OPEN Eco: Gwen Riley Jones and Daniel, Action for Conservation, Daniel, Planting for the Planet

This image was co-created with Daniel during a week spent together as a group exploring nature-based solutions to climate change, including experimenting with plant based photographic techniques.

Gwen Riley Jones is a photographer and a mother with a creative practice exploring themes of identity, through place and belonging. Her work has begun to consider the power of collaborative and co-authored practice, particularly when exploring themes relating to the climate crisis and environmental impact.

“I think art can help us solve the climate crisis as it can raise awareness and give people a boost to make a change to their actions and help the earth. Nature can make us more resilient to the effects of climate change.” Daniel, Action for Conservation.

These works were made in collaboration with a group of young people from climate action charity Action for Conservation. We used photography to explore nature-based solutions to climate change including using plant based photographic techniques, such as anthotypes, a photographic print made using spinach.

Gwen Riley Jones is an award winning photographer, currently Socially Engaged Photographer in Residence at University of Salford Art Collection in partnership with Open Eye Gallery. Gwen has exhibited nationally and internationally, recent exhibitions include Planting for the Planet, a LOOK Photography Biennial exhibition in collaboration with RHS Bridgewater and University of Salford.



Photo Fringe invited artists to propose a single image to engage audiences and help us imagine a greener, fairer world. Artists were asked to respond to the question “How can photography make a difference to the climate crisis?"

The resulting outdoor exhibition of selected images by twenty artists can be found on Worthing seafront until the end of April 2023.

Sponsored by Metro Imaging Ltd with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Fund and Worthing Borough Council.