The Bateman Foundation
Our Impact Why We Exist
Our mandate is to establish and maintain an art museum that conserves, enhances, and makes public a cultural legacy of art that creates dialogue, and inspires action, about the preservation and sustainability of the natural environment and our interdependence with nature.
We aim to inspire a passion for nature in people of all ages, through the arts, observation, experience and dialogue, and establish a deep and abiding relationship with nature as central to the human condition.
- Nature is magic
- All people have the right to access nature
- Exposure to nature is essential for our health and the health of the planet
- Every child should have the right to unstructured play in nature
- Nature is an infinite source of reason, imagination, and invention
Our Story What We Do
Robert Bateman's message is a beacon of hope for people of all ages who care about our planet.
Our Canadian public charity has a two-part mandate based on the life and works of Robert Bateman.
1. Challenge the public and society’s leaders to a new dialogue about our relationship with nature through strategic partnerships, research, collaboration and public education.
2. Assume custodianship of the intellectual property, collections and archives of Robert Bateman and other artists of nature, in perpetuity; and, to use every means possible to make the artworks and stories available to the public for education and inspiration.
We believe that nature is an infinite source of reason, imagination, and invention. At the Robert Bateman Centre, we inspire youth to explore nature through the artwork of one of Canada’s best-known artists and naturalists. We do this through our three new educational programs, professional development workshops for teachers, self-directed gallery tours, and a community outreach program.
Our Programs How We Do It
The Bateman Foundation benefits from the extensive networks and the goodwill established by Robert Bateman throughout the pro-nature sector and with business and government leaders across the world. From this wealth of wisdom and from Bateman’s constant interaction with emerging youth, voices, ideas, dialogue, and program initiatives are surfacing.
What You Can Do
With your help, the Bateman Foundation will use the power of Robert Bateman’s art to inspire individuals &msash; particularly youth — to become personal agents of change in how we treat our planet.
Please help us put nature at the centre of life.