Hands-on creative activities provided through creative ecology provide an ideal way to improve access to the collections of galleries, museums, and heritage sites, encouraging the development of new audiences and increased understanding through creative learning.

James facilitates creative consultation processes in order to develop learning/interpretation materials with user groups/stakeholders. Recent examples include the development of a teachers toolkit with a local primary school for SEARCH in Gosport, and activity backpacks with local families for English Heritage and National Trust at Stonehenge, Wiltshire.



 

James has had a lifelong interest in, and passion for natural history and ecology, which infuses his artwork and informs his approach to creative projects
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James works with environmental bodies such as Wildlife Trusts and other charitable organisations, using arts media to explore local habitats, and document the species and natural features that participants encounter there. Sessions encourage group discussion and creative reflection on participants' experiences, and on the challenges that specific ecosystems face, supported by the creation of artwork from local and recycled materials.

 

Through creative ecology projects, participants can be supported in developing an understanding of how they relate to the world around them, their responsibility towards it, and the role that the arts can play in developing and sharing this awareness.


“If you didn’t come, the experience of art wouldn’t have come to me, so thank you very  much, even if it was raining, muddy, windy, we loved it - the river flowing, ducks quacking...”

“It’s great to see how he relates to other people when he is experiencing art and nature... he’s loved it and told us all about it."                                                         

Participant and Parent - Reclaim Our River Project


“It has helped with their understanding of the concept of people actually living here hundreds/thousands of years ago....it was a great experience which the children are still talking about and I am sure will continue to do for a long time.”           
Parent in Family Learning Project