Artist sells painting from his Southampton City Art Gallery exhibition to raise money for environmental charity Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust – Southampton City Art Gallery

Artist sells painting from his Southampton City Art Gallery exhibition to raise money for environmental charity Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

31 Aug 2022

Artist, Kurt Jackson, has sold one of his paintings from his exhibition: Biodiversity at Southampton City Art Gallery.   The proceeds from the painting, Hogweed Visitors, are being gifted to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) to support their work restoring ecosystems for local wildlife.

Biodiversity is an exhibition of paintings, found objects and sculptures by Jackson, a dedicated environmentalist. The works were made in locations across the UK, including the New Forest and south coast, and reflect the specific biodiversity in each area. Some locations have a huge range of life forms, some are barren, some dominated by nature, and some by human life.

Hogweed Visitors is currently on display in Southampton City Art Gallery as part of Jackson’s exhibition, which is open until 8 October 2022, and is completely free to visit.

The exhibition is supported by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust who are working in partnership with Southampton City Council to create a Wilder Southampton, where wildlife thrives, and everyone benefits from a healthy environment. Find out more about the Wilder Southampton project here.

Kurt Jackson, said: “I am delighted that my paintings can help not just with raising awareness but also the funds necessary for the valuable work to continue that the Wildlife Trusts are involved in.

By actively immersing myself in the natural world to create my art I witness at first hand the beauty and complexity but also the fragility of our precious environment and all the flora and fauna we share it with. I want my work to contribute positively and to help mitigate the effects of this ongoing ecological crisis.”

Becky Fisher, Deputy Director of Engagement at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: “Nature is in a state of freefall and the vital conservation work the Wildlife Trust does to help nature’s recovery relies on generous support and donations such as Kurt’s.

“We are immensely grateful and would like to wish a heartfelt thank you to Kurt for kindly passing on the funds raised by his artwork, it really will make a huge difference in helping us to protect wildlife and wild places.”

Councillor Kaur, Leader of Southampton City Council said: “This brilliant exhibition really helps people understand the amazing wildlife and ecosystems we have locally and the risk they face. This education is the first step in being able to make real change and helps highlight the important work Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust do. We’re proud of this great partnership and our commitment to the environment – I know the Trust will put the money raised to good use.”

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