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.’
A new and exciting charity
“Ware and his collaborators aren’t fusing science and art so much as evolving an entirely new way of working” – New Scientist, July 2016
Due to the successful outcomes of Mark Ware’s Arts Council England supported Wavelength Project, including the current national touring exhibition entitled, Reflecting Nature, Mark has set up a new charity to support the continuation of his interest in art science projects. The charity is called Reflecting Nature in art & science and it is currently a charity in law seeking registration with the Charity Commission.
The organisation’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 / 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 great concern, such as hospitals. In order to secure support for these aims, 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.
The organisation’s trustees and founder recognise the value of cross-disciplinary investigations, which is why it encourages collaborations between science and art. Earlier this year, they delivered evidence of the value of science art collaborations investigating the benefits of exposure to the natural environment in the form of a peer-reviewed Scientific Report that received international attention and praise: https://tinyurl.com/n46gy5o. Mark Ware (the organisation’s founder) and Prof Hugo Critchley (one of the charity’s trustees) are named as two of the contributors on this important paper. During 2016, New Scientist published an article on this and our other recent art science activities: https://tinyurl.com/zchp2mb
In addition to raising funding for its own activities, the Reflecting Nature in art & science charity aims to support external art science collaborations that embrace the charity’s focus on exploring how mental processes are shaped by characteristics of the natural environment.
The charity’s main aims include 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
- Encouraging public participation in our investigations whenever possible
- Identify outcomes for our activities that will help with the design of the built environment, ranging from street lighting design to the design of interior spaces, for the benefit of humanity
- Deliver research-supported outcomes that will help people with neurological conditions (such as stroke), particularly where memory loss is apparent and the need for sensory stimulation is important
- Engage with young people, to encourage interest in the natural environment and arts and science at an early age
- Use art event such as exhibitions, to attract diverse audiences and to help raise awareness of 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. These include limited edition copies of the Reflecting Nature prints that can be view and purchased here. For other available artworks, please write to Mark 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 Mark via the contact page
For articles about Mark Ware’s recent art science collaborations:
Reflecting Nature in art & science Trustees:
- Dr Oliver Angerer: 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 artist, stroke survivor, Fulbright Alumnus and Honorary Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, England
- Sara Ware GGSM (Lond) MSTAT: Professional classical trumpet player and teacher of music, and teacher of the Alexander Technique, England