2016/08/26

Westonbirt Treefest

The Westonbirt Treefest exhibition will showcase the work of about 12 Arborealists and their new fully illustrated publication will also be on sale.


Westonbirt Arboretum
26th August - 31st August


The Arborealists are a 40 strong group of artists of diverse art practice who share the subject of the tree. From 2013 these artists have joined together for exhibitions in galleries across the south of England to national acclaim, including The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, and St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington. Their artworks are at turns dramatic and contemplative, demonstrating that trees still have relevance in contemporary art and retain the power to move us all as a vital element in our landscape and sense of national identity.

Trees provide a wonderfully versatile subject for artists, not only in terms of the variety of form, character and colour they provide, whether individually or collectively, but also for their wealth of association, myth, folklore, religious, symbolic and ecological significance, which they have come to embody. In Britain trees have inspired artists from Gainsborough and Constable through to Paul Nash, the Neo-Romantics, the Ruralists and David Hockney.


2016/08/05

Art Historian Sister Wendy congratulates The Arborealists

Sister Wendy has written to St Barbe Museum, Lymington, to congratulate us on our exhibition earlier this year.

The art historian and TV presenter, who now lives a hermetic life at a nunnery in Norfolk, wrote to say how much she has enjoyed reading the fully-illustrated catalogue of The Arborealists.

Sister Wendy shot to fame in the 1990s when she presented programmes, such as ''Sister Wendy's Odyssey'' and ''Sister Wendy's Grand Tour,'' which often drew a 25 percent share of the British viewing audience. Sister Wendy made her U.S. debut on U.S. public television and that same year The New York Times described her as "a sometime hermit who is fast on her way to becoming the most unlikely and famous art critic in the history of television."

In her letter, Sister Wendy says: 

"The Arborealists catalogue has been a great joy to me. It's a magnificent concept and so well carried out".