Water Rising - making art in storm and calm

9 March - 1 June 2019

Water Rising: making art in storm and calm, featured works by artists who are thinking about the resourcefulness we need as we live with water. How do we save water? How do we pit our strength against water? What happens when water threatens to engulph us? How do we cope when there is too much or too little water? The exhibition included work by Lynn Dennison, Simon Faithfull, Stewart Hearn, Susan Hiller, Peter Matthews, Annie Turner, Roger Coulam. Many more will be included in discussions and workshops during the course of the exhibition.

Theories of the Earth

13 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. Four artists ventured into the earth’s mysterious histories and geological formations to investigate our understanding of the changes to the environment. Wayne Binitie, Flora Bowden, Shaun Fraser and King’s Lynn artist, Kabir Hussain came together to explore the theory of deep time and the elemental and physical matter of the earth.

Regarding Nature

23 June - 16 September 2018

‘Regarding Nature’ featured photographs by Chrystel Lebas displaying the minutiae of plants and landscapes of the North Norfolk coast at a huge scale. The artist revisited research by Sir E. J. Salisbury and F.W. Oliver, which contributed to the founding of the British Ecological Society in 1913.

‘Outfalls’ and Fenland

Upstairs: 23 June - 16 September 2018

Complementing Regarding Nature: a painting-poetry collaboration by Judith Tucker and Harriet Tarlo about the Louth Navigation, a disused canal in North-East Lincolnshire, and‘Fenland’ by Kathryn Hearn, porcelain vessels inspired by the open skies, colours and mists over the  industrial farming landscapes of Cambridgeshire fens.

Trash Art

10 March - 2 June 2018

Works in sculpture and assemblage. The first UK exhibition for Dutch artist Jan Eric Visser who transforms all his inorganic household waste into sculpture. The discarded is the starting point for figures whose elegance transcends their origins. The exhibition included a whole body of new work including 11 new pieces made from trash found along the banks of the River Ouse in King's Lynn.

Bird after Bird

Shown at GroundWork Gallery, 15 July - 10 September 2017

Steel Rooms, Brigg, Lincolnshire 10 March - 28 April 2018

Following its display at GroundWork, Bird after Bird focusing on the fragility and symbolism of birds, toured to the newly refurbished galleries at the Steel Rooms, in the North Lincolnshire town of Brigg https://gallerysteelrooms.com/ajde_events/bird-after-bird/. The tour was funded by the Arts Council and the exhibition was accompanied by discussions, workshops and round-table events.

Fire and Ice

Gina Glover, Jessica Rayner & Hilary Mayo

14 October - 16 December 2017

This was an exhibition about the stresses on the environment and energy use, from fracking to solar gain. All 3 artists share a fascination with Iceland and underlying all their images are stories of climate change inspired by its dramatic landscapes....

on the stony path

herman de vries

11 March - 1 July 2017

This was the first exhibition in the UK since the mid 1990s and the very first in England for herman de vries a very distinguished and senior figure internationally in the world of art and environment. See here a record of the exhibition, including a wonderful little film he made specially for us from his Steigerwald studio...

Out of the Wood

5 November - 17 December 2016 extended to 21 January 2017

Out of the Wood celebrated trees, forests and the art of wood. The exhibition included a range of work from the lyrical to the practical. Its aim was to raise awareness of the beauty and usefulness of wood and trees in our lives, showing a variety of ways in which wood provides us with compelling imagery.

Sunlight and Gravity

15 July - 30 October 2016

This inaugural exhibition for GroundWork, celebrated a life-long friendship between two of the most innovative artists who have worked with nature, the elements and the environment. On show were some of the reliefs by Roger Ackling from the 1980s to the 2000s made with driftwood, using the rays of the sun focused with a magnifying glass as a medium to create marks.