At ONCA we use art to explore stories of extinct and critically endangered species and ecological communities.
Conservation Education at ONCA
In 2011, the idea for ONCA emerged when our founder Laura Coleman wanted to find a way to platform stories about the issues that affected the animals and humans who she met at a small wildlife refuge in the Bolivian jungle. Since opening in 2012, ONCA has become a space for exploring stories about extinctions that acknowledge and pay proper attention to the related human experiences of injustice or oppression.
We host events that support the remembering of what has been lost, celebrations of and commitments to what remains, and the development of creative and practical solutions. Some of the exhibitions and events we’ve curated and supported include:
- Some Of Us Did Not Die
- Susan Richardson: Words the Turtle Taught Me
- Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials
- One Bee, many mouths to feed…
To see what Endangered & Lost Species events we have coming up click the link below.
Rembereace Day for Lost Species at ONCA
Established in 2011, Remembrance Day for Lost Species (Lost Species Day or RDLS) is driven by a growing coalition of artists, educators, scientists, historians and campaigners including ONCA. The day invites people to engage in whichever ways feel manageable – whilst pointing towards the need for spaces of systematic critique and acts of reparation. Part of the project’s aim is to highlight the interconnected norms and practices that harm diverse ecosystems and humans alike.
Since 2011, ONCA has joined groups in the UK and internationally to meet on November 30th and hold memorials for extinct species. Brighton remembrance events have ranged from a burial at sea for the Great Auk (extinct 1852) to a procession for the Caribbean Monk Seal (extinct 1952).
- 2013 – We planted trees with the Earth Restoration Service at Whitehawk Community Food Project in memory of lost amphibians.
- 2014 – We held one of a number of centenary memorials to the Passenger Pigeon (extinct 1914), carrying a pigeon sculpture up to the Life Cairn and burning it.
- 2015 – We cast the Bell for Lost Species in collaboration with Bristol-based mobile foundry Ore and Ingot, embossed with the extinction symbol.
- 2016 – ONCA held a procession for the thylacine (extinct 1936).
- 2017 – We organised a procession for lost and disappearing pollinators.
- 2018 – We hosed an artist residency, exhibition, and events programme entitled Some of Us Did Not Die.
If you want to find out more about RDLS click the link below.
We’ve created a series of videos, podcasts and blogs to document ONCA’s Endangered & Lost Species events and activities.
Get in touch
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 607101 if you have specific or questions.