Explore Ditchling Museum and connect with nature

by Sarah Ryman Spotlight on

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an award winning gem of a museum focusing on the artists and craftspeople who lived in this unique village in The Living Coast.

The current exhibition by artist John Newling explores the relationships between people, place and culture, and the transformative power of incorporating nature into everyday life.

tillage - John Newling - Thu 16 July 2020 - Fri 30 April 2021

John Newling is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. This exhibition features works spanning his 40 year career, including new work responding to society’s need to evolve in the face of the climate emergency, and living through the global pandemic.

Newling’s work puts forward a powerful environmental proposition, that we need a closer connection to and a greater understanding of nature, which is particularly resonant in current times. So Sorry, a text work located in the beech tree behind the museum (visible from the village green) is Newling’s apology to nature for humanity’s actions.

Newling has described his work as a ‘collaboration with nature’, a description which has never seemed more relevant, with the pressing need for humanity to take responsibility for our impact on the ecosystem.

For families there is a nature activity sheet inspired by the exhibition which can be downloaded and printed off in advance of visiting. The museum suggest bringing pens and paper for kids as they are unable to supply these currently. For opening times and to book you visit go to ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

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