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Empathy for Nature: Casting workshop

Kelly M O’Brien is facilitating a workshop that runs alongside the Inch by IN:CH exhibition, a travelling project touring to Found Outdoors on Saturday 11th September 2021.

Inspired by the lovely outdoor setting, we will reflect on what empathy for nature means and how we can use techniques of ‘repair’ to express ideas through mixed media sculpture. We will use paper casting to create small 3-d objects.

Tools and materials will be supplied and we’ll take a brief walk to collect natural materials to use in your work.

There is a materials cost of £5pp, payable in advance to secure your booking. Suitable for all abilities and ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult, who we’d love to join in.

O’Brien’s practice focuses on themes of precarity, care, and repair.

Kelly M O’Brien is an American mixed media sculptor, living and working in the Bristol/Bath area. Through materialiality, she seeks to foster sympathy for nature and believes that empathy can be a portal to action. She is interested in how these themes manifest through the interdependence of ephemeral materials including paper, fiber, beeswax, and materials collected or found in nature.

Most recently these themes have focused her attention on the fragility and potential climate solutions inherent in species-rich native grasslands. Inspired by the loss of 97% of these habitats in the UK, she is currently conducting a four-season field residency with several Wildlife Trusts to look at the role of wildflower meadows in biodiversity and climate repair.

Kelly hosts a trans-Atlantic Reading Circle for The All We Can Save Project and is co-founder of A Gathering of Unasked Possibility, a collaborative project fostering active hope through creative practitioners. Find out more at her website and on Instagram.

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