A Conversation with Nature – new solo exhibition by Mark Dickens (4 June 2024)

You are cordially invited to the Private Viewing of a New Solo Exhibition by Mark DickensA Conversation with Nature“, which will take place at the Terrace Gallery at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 4th June 2024 from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be open from 10am – 8pm every day until Sunday 30th June 2024. You can RSVP to: acwnmanarat@gmail.com

To view a flipbook version of the exhibition catalogue click here

To download a pdf of the exhibition catalogue click here

Two of the works were created in collaboration with two members of the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi team:
Dr Mark Jonathan Beech (Curatorial & Scientific Lead, Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi)
Professor Phil Manning (Chair of Natural History, University of Manchester, UK).
…. who both contributed some text to the artwork “A Natural World – Conversation”. Mixed Media on Paper with original quotations from Prof. Phillip L. Manning and Dr Mark Beech, 51cms x 41 cms.



Dr Mark Jonathan Beech (left) together with the artist Mark Dickens (right)


Professor Phil Manning (Chair of Natural History, University of Manchester, UK).

Natural History is our past, present and future. This deep history was born along with time itself. Our Sun was distilled from the billions of stars in the Universe and nurtured a seemingly impossible foothold for life. Earth’s story is 4.6 billion years in the making, but is still being written today. Natural History has been bound to our species since the dawn of time, but we have neglected this relationship, this primordial score, one whose rhythm and language has seemingly been forgotten….we once spoke fluent nature. The beat of the natural world still lifts our hearts and opens our minds to the endless forms most beautiful that surround us. We must learn how to engage in a conversation with nature, but not forget to listen.


Dr Mark Jonathan Beech (Curatorial & Scientific Lead, Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi)

In the tapestry of time, where epochs intertwine,
Lie the whispers of ages, tales carved in stone divine.
In the dance of millennia, where the Earth’s secrets sleep,
Palaeontology and archaeology their ancient vigils keep.

Through the corridors of eons, where shadows softly creep,
They sift through the sands, where forgotten memories weep.
Each fossil, a chapter, in nature’s grand design,
Reveals the symphony of life, in its rhythms sublime.

From primordial seas to towering peaks that climb,
They traverse the longue durée, in search of the sublime.
For in the annals of time, where history’s echoes chime,
Lies the essence of existence, in the passage of time.


The exhibition is sponsored by:

Yalla – Abu Dhabi Life
Saadiyat Rotana & Villas – Abu Dhabi
British Chamber of Commerce – Abu Dhabi
Siminetti – Luxury Mother of Pearl Surfaces

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I am one of the people who appears in the Voices of Advocacy video campaign (english version) to promote the Saadiyat Cultural District.

Two of my curatorial colleagues from the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi (NHMAD), Noora Abdulla Albalooshi and Hamad Younis Almarzooqi, also appear in the arabic version of the Voices of Advocacy video.

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Today marked the launch of the Saadiyat Cultural District Abu Dhabi media campaign. Several videos were released, as well as stories released in the press.

The National, 22 May 2024
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The Art Newspaper, 22 May 2024
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Time Out Abu Dhabi, 22 May 2024
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Time Out Dubai, 22 May 2024
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The National, 22 May 2024
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The National, 22 May 2024

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