Cultural Reforesting

What is Cultural Reforesting?

Cultural Reforesting is a series of artist-led, multi-disciplinary projects set in the context of the ecological crises of our time. Scientists have given this decade as the crucial 10 years in which to find solutions, indeed Richmond Council declared Climate Emergency in 2019, so what can we all do?   

Each artist project responds to the question – how can we renew our relationship with nature?  

We at Orleans House Gallery are supporting artists wishing to explore local solutions to this crisis, and feel that the Gallery, with its vibrant grounds and creative setting can be a place where all can come to collaborate, find a community and make a difference, no matter how personal or small.   

We hope that artists, working with scientists, further researchers, volunteers and other participants will turn this place into a vibrant community of people taking action.   

Orleans House Gallery can become a place for hope and ideas in our ecological crisis.  

Cultural Reforesting is about:  

  • Environmental justice   
  • Biodiversity, ecology and botany   
  • Climate Emergency   
  • Indigenous knowledge and perspectives   
  • Local solutions   
  • Imagination and creativity   
  • Well-being   
  • Ecocentrism   
  • Education  

Cultural Reforesting began in May 2021, with a wide-ranging exhibition, Remember the Future, and events programme , which featured 12 artists, scientists, indigenous leaders and more. Four artists and collectives spent time in our galleries and grounds, and we hope to support four artists each year through our programme.  Find out all about the Remember the Future research programme here: The Research and this year’s programme here: Something & Son 

Please do get in touch if you would like to know more, participate in the programme or would like to comment on the idea.