Water Rising: making art in storm and calm
9 March - 1 June
Water Rising: 9 March - 1 June
GroundWork Gallery sits directly on a river, the Purfleet, which is is tributary of the Great Ouse which we can see from our windows. We are in a flood plain and water is both our benevolent neighbour, having for centuries brought the trade and commerce which is the source of the Town’s wealth, and its greatest threat, in our current era of climate change.
An exhibition about water is topical and timely. United Kingdom Climate Projections 2018, predict that sea level will rise by 1.15 metres by 2100, enough to submerge London. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/collaboration/ukcp/
We need to think carefully how to meet this challenge.
Water Rising: making art in storm and calm, features 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 includes 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.
Sadly, the artist Susan Hiller, a key exhibitor in Water Rising, died during the preparation for the show. She was pleased to be part of it. We will miss her presence but are privileged still to be able to enjoy her considerable legacy in her wonderful dramatic work.