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16th May - end date tba once lockdown has lifted

GATHERERS is a digital and physical exhibition, created in collaboration with contemporary ceramics gallery Thrown, creative space OmVed Gardens and floral design studio MetaFleur


The exhibition, hosted in OmVed Garden's striking converted greenhouse, showcases a group of 11 artists with distinctive connections to their materials. Foraged, dug, cut and collected, the materials used by the artists and makers are not just about form, but are a way of exploring their surroundings; unique stories revolving around a sense of place.

Using the medium of ceramics as a starting point, the exhibition includes wild clay projects that stretch from Tambourine Mountain, Australia, right back to OmVed Gardens itself. Slate and gorse from North Wales are combined with clay in a collection titled ‘The Gold Beneath the Gorse’ by award-winning graduate Rhiannon Gwyn, while the partnership of artists Steph Buttle and Tim Gray presents the collection ‘Unessential Items’, a series of sculptures inspired and formed by storm-revealed root balls, “all those hidden tendrils suddenly discovered and looking mysterious”, found on the Dorset coast. 

The ceramic work and exhibition content will be further expanded with foraged floral displays from Metafleur flower studio. This will include an intertwined collaborative wild garden installation by Metafleur’s founder Alice McCabe and ceramicist Zuleika Melluish on the central stage.

Originally part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival, and now due to open during lockdown, the exhibition will exist in the digital sphere to begin with, enabling you to experience foraged art through Virtual Reality, online workshops, film and photography.

To read more about my part in 'Gatherers', click here.

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