A Patchwork of Lost Words Exhibition

27th April 2019 to 9th June 2019


A special exhibition of artwork inspired by The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris.

Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to donate postcard-sized artwork for display each representing one of the 20 words included in the prize-winning bestseller.

The Lost Words began as a response to the removal of everyday nature words, including ‘acorn’, ‘bluebell’ and ‘kingfisher’, from a widely used children’s dictionary, because those words were not being used enough by children to merit inclusion. The Rangers at Moors Valley Country Park hope this exhibition will engage with children and adults alike, to celebrate our varied and beautiful British wildlife and inspire visitors to reconnect with the natural environment.

For details of how to enter download the Exhibition Information Sheet for details. All 2 dimensional art forms will be accepted and the images may include text or poetry.  Maximum of two entries per artist.

Submissions of work are invited in a variety of 2D medium including, but not restricted to, painting, drawing, print, photography, mixed media and textiles. Text and poems can also be included as part of the finished piece. Original artwork only; no reproductions. All work must be the artist’s own. All work must be A6 in size; 148mm x 105mm (5.8” x 4.1”) and suitable for wall hanging, backed with thick paper/card or thin wood. Please mark the title of piece and artist name on the reverse.

The work must represent one of the 20 words contained in The Lost Words book by Robert Mcfarlane and Jackie Morris. These words are - Acorn, Adder, Bluebell, Bramble, Conker, Dandelion, Fern, Heather, Heron, Ivy, Kingfisher, Lark, Magpie, Newt, Otter, Raven, Starling, Weasel, Willow, Wren

Artwork must be received at Moors Valley by Monday 15 April 2019. Submissions can be made in person (the artist may send a representative on their behalf) or send by post to Katie Davies, Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Dorset, BH24 2ET. 

A completed and signed entry voucher must accompany all entries; one entry voucher for each piece of artwork. There is no charge for entering artwork.

Following the exhibition the artwork will be sold to raise money for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.