John Dyer pictured in the Amazon rainforest tribal village of Mutum in the Acre region of Brazil with children of the Yawanawá tribe.
A new exhibition by British artist and Society Fellow John Dyer, Last chance to paint, will be on display in the Director’s Gallery from Tuesday 12 September to Wednesday 18 October.
The exhibition, showcasing artwork created for the unique educational and art project of the same name, features a selection of paintings and images of three tribal communities – the Yawanawá in the Amazon rainforest, the Penan in Borneo, and the Maasai in Kenya. The work on display, created by the artist and children around the world, features tribal culture, endangered species and environments, spiritual ceremonies, and the last two northern white rhinos on Earth. A selection of photographs of the artist at work in Africa, Brazil and Borneo, and images of children from the tribal groups painting their own endangered environments, will also be on display.
The Last chance to paint project was founded by John to connect children to the environment through art. Through the use of satellite technology to share daily videos, blogs and interactive Q&As, the 400 schools taking part in the project are invited to join the Last chance to paint team as they spend time with tribal communities around the world. Children at schools involved in the project are encouraged to create their own paintings alongside John, which are exhibited in the project's online gallery. Through the interactive project, the team aims to raise awareness of environmental issues in school-aged children around the world and create deep personal connections to the natural world – getting children thinking about our planet, our home, and our actions. Interested schools can get involved in the project for free via the website.
Society Fellows and Members can see the exhibition on weekdays between 10.00am and 5.00pm. The exhibition has been generously sponsored by Innova Art.
Find out more about Last chance to paint and visit John’s website.
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