ONCA started with the idea of a gallery, a permanent space for people to engage with our changing planet.
The ONCA Gallery opened on 1st November 2012, aiming to marry art with conservation. We feel that in order to engage people with the environment, it is important to raise awareness about how that environment is changing, as well as to encourage an active involvement with life around us. We do this by telling stories, using art from all disciplines to think about our relationship with the natural world. We work with local and national conservation projects, giving artists a vehicle and a forum through which to create, display and sell art inspired by conservation. This art is on show to the public at the ONCA Gallery in central Brighton, raising awareness and funds for the projects. We also run creative courses for young people and adults, entitled Write Here, which open environmental dialogue and stimulate artistic inspiration.
The objectives of the ONCA Trust are:
- To raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues through the arts.
- To promote educational initiatives relating to art and conservation.
- To raise funds to support conservation projects.