“Remember Nature” Workshop at The Whitworth

001 (5)On Saturday 18th November Phil Barton will be running a workshop at The Whitworth art gallery within sight of Gustav Metzger’s “Flailing Trees” sculpture which was destroyed earlier this year as the artist would have wished.

On the theme of “Remember Nature”, Phil will speak on the work and legacy of Gustav Metzger  who died in in March before making the final piece of his work “Out of sight, Out of mind” which is on display at Islington Mill in Salford.  Artist Katy Suggett will also work on her “Mountains’ series.

20170814_104332_HDRParticipants will be asked to explore nature in the Gallery and the park and to record their experience.

The workshop will run from 1.00 to 3.00.

Successful Day of Action to Remember Nature at Islington Mill

RememberNature046Two years on from artist Gustav Metzger’s Worldwide Call for Action to Remember Nature Phil Barton organised a day at which artists and students from both Salford University and manchester School of Art worked together to Remember Nature

Artists Katy Suggett, Walter Bianchini and Lydia Swinney, along 20171104_132411_HDR20171104_142928_HDRwith Phil, made artworks on the day.

20171105_150019_HDR20171104_132419_HDRPhil also published a Remember Nature Manifesto, building on Metzger’s legacy:


Nature no longer exists separate from humankind – humans have altered every part of Nature throughout the Earth.

Humankind cannot exist without Nature.

In this post-industrial, post-truth global society we have forgotten this.  We have embarked on our own auto-destructive process.  When the disintegrative process is complete, humankind will have been removed from the planet and scrapped.  Nature will re-assert herself and set about countering the human driven sixth great extinction and, over millennia, the anthropocene age will be superseded in the geological record by new eras.

Remember Nature.

Humankind can choose instead to adopt an auto-creative, ecological approach to Nature.  One where we work alongside the other than human world; where we value all life on this planet and not just our own; where our reason, technologies and behaviours align with Nature and do not seek to dominate.

The artist must lead the way.  Auto-creative art is the art of change, movement, growth – the art of Nature.  Our ‘Pale Blue Dot’ – a speck of dust in the vastness of the cosmos – becomes the focus of our art, our society, our economy, our science.  We create with Nature.  We do not ignore, dominate, extinguish Nature.

Auto-creative art honours and respects Nature.  It challenges dominant political, religious, economic, media and academic paradigms which ignore, override or devalue Nature.

Auto-creative ecological art Remembers Nature.

Phil BartonIslington Mill

Manchester/Salford          4th November 2017

In Memoriam Gustav Metzger, Auto-Destructive Artist

001 (5)Call for Action to Remember Nature.

Artist Phil Barton has announced a call for action in Greater Manchester and beyond commencing on 4th November 2017, two years on from Gustav Metzger’s original call issued in London.  Metzger died earlier this year and shortly afterwards his ‘Flailing Trees’ auto-destructed in Whitworth Park, Manchester.

You can find out more on Facebook @NatureRemember or e-mail at Philb@c4cp.net

[Re]Cycling Tree installed at All Saints Park

20170531_112340_HDRPhil Barton’s installation is now encircling a young ash tree as part of his Foundation Year Show at Manchester School of Art. 

Installed as a response to the felling of around 120 trees along the Oxford Road Corridor in the past two years, the installation illustrates the value trees provide to our life support systems.

More details are on the City of Trees website or by following QR Code: QR Code

Pilgimage for Nature reaches Whalley Range

20170312_105925_HDRSuccessful workshops were held with the community of St Margaret’s over the first two Sundays in Lent. Reflecting on humanity’s impact on species loss and climate change, members of the

Reflecting on media coverage of nature           congregation considered our media’s coverage (or lack of coverage) of these issues in any meaningful way and what it says about the world faith communities’ united beliefs in the importance of stewardship of the whole of creation, not just of humanity itself.  The workshop ended with an action planning workshop and the donation of a yew seedling for planting close to the church.20170305_132404_HDR20170305_131702_HDR

‘Washing Line’ installed on either side of the nave in St Margaret’s. Human centred coverage on the north side and ‘other than human’ on the south

Pligrimage for Nature to vist St Margaret’s, Whalley Range

StMOver the next two Sundays, Centre for Connected Practice will be working alongside the St Margaret’s community as part of their 10.30 service to raise awareness and encourage action for the other than human with whom we share our planet.

An initial workshop last week saw eight members of the community come together to review coverage of the environmental challenges facing us all in the English newspapers and to consider the implications.

This will be the sixth visit to a faith community in Manchester for the Pilgrimage workshops.