This Arts Council England funded exhibition has been several years in the making and finally comes together to end this multi-venue tour at The Alfred East Art Gallery. The project by Northamptonshire artist Claire Morris-Wright has grown immensely from the seed of its early beginnings. The body of Claire’s own work will form the exhibition in the Large Gallery from 17th November and runs until 5th January.
Claire will also be collaborating with MIND and The CE Academy to deliver two community workshops, with the results being exhibited for a week as part of The Hedge Project exhibition.
Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“It’s such a privilege to welcome Claire Morris-Wright and this fascinating project to Kettering. We hope many people will take delight in this touring artwork and take part in the community workshops with MIND and The CE Academy.”
Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Youth, said:
“The Alfred East Art Gallery continues to build and work in partnership with the local community and Arts Council England to support artists with great projects such as this. I look forward to seeing this exhibition which is available to view for free!”
The Hedge Project Background
Hedges play an important role in our lives in both urban and rural environments. They contain animals, humans and define edges, borders and boundaries, harbouring a chaotic structure with a natural order. Easily overlooked, these living ecosystems, often endangered, are the subject of an art project in 2018. A hedge in a small village in Northamptonshire sits quietly on a horizon, stretching over a hill for over 300 metres.
Artist Claire Morris-Wright has regularly walked along it in all seasons, looking and noticing the changes and recording this through drawing, painting, textile and print. The result of this study is a body of artwork, which explores the fascination with a natural structure, which is imbued with a surprisingly powerful range of symbols and metaphor.
“To be working from one hedge and to produce such exquisite and wide-ranging work is nothing short of remarkable. We can glean much in the way of engagement with and understandings of Claire’s work from the natural or organic sources she uses to both execute some of pieces and create some of the colours she uses.”
Eddie Chambers. Professor of contemporary art history at the University of Texas. Claire Morris Wright was awarded funding from Arts Council England to run a project based on the artwork, which engages groups and people with issues of the environment, ecologies and wildlife.
The exhibition launched on September 28th at the first venue, Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham https://www.lakesidearts.org.uk
Claire Morris-Wright is one of the founding members of Knighton Lane Artists’ Studios and Leicester Print Workshop and has exhibited widely. She was Artist in residence at Loughborough University, interviewed about her work by BBC Radio 4 and has a public art piece at the Curve Theatre Leicester.
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The Alfred East Art Gallery is situated in Sheep Street, Kettering, easy to get to by train, bus or by car. It is near the library and close to the parish church of St Peter and Paul.