The Oak Project is a national arts programme that uses art, culture and creativity to help restore society’s connection with the environment, helping to preserve nature while improving our quality of life.

What does the Oak Project do?

The Oak Project is commissioning and curating a national programme of artwork and creative activities to cultivate a feeling of connection and compassion for nature and the environment. The project is a collaboration between the University of Derby, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Bronze Oak Project Ltd.

In 2021, projects include: Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds, a pavilion-style sculpture in Yorkshire Sculpture Park; The Tune into Nature Music Prize, a national music competition for ages 16-29 and Great Oaks from little acorns grow, an installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Why does the Oak Project exist?

We believe art can save us from extinction. Art can open our minds and inspire us. Art can reconnect us to the natural world, helping to heal the rift between us and the planet. Art can create space for real change.

The Oak Project has been developed in response to recent psychological research by the University of Derby which demonstrates that art can play an important role in motivating people to take action to protect the environment by building a sense of connection to nature.

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How to take part in the Oak Project

Experience Silence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Try practicing nature connectedness, guided meditations, creative exercises and more.

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Make a donation – your money will help us continue to unite people and nature, expand the project and fund research during this critical first year.

The Oak Project is a charitable initiative, hosted by the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a registered charity (no. 1067908) and museum with 500 acres of landscape and six indoor galleries.

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