Visions of Nature

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During 2016, the Museum presented Visions of Nature – a rich programme of exhibitions, talks and workshops by artists and writers whose varied work celebrates the natural environment.

The year kicked off with an exhibition by contemporary British artist Kurt Jackson, Bees (and the odd wasp) in my Bonnet, which opened on 18 March.

This was followed by Microsculpture, an exhibition of extraordinary insect photographs by British portrait photographer Levon Biss. Microsculpture was displayed in the Museum’s main court from 27 May.

Throughout the year, the Museum also hosted three poets in residence: John Barnie, Steven Matthews and Kelley Swain.

Poets in residence

The Museum's poets worked alongside staff in our collections and out in the Museum itself to gain inspiration for their writing. Each then produced eight new poems, which were ultimately published in the anthology Guests of Time, edited by Professor John Holmes.

As part of the Visions of Nature public programme, the poets also took part in a number of events to present their work, and contributed articles to the Museum’s blog, More than a Dodo.

Your visions of nature

As part of the Visions of Nature year we showcased work sent in via social media in an online gallery. Submissions spanned painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, sketches and more, all inspired by the natural world.