Environmental photography exhibition and workshops

by Benjamin Youd in Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Environmental photography exhibition and workshops

Total raised £820

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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 9th August 2024 at 12:00am

To promote conversation around our connection to the natural world and inspire changes in our behaviour towards the environment.

by Benjamin Youd in Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom


A bit about me and the project
As an artist I am drawn towards making work that carries an environmental message.

I am increasingly concerned by the challenges that we all face and the importance in drawing attention to these issues to inspire change. River health and the duty of care that we have towards fresh water channels is a prominent concern, its deterioration affecting both micro and macro biodiversity, which includes human health.

These urgent concerns have drawn me towards creating work that explores the nuances of this adversity through a humanistic approach that is relatable to a broad public audience. Bringing this work to life is crucial to support the much needed shift in our behaviour towards the natural world.

With your generous support, bringing the photographic work for River Story to a public audience will also enable a series of talks and workshops in collaboration with several environmental organisations to educate us about the environmental issues we’re facing, and inspire us to make positive change through their channels of influence.

Below are a selection of images from the
project, which will feature in the exhibition




River Story will facilitate the following
1. A fine art exhibition of the work at ONCA gallery in Brighton.
2. An outdoor exhibition of the work at the Gabions in Brighton.
3. Press coverage for the exhibition.
4. An inspirational talk with partnering charities prior to the exhibition (dates TBA).
5. Private view at ONCA gallery, with a talk from the artist (Benjamin Youd), and one or more of the partnering charities.
6. Further information and take-home action from each of the partnering charities.

A beautifully printed exhibition booklet
If full funding is successful, a beautifully designed and printed booklet from the exhibition will be produced. It will contain luscious images from the project, as well as an essay about the project, and environmental action in connection with the four environmental organisations that are partnering on this project. Below are a few example spreads from this booklet.


A bit about the partnering environmental organisations
Working in partnership with the below environmental organisations, we will be delivering workshops to engage and inspire environmental action and participation. Action will be present throughout the exhibition and communication around it, and additional coverage will be facilitated.

Friends of the Earth
A leading environmental organisation working to create a sustainable future. Fighting for climate justice through grassroots campaigns and legal action. Whether that’s using the law to stop fossil fuel projects, or pushing for greater rights to protect nature and our environment.

Pesticide Action Network
The only UK charity focused solely on tackling the problems caused by pesticides and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens. Working tirelessly to apply pressure on governments, regulators, policy makers, industry and retailers to reduce the impacts
of harmful pesticides to both human health
and the environment.

Sussex Wildlife Trust
— Manage over 30 nature reserves across Sussex that people can explore and enjoy
— Act to protect the wildlife and the natural environment across Sussex
— Create opportunities for people of all ages to learn about nature and connect with it
— Inspire people through our events, publications and courses to care for nature
— Conduct research that supports the conservation of nature in Sussex
— Engage with policy makers and other organisations to encourage positive change.

Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust
Working towards a rich and diverse water environment which supports a range of wildlife and inspires individuals and communities to protect and enhance their local river systems.

Thank you
With your kind support, the art project River Story can inspire and make a positive change. Your kind contribution will allow the photographic art exhibition River Story to take place in Brighton this summer. Through engagement in this inspirational show, positive action can be encouraged by drawing attention towards areas of concern and highlight our responsibility as humans to care for and protect the natural environment.

Your support will highlight your commitment towards progressive environmental protection, and of invaluable arts projects that pave the way for change. To thank you for supporting this project, there are a series of rewards in return for your contribution. 

With love and gratitude,
Benjamin Youd x



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

£20—50 Reward

— Three A6 postcards from the project

£1 or more

£1—£20 Reward

Thank you for your kind contribution! It shows your commitment towards progressive environmental protection, and towards the continuation of the arts as a valuable platform for positive change.

£50 or more

2 of 80 claimed

£50—£150 Reward

— Three A6 postcards from the project. — A signed A4 print from the work. — A copy of the exhibition booklet (if additional funding is met).

£200 or more

1 of 30 claimed

£200—£500 Reward

— 3 A6 postcards from the project — A signed A2 print from the work — A copy of the exhibition booklet (if additional funding is met). — One hour of free headshot photography.

£1,000 or more

0 of 8 claimed

£1,000 + Reward

— 3 A6 postcards from the project — A signed A4 print from the work — A signed A0 print from the work — A copy of the exhibition booklet (if additional funding is met). — 1 day of headshot photography.

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