THE WAVELENGTH PROJECT charity
Reflecting nature in art & science
Patron: Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2009 – 2010)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) announcement – Mark Ware (CEO)
‘We are all facing enormous challenges due to COVID-19, but our charity will continue to develop and deliver its vitally important nature-influenced projects despite those challenges. In the short-term, our priority will be to focus on activities that will help people cope with enforced social isolation during coming weeks and months. However, we will also continue developing our other nature-influenced projects that will come to fruition in the longer term (12 months+), hopefully after the COVID-19 crisis has come to an end.
In order to do this, we need your help. If, after reading about our work, you feel as passionately as we do about what we are trying to achieve, please consider making a donation via this website.
We are currently particularly concerned for the wellbeing of disabled people. Many able-bodied people around the world today are now experiencing what a great number of disabled people must deal with on a daily basis in terms of social isolation, restriction of movement, and communication with others. COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on the lives of many people with disabilities, making their day-to-day lives even more challenging. We are now consulting with the CEDA disability charity in Exeter England, to develop ways of helping resolve this unprecedented situation.
We will share news with you about our new work on this website as things unfold over coming weeks. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your time and support.’
– Mark Ware CEO
‘The Wavelength Project charity is developing new and innovative ways of studying the natural environment. Its exciting collaborations between art and science promise to benefit us all.’
– Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2009 – 2010
Taking nature to people
Our charity’s purpose is the advancement of the health benefits of engaging with the natural environment. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is profoundly restricting opportunities to experience nature in the ways that were possible before the pandemic. This is making our work even more important than just a matter of months ago. The impact on health of social isolation in nature-deprived environments needs urgent attention.
We are combining the creative ability and expertise of artists and scientists to find ways of making the benefits of nature available to all, even to those whose personal circumstances make access to the natural environment difficult. There is increasing awareness of how the natural environment promotes our wellbeing and health. In the future, post COVID-19, this greater understanding will almost certainly influence many of the decisions we make, including how we plan our lifestyles, the way we design the built environment, and how we interact with the world around us. It is our belief that our charity’s work will contribute to a worldwide determination to restore, protect and preserve our shared wonderful natural environment.
Our core assertion is that we are all intrinsically biologically linked to nature, and that a greater understanding and appreciation of nature contributes to much healthier and fulfilling way of living. To achieve our goals, we bring together specialists with comprehensive knowledge and understanding in both art and science to develop unique and valuable perspectives and outcomes. Our Trustees, Chief Executive and Chief Operations Officer have a wide range of collective expertise in areas including human medicine, space studies, neuroscience, psychology, archaeology, philosophy, Fine Art, sound recording, video production, music performance & teaching, and Information Technology.
We aim to achieve our goals by:
Delivering research-supported artistic outcomes designed to benefit people with neurological and psychiatric disorders, or those with limited access to the natural environment due to disability, ill-health or socio-economic reasons (and more recently, COVID-19).
Developing art science collaborations to help investigate the benefits of exposure to the natural environment in terms of wellbeing and health. We will prioritise a crossmodal approach whenever possible.
Encouraging public participation in our investigations and other activities (during the COVID-19 pandemic, public participation will be strictly online only, in order to respect the requirements of social distancing).
Engaging with young people, to encourage interest in the natural environment through arts and science from an early age (strictly online only).
Identifying potential applications for our activities that may help improve design solutions for the interior and exterior built environments. We are particularly interested in ‘nature-influenced’ designs for interior spaces where sensory monotony or the absence of natural stimuli may be an issue (such as homes, health centres, hospitals, prisons, and even space crafts).
Promoting the need to protect and value our wonderful natural environment.
Nature Effects project
Nature Effects is an Arts Council England supported multi-faceted art and science project conceived and developed by Mark Ware MFA (our CEO). Nature Effects will lead to a body of new digital art and a multimedia immersive installation, directly influenced by the natural environment and its benefits for health and wellbeing. Read more…
Why art & science?
Interdisciplinary collaborations can be exciting and productive because they can make possible the examination of subjects from two or more separate specialist points of view. Read more…