A new and exciting charity

Using art and science to explore the benefits of nature 

Patron:  Rt Hon 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.’ – Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP

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 (University of Sussex), and Dr Nichola Street and Dr Gemma Hurst, lecturers and researchers at the The Staffordshire Centre for Psychological Research, Staffordshire 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, through its art/science activities.

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

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

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

Our 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 (such as in hospitals)
  • 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

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 that can be purchased here.  Mark has also donated his limited edition collection entitled FORTY STEPS IN THE RIVER BOVEY.  information about this new work can be found here.
  • 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

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

‘It’s true – the sounds of nature really do help us relax’ – BSMS Pulse magazine Autumn/Winter 2017

Publications:

‘Mind-wandering and alterations to default mode network connectivity when listening to naturalistic versus artificial sounds’ – Scientific Reports March 2017

Trees at The Ness, Devon. Photo: Mark Ware

 

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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