Menace of man’s world

A topical exhibition drawing attention to the devastation that mankind is wreaking on the environment is opening at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech.

In ‘Anthropocene:  of our own making’, a contemporary arts exhibition inspired by the environmental crises earth is facing, the Precious Earth Art Collective explores the causes and effects of human destruction, with artists exploiting a range of media, including ceramics, textiles, painting and photography.

The title of the show is a name given to the current geological period, meaning the age of mankind, and points up the striking impact which the human race is having on ecosystems and natural resources across the planet.

The exhibition is the second of three  shows in a row to be staged by the Art Collective at the Birthplace House at 7 South Brink, Wisbech, the first home of the town’s most famous daughter, the celebrated social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust.

Members  of the Collective believe that unless humanity addresses the current environmental issues, it will face apocalyptic destruction, which would  be the sixth mass extinction threatening the loss of at least 75 per cent of species to strike planet earth.

The show runs from Saturday, May 11 to Monday, June 24, and begins with a private view on Saturday, from 4pm to 6pm, when refreshments will be provided.

A sea of man-made troubles – a fish swims into dangerous waters

The Art Collective will stage its third exhibition at the museum, Breathe, on the theme of clean air and clean water later in the year.