Habitats as Heritage

18 Jun 2022 27 Aug 2022
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Artists Jane Darke and Andrew Tebbs will transform our Treasures Gallery with a hundred paintings showing the diversity of natural life, inspired by the Marianne North gallery at Kew Gardens.

The project started in St Eval, where Jane Darke is based, and has grown to encompass a diversity of habitats in Redruth as well.

The exhibition will also include work produced by artists and community groups in response to the themes, as well as original documents from the Kresen Kernow archives which include beautiful volumes of pressed flowers and seaweeds. This August Jane and Andrew will be in residence at Kresen Kernow running a range of workshops, film showings and activities. Find out more about the residency here.

“Biodiversity, in the ecosystems of the world, is declining and needs protection. To protect plants, insects, birds and animals we need to know about the natural habitats and ecosystems in which they live but we don’t need to go to them. When we visit wild places we can be the cause depletion and disturbance. We need to protect wild places because they are part of our natural ecosystem, which is essential for our survival. Recording wildlife in surveys is important for research and conservation. Drawing and painting, making notes and photography and film have all contributed to the conservation of particular species. Painting entire habitats can record a place in time. All habitats are under pressure because of human induced climate change and there is value in recording the habitats now for the future. Observational recording also increases our understanding of each species.” – Jane Darke

Find out more about the project on Jane Darke’s website.

Image courtesy of Jane Darke and Andrew Tebbs showing a rock pipit with kelp fly larvae on a sandy beach.

Coloured painting showing a bird on a beach