We are an arts collective exploring the positive benefits of nature and the natural environment on mental wellbeing. We are attempting to find this out by allowing individuals to participate in a collective Instagram group that allows individuals to tell us what they love about being out in nature. Everybody needs nature. Join us in this creative collaboration that allows you to tell us what you love about being out in nature. How would you complete the sentence 'Everybody needs …'? Show us your own interpretation of ‘everybody needs…’ by tagging us in a picture on Instagram.
Maike Nielsen was born in Hamburg, Germany. At the age of six she surprised her parents by telling them she wanted to be a painter and live in England. Her parents insisted she learn a different profession first and so Maike spent many years in Engineering travelling the world. She always kept painting. Nine years ago, Maike could finally move to Cheltenham. She is now a British citizen and a student at the University of Gloucester for a Masters in Fine Art.
Maike draws her inspiration from nature and walking through the beautiful English countryside. In light of COVID and other recent political events her current practice explores our need for solace. Where do we find it? How can we give it?
Maike works in acrylics, inks, oil and mixed media, experimenting with surfaces and mark making. She carefully builds her paintings from many semi-transparent layers, creating depth and atmosphere through communicating layers of colour.
Deniz Turk is a multi-disciplinary creative focusing on photography and moving image, based throughout the United Kingdom.
After working in London for seven years as a chef in both one and two michelin starred restaurants he went to study a B.A in fine art photography at the University of Gloucestershire and has since been fortunate to work with numerous private and commercial clients both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
His personal work focuses on documentary, political and conflict film and photography.
Nathan has been studying the art of photography for over 12 years. Having completed his degree at the University of Gloucestershire he is now in the process of earning a Master’s in his chosen field. Since originally finishing his Photography Degree, Nathan worked as a Freelance photographer in Bristol, London, Cambridge and the Cotswold’s before joining various small galleries within Bristol as a curator. Since then he has gone on to teach A-level Photography at Cirencester College for the past 4 years.
Peter Britton is a professional photographer and award winning lecturer of 15 years. He studied at both University of Gloucestershire and at University of Glamorgan. His freelance work focuses on large format portraits, but previous freelance clients include McLaren Automotive, Porsche, Harrods, Hard Rock Café, and Rip Curl.
After a 15 year career in commercial and wedding photography, his own practice is now more arts based.
He is a senior fellow of the higher education academy and course leader on the Photography Degree at Coleg Gwent.
Most of his personal work and ideas centre around ‘human interaction with the natural environment’.