Chewing gum art on display at Leeds gallery

The chewing gum art exhibition at The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds. Pic: Simon Hulme.
The chewing gum art exhibition at The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds. Pic: Simon Hulme.
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MODERN artists in Leeds are giving the city’s culture vultures something to chew over.

Artwork made out of chewing gum has gone on display as part of a gnaw-some exhibition that aims to highlight the impact people can have on the environment.

Ellie Andrews from The Gallery at Munro House at the new exhibition.

Ellie Andrews from The Gallery at Munro House at the new exhibition.

The Human Nature exhibit at The Gallery at Munro House features the unusual miniature artwork on the walls and the floor outside the venue.

Artist Ben Wilson takes chewing gum found on the street and heats it up before injecting resin into it and finally painting it.

The work will be featured alongside 50 other pieces of art by 15 artists, including murals of endangered birds and a hidden trail of bronze sculptures hidden across the city.

Charlotte Webster, Human Nature founder and curator, said: “We face huge challenges in how we interact with nature, and who better to explore our relationship with the world than artists.

“Our artists question the very essence of our humanity, explore what drives us to connect to our environment and how we’re responding to nature’s call to adapt to a world of finite resources.”

Ellie Andrews works at The Gallery at Munro House.

Speaking about the new exhibition, she said: “We’re excited about the opportunity to host a show whose message and ethos is demonstrated so cleverly by this diverse group of talented artists.

“We’re confident that this will encourage people to think again about how they interact with nature and their environment.”

Bruce Davis, co-founder of Abundance, which is supporting the Human Nature project, said: “We need art that says something about the world we are wasting and the value that exists in nature which we should all ensure is passed on to the next generations.”

The exhibition includes work by Yorkshire and London-based artists and runs until Saturday, May 2.

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