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 building a pioneering arts programme which harnesses the power of cultural moments to connect us to the natural world. We commission artworks and creative activities which explore our relationship with the environment and create meaningful moments of connection. We are researching the power of art to motivate climate action and improve wellbeing.

We are currently hosted by Yorkshire Sculpture Park and work in collaboration with nature connectedness researchers at the University of Derby.

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.

Find out more about our programme in our 2021 review – How art could save us from extinction


Why does the Oak Project exist?

The Oak Project has been developed in response to the climate and nature emergency and an understanding that our relationship with nature is broken.

Our work is informed 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.

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.

Read more about nature connectedness.

How to take part in the Oak Project

Experience Silence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park or watch Beyond Silence from home.

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 as we move into our second year of programming.

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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