Creative Torbay / Events / Fri 22nd Jul to Tue 30th Aug 2011 (1 month) Art on the English Riviera
Exhibition Opens Friday 22nd July
Art on the English Riviera at Cockington has 4 stands
Mike Fletcher’s Hazel Cloud - this major piece of Land Art needs YOU to help create it!
for details of how you can help 22-27th july
West Country ceramic greats in the Court’s new Kitchen Gallery - ceramics loaned from The Dartington Hall Trust Collection and a private collector featuring the work of Bernard Leach will be showcased
World premiere Henry Bruce’s Horizon Cube. Horizon Cube is Henry Bruce’s first piece of outdoor sculpture since his Dartmoor Chair. It has links to the landscape, both in the literal sense and through imagination.
The 20 demonstration craft studios and the Bovey Guild of Craftsmen’s new retail unit showcasing the very best of the West Country’s craft makers.
World premiere of Henry Bruce’s Horizon Cube - Art on The English Riviera
Cockington Court Craft Centre will host the world premiere of Henry Bruce’s Horizon Cube exhibition from Friday 22 July to Monday 29 August.
The Horizon Cube is Henry Bruce’s first piece of outdoor sculpture since his Dartmoor Chair creation, and has links to the landscape, both in the literal sense and through imagination.
Horizon Cube comprises man-made materials including steel and aluminium and reflects composition in nature and organic and natural materials. This has been achieved through a process of sketching, photography, etching and filming.
Creator Henry Bruce said: “Horizon Cube plays on perception. The cube, a platonic solid has it origins in antiquity and is associated with the earth. This sculpture, composed of man-made materials, at once jars with our perception of nature and yet sits comfortably within it.”
Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver, said: “Following on from the success of the Hirst and Gormley, Torbay is again hosting a world class exhibition, free and accessible to all residents and visitors to the area.
“Cockington is a wonderful setting for these exhibitions, and with this event there something for everyone. There is also the opportunity to visit a number of working studios with demonstrations by the resident blacksmith, glass blower and canoe maker.”
There will also be a Westcountry ceramics exhibition, featuring work from Bernard Leach, and a public participation event, Hazel Cloud, by Mike Fletcher.
The finest in Westcountry ceramics will be showcased with a selection kindly been loaned from The Dartington Hall Trust Collection and a private collector.
David Francis, Director of Arts, The Dartington Hall Trust, said: “We are really pleased to be able to loan pieces to Cockington from the Collection at Dartington for their exhibition Art on the English Riviera.
“Potters such as Bernard Leach and Marianne de Trey, who have both created work at Dartington, are important key figures in the early twentieth century studio pottery movement.
“We are very happy to be able to work with other galleries and museums in order to find new audiences for these beautiful works of art.”
The Hazel Cloud, a temporary public piece of land art, with hundreds of sticks, ranging from four foot to 24 foot, will be planted by members of the public from 22 July to 27 July.
Hazel sticks will be covered with the rich red soil from the ground and will change from silver to red during the week. During the following six weeks the weather will change the sticks back to hazel. The impressive landscape installation will be interactive with adults and children able to walk between the sticks.
The launch of the exhibition coincides with the opening of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s shop at Cockington. This is the Guild’s first expansion outside its base in Bovey Tracey