Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 13:00

Acclaimed artist John Dyer is inviting families to join him at the Eden Project for his latest project, Last Chance to Paint over the weekend of October 5 – 6.

The event aims to inspire and connect people to the natural world using the universal language and power of the arts.

The focus will be on the environment, looking at the active role people can play to ensure the planet is looked after by future generations.

John’s recent artwork takes inspiration from his extraordinary journeys to the island of Borneo meeting the Penan tribe and orangutans, and the rainforest of the Amazon where he painted the endangered Yawanawa tribe.

Throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to meet John and try their hands at painting, focusing on John’s artwork which highlights animals and plants that are on the brink of extinction.

A number of workshops will be available for visitors and families to get involved with, using a range of different art mediums, allowing people to feel connected and empowered so they can play a part in looking after the planet.

Last Chance to Paint also includes artists Zoe and Pete Giles from St Ives art studio Barnoon who will be holding workshops on natural tiling. Zoe and Pete will be teaching visitors how to create detailed casts from seeds, flowers, bark and leaves, which can be taken home as a beautiful tile or wall hanging.

Visitors will also have the chance to join them in a mono-print workshop (a quick way of making single prints) with differing results each time.

Contemporary artist Peter Ward will be holding a Painting with the Earth workshop, encouraging visitors to paint pictures of beautiful British wildlife using paint made from coloured rocks, clays and soils collected in Devon and Cornwall. Visitors can find out about the history of colours from nature and learn more about British wildlife at this drop-in workshop.

Shannon Wilby, Eden Live Programme Lead, said: “This is going to be a fantastic weekend for visitors and families to learn more about what they can do to look after our planet through the medium of art and join John with his amazing project.

“We have so many interactive workshops for people to get involved with throughout the weekend and learn about different art techniques that they can take away with them at the end of the day.”

By focussing on endangered plants and animals, the event is a memorable way for visitors and children to connect to this subject through art, making them aware of what could possibly be lost if we do not act now.

All artwork that is created during this event will be exhibited in the world gallery on the Last Chance to Paint website alongside John Dyer’s art.

A private viewing is taking place at Eden on Friday October 4 to meet John Dyer and to view his latest paintings from the Amazon rainforest and the Borneo rainforest. Tickets are free and can be booked via John Dyer’s website www.johndyergallery.com 

For more information on Last Chance to Paint and how to get involved, visit https://www.lastchancetopaint.com/

All activities at the Last Chance to Paint event are included with admission. For more information on Eden, visit https://www.edenproject.com/