Fragile Nature: from control to freedom
Paca Sanchez, Elspeth Owen, Lotte Scott, Emma Howell
29 June - 15 September 2019
Paca Sanchez is a modernist with plants, making exquisitely controlled art from formal arrangements of leaves, seeds, flowers, stems, twigs. Nature’s riches from her southern French studio form the nucleus of this show. Alongside her are Lotte Scott’s free forms from smoke, soil, lime: solid and evaporating elements which find their own way, dripping and billowing. Elspeth Owen’s thinnest egg-shell-like ceramics in painterly shades of blue-green-violet-grey reflect and create their own subtle and radical environment. Emma Howell, experiments with sensitive washes of thin colour to create almost abstract images of landscapes and plants, aiming to form a deeper relationship with nature and culture in her recovery from grief following her father’s death
Theories of the Earth
Shaun Fraser, Wayne Binitie, Flora Bowden, Kabir Hussain
14 October - 16 December 2018
Theories of the Earth offered a timely insight into the contemporary issues of climate change alongside deeper stories of the earth’s formation. Artist's inspiration ranged from the British Antarctic Survey’s 800,000 year-old ice-core archive, and the phenomenon of glacial water; the peat-rich highlands of Scotland and the contrasting landscapes the archaeology and ancient stones of East Anglia, Peru and India. Its title came from the seminal geological text by James Hutton Theory of the Earth (1795).
On the Edge: from transgression to frontier
Gordon Senior, Antonia Beard, Adam King, Fliss Carey
14 October - 19 December 2019
Edges can be fascinating places where eco-systems collide. Being edgy is to be at a frontier, at the avant-garde. This exhibition plays on numerous interpretations of edge confusion. Antonia Beard, fresh from an outdoor installation at Houghton Festival will adapt it to create a verdant environment in the gallery. Adam King’s installation for the stairwell is all about suburbs and encroachment of town into country. Gordon Senior’s body of works, ‘tools of uncertain use’ are more abstract and can be seen both as objects with multiple potential uses, or as nonsensical hybrids.