15 February to 6 March: Inscriptions in a Landscape
work by Martin Broadbent and Richard Rochester
Reception: Friday February 17 17.00 to 19.00
Richard Rochester is a multi-media artist based in Exeter. His recent work is an exploration of our native Devon countryside and an invitation to viewers to re-evaluate places that are often taken for granted or considered too ordinary or commonplace to warrant close observation or artistic interest.
“In a country that often feels incredibly over-crowded, I never cease to be amazed at how easy it is to get away from it all. We are blessed with countless beaches, woods, moors and other wild places where we can find our own space, feel an exhilarating sense of adventure and marvel at the raw natural beauty around us. My work is an attempt to capture the essence of this.”
Martin Broadbent worked as a lithographer for many years. After completing his MA Contemporary Art Practice at Plymouth University he re-focussed his work on finding a connection between art practice and the geology of the earth. ‘Geology and its perceptions’, Martin says, ‘presents the material world in a way that entirely transforms your perceptions of time and landscape.’
About this work, Martin says:
“This project came about as a result of the Open Space events that were held at Dartington last year. It seeks to add knowledge to the Dartington story by researching the historical record and recording some of the evidence for those who are buried in the church yard. Also, where better for me as an artist interested in ‘the materiality of stone’, to investigate a site where pieces of stone embody individuals and their relationship to place, community, family, culture, and their position in the landscape.
The work seeks, where possible, to give identity to those parishioners and document their existence. This acknowledges their relationship to this place and its landscape through text and other forms of visual representation which combine documentary fieldwork with my art practice.”
9 to 27 March: The Dream & the Underworld
work by Jim Carter and Lucy Kerr
Reception: Friday March 10, 17.00 to 19.00
Based in Cornwall, Jim Carter received an MA with distinction in Art and Environment from Falmouth University. With a practice grounded in seasonal cycles of destruction and renewal, his sculpture and writing is concerned with myth and transformation in animals and landscape. A member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, his work has appeared in Unpsychology and Earthlines magazine.
As a mixed media practitioner living and working in St Germans, Cornwall, Lucy Kerr creates artistic illusions in various forms. They are a response to a meditative dislocation from our perception of the everyday. With a BA in Fine Art from The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and an MA in Authorial Illustration from Falmouth University, her work has appeared in Dark Mountain, the London Underground and Atlantic Press Books.
How to find us
Find your way to Dartington Hall
Park in the main car park (there is a small charge). Then walk DOWN the hill until you see the large blue sign for SPACE. Walk towards the buildings at the end and find us upstairs. There are signs in main reception directing you to the gallery.
If you have a blue badge, there are three parking bays available outside SPACE. They are quite often in use, so if you’d like us to reserve one for you please ring us on 07968 208583, or email us. Although the gallery is on the first floor, the building is fully wheelchair accessible.