Natural:History (a fable of progress)

24 Mar 2018 – 2 Jun 2018

Event times

10am to 5pm Monday to aturday

Cost of entry

free entry

Gallery Oldham

Oldham, United Kingdom


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Beginning with the story of Percival Farrington, a 19th Century naturalist from Oldham, artists Richard Dawson and Jacqui Symons present a series of works exploring climate change, the Era of the Anthropocene and humankind’s relationship to the natural world.


Artists Richard Dawson and Jacqui Symons present a series of works exploring the era of the Anthropocene*, questioning humankind’s impact on, and changing relationship with, the natural world from the 19th Century to the present day.

Each artist explores themes including climate change, loss of biodiversity and extinction from an individual perspective and the exhibition incorporates a wide range of media including print, sculpture and installation.

Currently Climate Change caused by Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) presents an extreme threat to life on our planet and this combined with loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction and pollution are issues explored in this work.

Counter to this negative global situation we invite you to explore the miraculous detail and beauty of our environment, especially the nearby and everyday, and what we stand to lose.

*Anthropocene – relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

For this exhibition the year 1801 represents the start of the Anthropocene. 1801 was the epicentre of the Industrial Revolution, the start point of modern scientific investigation into Evolution and theorising on Natural Selection.

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Rebecca Hill

Exhibiting artists

Jacqui Symons

Richard Dawson

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