An inspirational art show celebrating 50 years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has opened in London this week. The threatened species-themed exhibit entitled Here Today includes interactive installations and rooms, and features the works of renowned artists such as George Condo, Tracey Emin, Andy Warhol, Gavin Turk, Peter Blake, United Visual Artists, Douglas Gordon, Stephanie Quayle, Gordon Cheung, Oswaldo Macia, Julian Opie, Mariko Mori, Carsten Höller, and Diana Thater.
“The aim of the exhibition is to raise vital funds for the IUCN Red List, while raising the public’s awareness of the fragility of our ecosystems and the drastic consequences that can prevail if we fail to take responsibility and action,” said Hannah Pawlby of Freuds, who organized the event.
“Here Today is a unique exhibition about our planet: the voices, visions, sounds and even smells from contemporary artists from around the world, brought together to address global issues that are important to every single one of us.”
The opening of the event benefitted from highly unusual and spectactular advertisement when a specially trained Imperial Eagle named Darshan flew over London landmarks with a camera on his back in honour of the IUCN Red List's 50th anniversary.
More than just a gallery, this exhibition provides a social hub in central London, featuring a series of workshops and discussions from prominent artists, curators and conservation experts. On 4 December at 6 pm, three IUCN experts will discuss how the IUCN Red List benefits conservation at a free event at the exhibit venue.
Here Today was supported by Baku Magazine and is curated by Artwise. The exhibition will be open at the Old Sorting Office, 21-33 New Oxford Street, London from 25 November to 17 December before embarking on a world tour, eventually completing its journey at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Opening hours are Monday to Wednesday from 11-7 pm, Thursday to Friday from 11-8 pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 11-6 pm. Admission is free.
For more information, please visit www.heretoday.org.
To register for the free presentation on 4 December, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Here Today website
- Free IUCN event at Here Today
- Watch Darshan the Imperial Eagle soar over London to promote the opening of Here Today