The Flute & the Bowl

The Oxford Society

for Art and Science 

The Flute & the Bowl is an Oxford University society dedicated to the practice of art and ecology. Bringing together a heterogeneous community of practitioners from diverse fields, this society serves as a platform for joint-projects, collaborations, and discussions between the arts, sciences and the humanities, that aim to be of service to the More-than-human World.

As impending environmental crisis adds new urgency to our efforts to extricate ourselves from a cartesian, dualist cosmology that has led us to this ecological dead-end, extricating ourselves will take a collective effort: No one field can claim to hold the solutions to a crisis that is as much cultural and spiritual as it is environmental.

The two key practices of this society feed off of each other to integrate the efforts of artists and scientists in their joint undertaking of transitioning our cultural relationship to the natural world from one of exploitation, disconnect and antagonism to one of reciprocity, interconnection and mutualism.

The Flute & Bowl is currently running the University of Oxford Art, Biodiversity and Climate Network (ABC Network). For ABC Network site click HERE

The Flute & the Bowl aims to serve two key practices:

1. To facilitate collaborative projects between the arts and sciences that would "act as a flute for the natural world," i.e. act as an instrument through which the natural world can communicate itself.

2. To facilitate collaborative projects between the arts and sciences that would "act as a bowl for the natural world," i.e. to hold, protect and conserve the natural world, sharing of it sustainably within our More-than-human communities.

About Us


Anya Gleizer

President and Founder

Eleanor Capstick


Katja Lehmann

Ecology Consultant

Thea Stevens

Treasurer &

 Climate Society Chair 

Jinjoon Lee

Art Consultant

Amillin Hussain


College liaison

Our Team

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Current Projects

The Art, Biodiversity and Climate (ABC) Network is a new initiative by the Flute & Bowl, Oxford Biodiversity and the Oxford ONE Network for Environmental Research. With the help of TORCH and the University of Oxford, the ABC Network will continue the work of the Flute & Bowl in preparation for the COP26 and for the year 2021-2022


The Indigenous Epistemologies Reading Group brings together researchers and students interested in engaging with indigenous perspectives, methodologies and epistemologies in their work and research. This reading group is a weekly gathering in which we critically explore the mechanisms and methods of knowledge production that we engage with in our own research through the lens of indigenous methods of world-knowing and world-making. We share and discuss indigenous scholarship, its intersection with the "western" academy, national politics, and corporate interests. We explore questions of sovereignty, epistemic oppression, relational worldviews and performative knowledge-making.

Indigenous Epistemologies Reading Group

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The Flute & Bowl and Mansfield College are hosting a series of creative workshops for students who want to participate in an interdisciplinary program culminating in an exhibition of your work.  The series of workshops will be focused on engaging creative methods and nonconformist thinking in your research, creating interdepartmental collaborations, and looking at historic examples of unconventional thinking that led to advances and paradigm shifts in our understanding of our collective world.

Artwork by Katie Holten

Tropical Leaves

Figuring Feasible Futures:

At the Confluence of Art & Science

Cohort 2019-2020

In collaboration with the Oxford Climate Society, 

The Flute & the Bowl is offering 18 Ruskin students and 18 science students from across the University of Oxford an opportunity to participate in a joint Art-Science programme dedicated to dreaming forth possible socially just, inclusive, ecological futures and enacting/representing this collective imaginarium through the visual arts.  The resulting collaborative art works (in any medium) will be shown in the 6b Arts Center in Paris, France in a group show during the interim between Hilary and Trinity terms. Participants will get to participate in facilitated workshops and retreats free of charge, to help them develop and implement their interdisciplinary projects and create their works of art. 



Society Constitution

Society Code of Conduct

Diversity and Equality Policy

University of Oxford Environmental and Sustainability Policy



Hannah Nazri 

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Jinjoon Lee


Amillin Hussain

Urban Development

Méadhbh O'Connor


Lilygol Sedaghat

Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance

Anya Gleizer

Artist & Ecologist

Eleanor Capstick


Maya Adams

Environmental Change and Management

Theo Stanley

Environmental Governance

Ming Zee Tee


Rupert Stuart-Smith

Geography and Environmental Governance

Imogen Malpas

Medical Anthropology

Rowan Ireland


Shanley McConnell

Poet & Creative Writer

Emily Seccombe

Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

Crystal Ma

Artist and Biologist

Zac Cesaro


Mi Park


Rachel Qiu


Hohee Cho


Emily Warner

Plant Scientist

James Scott


Thea Stevens


Harrison Taylor


Georgia Crowther


Leo Geyer


Willow Senior


Calder Tsuyuki Tomlinson

Environmental Governance

Katja Lehmann

Aquatic Ecologist and Opera director

Kate Cullen

Water Science & Policy

Tegan O'Hara


Leonard Magerl

Environmental Change and Management

Bridget Stuart


Alice Hackney


Samuel Gledhill

Economics and Management

Pablo Fernandez Velasco

Cognitive Scientist


Past Projects

The Flute & the Bowl

Art & Science

Art & Climate Change Workshops 2018-19

The Flute & the Bowl

Art & Science

Diffracting Matters Art-Science Exhibition at the North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford. 2019

Sponsor Us

At the Flute and the Bowl we are always grateful for your contributions towards our ongoing exhibitions, publications, workshops and projects. If you or your company are interested in supporting our work of bringing art and ecology into the conversation, please drop us a line. We will be here to listen to your contributions and take our collaboration forward into a greener future!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!


I saw myself

a ring of bone

in the clear stream

of all of it


and vowed,

always to be open to it

that all of it

might flow through



and then heard

“ring of bone” where

ring is what a


bell does

                     Lew Welch

"We must learn to behold and hold all this dying and loss, including our own, and still act to preserve and protect what we can."                                                             - Bill Plotkin

  The Flute            the Bowl


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