010)

‘The Reflecting Nature charity is developing new and innovative ways of studying the natural environment. Its exciting collaborations between art and science promise to benefit us all.’ – Ben Bradshaw MP

“Ware and his collaborators aren’t fusing science and art so much as evolving an entirely new way of working” – New Scientist, July 2016

Reflecting Nature in art & science is a new charity, building upon the successful outcomes of Mark Ware’s Arts Council England supported Wavelength Project. Since 2015, the Wavelength Project has involved collaborations between Mark Ware and Professor Hugo D Critchley and his colleagues at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Dr Nichola Street and Dr Gemma Hurst, lecturers and researchers at the The Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research Stafforshire University. The charity’s purpose is the advancement of the arts and science focusing on the health benefits of the natural environment to the public by funding and promoting research and activities that investigate and support this aim. Outcomes will be used to inform and influence the design of the built environment, including places where wellbeing and health are of concern, such as hospitals and workplaces. Outcomes from investigations will also be used to encourage a greater understanding, protection and nurturing of the natural environment, particularly in young people, and people of all ages living in urban environments.

(left) Public engagement activities at Stafforshire University (middle) Recording natural sounds (right) Natural light    Photography: Left and right, Mark Ware / Centre, Sara Ware

The charity aims to:
  • Develop art science collaborations between neuroscientists, psychologists and artists  to investigate the benefits of exposure to the natural environment in terms of wellbeing and health
  • Encourage public participation in our investigations whenever possible
  • Engage with young people, to encourage interest in the natural environment and arts and science at an early age
  • Identify potential applications for our activities that will help with the design of the built environment, ranging from street lighting design to the design of interior spaces, where sensory monotony or the absence of natural stimuli are of concern
  • Deliver research-supported outcomes designed to help people with neurological and psychiatric disorders, ranging from stroke, autism, cerebral palsy, ME, and MS, to depression and anxiety
  • Promote the need to protect and value our wonderful natural environment

(left) Sevenoaks Nature Reserve (right) leaf details Photography: Mark Ware

How can you help?

You can help with the development of this new and exciting charity by doing one or more of three things:

  • Make an online donation below
  • Buy one of Mark Ware’s art prints that he has donated to the charity. These include limited edition copies of the Reflecting Nature prints that can be viewed and purchased here.  For other available artworks, please write to us via the contact page
  • Commission Mark Ware to create bespoke artworks (photography, digital art prints or sculpture). All profits from commissions will go to the charity. For more information about opportunities to commission artwork, please write to us via the contact page
  • Please enter the amount you wish to donate in pound and pence i.e 1.50, to donate £1.50
  • £ 0.00

For articles about our recent art science collaborations:

‘Missing the natural world? Just add multimedia’New Scientist July 2016

‘Can art make us feel better? How art that reflects nature can be good for our wellbeing.’ – Arts Council England September 2016

‘Reflecting Nature’ The Psychologist October 2016

‘Artist Mark Ware makes waves bringing art and science together with groundbreaking results’Disability Arts Online June 2017

Publications:

‘Mind-wandering and alterations to default mode network connectivity when listening to naturalistic versus artificial sounds’

Woodland, Devon Photography Mark Ware

Reflecting Nature in art & science Trustees:

  • Dr Oliver Angerer (Chairman of Trustees): Team Leader Exploration for the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
  • Simon Bowes: Philosopher in the Centre for Cognitive Science, Dept. of Informatics, University of Sussex, England
  • Prof Hugo D Critchley: Chair of Psychiatry; Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science; Head of the Department of Neuroscience, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), University of Sussex, England
  • Dr Gemma Hurst: Researcher and Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, School of Life Sciences and Education, Science Centre, Staffordshire University, England
  • Dr Nichola Street: Researcher and Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, School of Life Sciences and Education, Science Centre, Staffordshire University, England
  • Marc Wellin: Producer and Founder, Mothlight Pictures Inc., Chicago, USA
  • Dr Alex Woodcock: Archaeologist, author, stone carver and former stonemason at Exeter Cathedral, England
  • Sarah Doyle: Information Technology consultant, England

Reflecting Nature in art & science Co-Directors:

  • Mark Ware MFA: Multimedia professional artist, stroke survivor, Fulbright Scholar, Honorary Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, (University of Sussex), and Associate Member, The Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research at Staffordshire University
  • Sara Ware  GGSM (Lond) MSTAT: Professional classical trumpet player and teacher of music, and teacher of the Alexander Technique, England

Supporters of the Wavelength Project referred to on this website:

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Reflecting Nature in art & science is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1173281