"The Wild Escape" at Gallery Oldham

Arts & Education

The Wild Escape is a major new project bringing together hundreds of museums, schools and families to find nature in museums.

With funding from the Art Fund and support from Arts Council England, hundreds of museums, galleries and historic houses are coming together for the largest ever collaboration between UK museums.

As part of The Wild Escape, Gallery Oldham is asking Oldham residents to take part in a large-scale floral display workshop called GO Bloom on Earth Day (22 April) 2023 at 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm. Artist Ruth Moilliet will demonstrate how to recycle plastic materials and create beautiful three-dimensional flowers from plastic sheets. The flowers will then be included in an installation in the foyer of Gallery Oldham as part of Ruth’s ‘Devotions to the Goddess Flora’ exhibition from 24 June until 7 October 2023. 

Taking place from January to July 2023, The Wild Escape invites children to picture the future of the UK’s wildlife through the art in museum and gallery collections. The art children create will be brought together in a collective work of art that imagines a better future for the wildlife on our doorstep, launched online and in museums on Earth Day 2023.

The Wild Escape is an opportunity to join the urgent conversation about climate crisis and biodiversity loss and look for nature positive solutions, in partnership with leading environmental charities the RSPB and WWF and cultural organisations National Trust and English Heritage.

The Wild Escape was inspired by Wild Isles, a landmark BBC series exploring the flora and fauna of the UK.

Gallery Oldham is joining hundreds of organisations from the Outer Hebrides to Folkestone to connect thousands of children with the natural world through the UK’s truly great museums.