Made within the challenging deadline of only one day, Ruddington-based artist Tristram Aver has produced 1,000 hand-made linocut prints in his home studio to raise funds for important regional charities.
1,000 Native British Trees is a pop-up exhibition at Leicester Print Workshop – the Midlands centre for fine art printmaking – to highlight the importance of woodland conservation, but also to show how spending time with nature benefits our health and wellbeing, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Our woodlands are at risk. The UK’s landscape now contains one of Europe’s lowest proportions of woodland at only 13%.
England is also running out of oak and they are not being replaced. Taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health, and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression.
It is estimated that at least one in four people will experience a significant mental health problem per year.
This is significantly higher for those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), where anxiety disorders are very common.
In 2016, the artist’s daughter, who attends Jame Peacock School in Ruddington, was diagnosed with ASD.
This project was born after he witnessed how the soothing environment of nature helped her cope with sensory overload; being with nature eased her calm and helped her communicate more freely, whereas the city is a place of stress, noise, danger and disorientation.
The entire 1,000 prints will be for sale for £10 each online and in a very special pop-up exhibition at Leicester Print Workshop on 3rd and 4th November.
The aim is to raise £10,000 for Autism East Midlands and the Woodland Trust, but also highlight Autism awareness and issues of woodland conservation that underpin the design of the prints.
Tristram said: “These ‘tree’ prints are in fact an image of an explosion, set upon a bark-patterned textured background.
“The explosion represents an overload or ‘meltdown’ that people with ASD can experience when things get too much, often due to the stresses of being in their immediate, over-stimulating environment.
“The silhouette of the explosion also looks like an old Oak or Ash, which simultaneously makes a comment about the destructive impact of humans upon the world.
“With the decreasing support and funding available for the families, carers and those with ASD, and the dwindling protection of our green spaces throughout the country, this is my way of contributing to and supporting the great work these organisations do.”
Prints will be available for pre-order online from 10th October 2018 (World Mental Health Day) and during the exhibition for only £10 each.
For more information, please visit: www.tristramaver.com/1000trees.