WinACC (Winchester Action on Climate Change) and the University of Winchester are delighted to be hosting WWF's “Picture England” exhibition which opens on 8 June at The Link Gallery on Romsey Road, Winchester. Featuring photographs, text and the landscape paintings of Jane Skingley, the exhibition presents a positive vision of our countryside in the face of climate change.

People in south-east England whose lives have been affected by the changing climate shared their love of their local, natural environment - including the River Itchen and Meon Valley - and their work to protect and restore it for the benefit of present and future generations. Based on those conversations, Jane painted five landscapes to depict the beauty of these places and to inspire action to continue to protect the environment for the future. These five paintings are joined in the exhibition by further local landscapes painted by Jane.

WinACC’s Executive Director, Tom Brenan, said: “We are thrilled to be able to bring this exhibition to Winchester. WWF talked to WinACC as part of the project. With its local theme, it feels particularly appropriate to show the resulting exhibition here. It’s a very different way to convey a low carbon message while also encouraging people to reconnect with the natural environment and we hope it has broad appeal”.

Jane Skingley is a largely self-taught artist who gave up a successful career in the city to paint full time. Jane sells her work world-wide. She lives in the countryside on the border between Hampshire and Berkshire. Jane feels connected to the landscape around her and is passionate about preserving it for the future. The exhibition is on display from 8 June - 11 July at The Link Gallery, West Downs, University of Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5FT. The opening hours are: weekdays: 9am-6pm; weekends: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday by arrangement. (Weekend opening may be restricted, please email visualart@winchester.ac.uk before making a special trip).