One of the glorious things about the museums community and the family of institutions that make it up is its diversity. Not just diversity within collections but between collections. Together they provide opportunities for inspiration, learning and, perhaps most importantly, discovery. One might think that there was hardly anything that could not be addressed in depth through one or more of these collections, but, just as Nature in Art appears to have plugged a gap in the selection of publicly accessible museums, one suspects that there are many more gaps still to be filled.
Man is a painter and always has been. As early as 25,000 BC the subjects of his first paintings were animals. It is surely a remarkable fact that, while nature was the first subject for man's artistic attention, it was largely overlooked for thousands of years and has only in the last four centuries again become an important stimulus to his creative endeavour.
Perhaps then it is a surprise that, as far as we know, it was not until the opening
of Nature in Art in 1988 that the heritage of art inspired by nature has been exclusively
collected, displayed and celebrated. While national art collections in many countries
have been notable for the breadth and variety of their subject matter and the magnificent
quality of the work they exhibit, they have largely neglected works of art depicting
nature. Boosted by the growth all around the world of a sense of public and individual
responsibility for conservation of the environment and our heritage in nature, and
Back in 1982 when the charity that owns and runs Nature in Art was established –
at that time with no money, no collection and no building, it’s only asset was a
‘good idea’ and enthusiasm – a self-
This website gives you a snapshot of the activities of the museum and a very small glimpse of some of its collections.