Scientific evidence paints a clear picture: climate change is happening, it is caused in large part by human activity, and it will have many serious and potentially damaging effects in the near future.
The Now Exhibition curated by Leah Wood at Re:Centre, London (launching 14th March) tackles climate change head on and draws attention to acting NOW to save our planet.
Leah commented: “The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate, plastic, once thought to be a radical invention is filling the oceans and causing havoc, precious animals and insects are becoming extinct and that’s only the half of it.”
The Now Exhibition features 16 artists and includes over 40 environmental artworks exploring the effects of plastic, fracking, a polluted ocean, rising sea-levels, threats to habitat and animals, flooding and drought.
Leah continued: “Art is a powerful motivator of change and I’ve selected some of my favourite artists to highlight different aspects of climate change through their beautiful artwork to inform and engage people in conversation about the environment.
“Re:Centre offers a beautiful light space to view the artwork right on the river in Hammersmith. Being by the Thames feels so appropriate for the theme of the exhibition and I hope will help people to reflect.”
The Now Exhibition includes Leah Wood’s butterfly paintings incorporating plastic bags, a poem Dreams for our Children by Jo Wood, The Last Straw series of paintings by Paul Karslake, campaign photographs of Dame Vivienne Westwood at anti-fracking protests taken by photographer Ki Price, paintings of the ocean by Claudia De Grandi and sculpture by fashion designers Vin & Omi using plastic waste from the Thames and much more.
The exhibition will raise money for Drop4drop, a charity funding sustainable clean water solutions to countries that need it most.
Leah said: “Drop4drop is an incredible charity. Drought and polluted water makes their job Incredibly challenging. They work hard to help people in India and Africa to have access to safe drinking water – two vast parts of the planet effected the worst by climate change!