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Exhibition 20 July - 20 August

Rewilding Unwrapped

Sam Rose Photography Exhibition

Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, July 20th to August 20th 2022



The concept of rewilding has taken the environmental sector by storm in the recent years. Although the idea was first introduced in the 1980s in the USA, the 2019 book ‘Wilding’ by Isabella Tree about the successes for biodiversity from rewilding at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex has raised public consciousness hugely.

Rewilding has also been a story theme on The Archers, and even the Prime Minister mentioned ‘Build Back Beaver’ in a Party Conference speech.  It is also supported by Sir David Attenborough and Ed Sheeran, so it must be a good thing!

Rewilding Unwrapped: Sam Rose, Artist Talk 2-4pm FREE

Come along and enjoy this exhibition, hear Sam talk about this fascinating and important topic, and experience first-hand, the journey he has made so far.

Saturday 20 August 2022, 2 – 4pm, Allsop Gallery

But what is it?

Rewilding can mean many things to many people; it is a spectrum of approaches based on allowing natural processes, rather than people, to take the lead in nature conservation.  This means ceding control to nature and then accepting that we do not know necessarily what will happen, but that we trust nature to know what it is doing – which it normally does.

This might mean leaving an arable field to grow what are seen by many as weeds and scrub, but which in fact support pollinating insects, which attract more birds and bats, which are predated on by raptors, and so on – expanding and refilling the web of life from a barren monoculture.

It might also mean introducing beavers onto a formerly straightened river, allowing them to fell trees and build dams. This will change the course of the river, clean farm chemicals and sediments out of the water, slow down the current in the winter and allow water to flow in the summer.  Less flooding downstream and more water in drought periods.

Why is it important?

We are living in the midst of biodiversity and climate crises.  The planet is warming and changing as a result of our actions, and at the same time we have depleted our biodiversity; more than 60% of our species have been depleted in the last 50 years, many now facing near extinction from the UK.  Rewilding can help all of this.

The work at Knepp and other places has shown that by allowing nature to take the lead, and then by replicating the processes that wild herbivores would have done back when the land was ‘wild’, you can very quickly reverse the decline in biodiversity and allow ecosystems to recover naturally.  We have tried for too long to do this ourselves, but we only really understand a little of how nature works, and so we just end up controlling it for our own well-intentioned ends.  Rewilding doesn’t have an end, intentioned or otherwise, it allows nature to make that decision.

Rewilding is also important in that it improves soil, air and water quality, it can prevent flooding, and is great at sequestering carbon out of the atmosphere.  Furthermore, it has huge benefits for health and wellbeing, enabling people to get closer to nature.  It creates spaces in which there are free roaming herbivores – such as rare breed cattle, pigs or boar, deer, horses, beavers – often all mingled together in one single space, so people can interact with nature in a way that contemporary agriculture doesn’t allow.  In a world in which we are so disconnected with nature, this is more important than ever.

Dinner & show offer

Enjoy an evening at Bridport Art Centre’s Pantry Restaurant.

*A pre Show Supper is available with this event* 

The menus will be published alongside the event two weeks before the show. Vegetarian options available.

There will be an option to add your supper to your cart when you book the event. 

£14.95 two course /£17.95 three course 


"This exhibition is quite simply marvellous. Sam Rose has a highly unusual gift...his camera becomes an extension of himself revealing landscapes, wildlife and people as if you are inside his head and, that his head is playing host to a wormhole of thousands of years of experiences, rather than simply a question of framing, light and mathematics. He has a painterly eye and you are left with a sense that he is revealing something more than what is immediately visible."

— Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project

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