Biodiversity – A Special Exhibition


03 February 2022

15 May 2022
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road

Biodiversity - A Special Exhibition at Oxford University Museum of Natural History

About Biodiversity – A Special Exhibition

Bringing together the celebrated art of Kurt Jackson with reflections from Oxford University researchers, this new exhibition explores biodiversity across British landscapes and considers the future of our country’s habitats.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Main Court from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Booking is required for groups only. If you are interested in purchasing any of the original Kurt Jackson artworks in the exhibition, please email info@oum.ox.ac.uk.

Online exhibition

Browse our online exhibition of Kurt Jackson’s artwork. Explore interactive artworks to hear from the artist himself, and learn more about the connections between Jackson’s pieces, our Museum specimens, and environmental research at Oxford University.

Explore online

Biodiversity is the variety of life.

Each natural habitat has its own distinctive biodiversity – from fields and forests to seas and streams, and the increasingly urban places where we live.

In this video, Kurt Jackson explains how biodiversity impacts his art and art-making.

Related events

An Evening with Kurt Jackson

28 March from 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Hear from UK contemporary artist and environmentalist Kurt Jackson on the exhibition.

Book tickets

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. In order to join the waiting list, please email tickets@oum.ox.ac.uk

Future of our Landscape

06 April from 7.00pm to 8.00pm

With an increasing desire to support and protect our natural environment, rewilding efforts in the UK are on the rise. Join this panel discussion featuring experts from academia, policy, and industry to learn about what rewilding is, how we can participate, and what some of the benefits of rewilding are for us and our planet. This event will take place in the main court, surrounded by inspiring artwork from artist and environmentalist Kurt Jackson. Tickets are free, though pre-booking is required.

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Biodiversity Touch Tour

07 April (Time to be confirmed)

A hands-on tour of the latest temporary exhibition for visitors who are blind or partially-sighted.

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This is a free event. To book a place, please email outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk.

Drawn to Nature

29 April from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Come along to an evening of science and art inspired by the Biodiversity exhibition. Meet researchers from across the University of Oxford and sketch the specimens and landscapes featured in the exhibition. Art materials will be provided and refreshments available.

Book tickets

Tickets cost £5.00

The Art of Biodiversity: Cyanotype Workshop

30 April from 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Biodiversity plays both an essential part in human health and the health of the planet, as well as being a source of inexhaustible artistic inspiration. In this two-part workshop you’ll find out more about what biodiversity is, and why it is so important, whilst exploring specimens with museum staff. You will then discover how to illustrate biodiversity by producing your own cyanotype prints, fixed by the UV light of the sun, under the expert tuition of local artist, Claire Francis.

Book tickets

Tickets cost £15.00 and is limited to 15 places.

About the Artist

Kurt Jackson is a contemporary artist and environmentalist based in the UK. He specialises in plein-air painting using a variety of media, often incorporating collage and the written word.

Jackson has previously exhibited for the Museum. View a virtual display of his 2016 exhibition Bees (and the odd wasp) in my Bonnet.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the original Kurt Jackson artworks in the exhibition, please email info@oum.ox.ac.uk.