Art enables many of us to find a way to articulate both hopes and fears, offering creative outlets to help people try to make sense of, and respond to, the interlinked climate and nature crises.
The Wildlife Trusts' believe in hope, and that people are the answer.
So our ongoing partnership with the writer’s group 26 has been a joy to be part of! 26 is a not-for-profit organisation for writers and anyone who believes in the power of words. Many of its members are authors, business writers, journalists, communication specialists and designers. All are united in the aim to champion the importance of words in all aspects of life. 26 has created dozens of online works, published books, and exhibition projects celebrating and exploring the power and potential of words. Its name reflects the 26 letters in the English alphabet – the DNA of language.
We are delighted that our first collaboration in 2020 - #26Wild - has blossomed into a brand new project for 2021 - this time a trilogy of works, which includes an international element too!
From animals, to habitats, to people, and back again
In September 2020 our first partnership piece bound into life online, two by two, as #26Wild. This was a month-long online exhibition by 52 writers, that were matched by us with 26 at-risk animals in the UK. Each writer researched their matched species over the summer of 2020 – doing what they could during a global pandemic and national lockdown - and took up the challenge of writing a poem of exactly 100 words, called a centena, that considered the possibility of that species’ permanent loss.