2018/01/26

Wye Valley River Festival 5 May - 19 May 2018

Wye Valley River Festival 2018

Seeds have been sown for the Wye Valley River Festival 2018. There are whispers in the woods of the dates being 5th - 19th May 2018 and TREES being the theme. As the sap quickens and the branches grow watch Wye Valley River Festival 2018 and the Facebook page for more details.

Wye Valley River Festival 2018
Facebook page

Monmouth Museum
Priory Street, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, NP25 3XA

https://www.facebook.com/wyevalleyriverfestival/posts/1116750111794537

https://www.facebook.com/wyevalleyriverfestival/posts/1126772520792296

2017/11/22

Art Bermondsey Project Space - The Arborealists: The Art of Trees 2017

Goetsch Winckler 4 by Jemma Appleby

The Arborealists: The Art of Trees 2017
curated by Philippa Beale
12 December 2017-13 January 2018

Gallery one



The appearance of the Arborealists in 2013 is an extraordinary phenomenon within the pervading orthodoxy in an art world that values post modernist objects, film and popular culture. Where events, interventions and installations engage the viewer, what can ‘tree painters’ (the Arborealists are for the most part painters), offer a public that is understandably titillated by Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst. Nevertheless, the incredible success of the David Hockney exhibition at the Tate proves that the general public are still interested in artists who reveal nature. 

In recent years, many artists have discovered that trees have become one of their most penetrating of influences. The story of their existence and survival is intrinsic to our history and culture, they are even a part of our political landscape. They are a metaphor for our own survival. They live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. As ‘specimens’, they also can stand alone, not out of choice but like brave, solitary people who stand up to be counted, like ‘the one just man’ who does not remain silent when evil is done.

Trees represent the holy, the exemplary, the beautiful and the strength required of mankind. Cut down a tree and it reveals its whole history in the rings of its trunk, all its scars, struggles and suffering. The attacks of axe, saw and storms leave scars but as every forester knows, the hardest woods have the narrowest rings and it is in the most infertile places that the strongest and most indestructible trees grow. Trees permeate our history providing inspiration for religions, literature, poetry, visual art and architecture. 

Philippa Beale.

Vaux en Couhé, France, May 2017

Excerpt from the exhibition catalogue.
Catalogue available (French/English)



L’émergence des Arboréalistes en 2013 est un phénomène assez extraordinaire au sein de l'orthodoxie prévalente d’un monde artistique qui valorise les objets post-modernistes, le cinéma et la culture populaire. Face aux performances, aux interventions et aux installations qui font participer le spectateur, alors que peuvent encore offrir des « peintres d'arbres » ? Et les Arboréalistes sont pour la plupart des peintres. Que peuvent-ils offrir aussi à un public qui est habitué à Jeff Koons et Damian Hirst ? Néanmoins le succès incroyable de l'exposition David Hockney à la Tate Gallery prouve que le grand public s'intéresse toujours aux artistes qui montrent la nature.

Ces dernières années, de nombreux artistes ont reconnu dans les arbres une de leurs influences les plus pénétrantes. L'histoire de leur existence et de leur survie fait partie intégrante de notre histoire et de notre culture. Ils font même partie de notre paysage politique. Ils sont une métaphore de notre propre survie. Ils vivent en tribus et en familles, dans les forêts et les bosquets. Ils peuvent aussi rester des « spécimens » solitaires, non par choix, mais comme des personnes seules, courageuses qui se dressent, pour être comptées comme « le seul juste », celui qui ne se tait pas lorsque le mal est commis.

Les arbres symbolisent l'exemplarité, la beauté et la force dont l'humanité a besoin. Coupez un arbre et il révèle toute son histoire dans les anneaux de son tronc, toutes ses cicatrices, ses combats et ses souffrances. Les attaques de la hache, de la scie et des tempêtes laissent des cicatrices, mais comme tous les forestiers le savent, les bois les plus durs ont les anneaux les plus serrés et c'est dans les endroits les plus infertiles que croissent les arbres les plus forts et les plus indestructibles. Les arbres irriguent notre histoire. Ils inspirent les religions, la littérature, la poésie, l'art visuel et l'architecture.

Philippa Beale.

Vaux en Couhé, France, Mai 2017

Traduction Guillaume Brandy

Extrait du catalogue d'exposition
Catalogue disponible (français/anglais)




December 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Opening times:
Mon: By appointment
Tues - Sat: 11:00 - 18:00
Sun: Closed 

Art Bermondsey Project Space

2017/11/17

Arborealists Annual General Meeting 2017

Arborealists AGM 2017


Twenty of The Arborealists met at The South Bank Centre on November 17th 2017 for their Annual General Meeting. Their agenda was to discuss past events and their success, to welcome new members to the group and to look forward to future planned exhibitions and proposals.
An energetic and enthusiastic discussion was held, presided over by Tim Craven who introduced new members who were in attendance.

The group has grown to 57 members, and continues to expand with all members offering unique skills and experience which are essential to their ethos, ecological concerns and professionalism.


The next twelve months include five forthcoming exhibitions across the UK and France with the continuing development of future projects.

2017/10/28

Second week-end at Lady Park Wood and film making

FILM PROJECT: ARBOREALISTS IN LADY PARK WOOD - October 2017


In partnership with George, Peterken and with sponsorship support, we have commissioned a film about Lady Park Wood and our responses to be shown at the festival and other public events.

Inspired by the success of a Kickstarter project last year in which Fiona McIntyre raised £10,000 and after a brain storming session with the ever positive fellow Arborealist Richard Bavin and Fiona decided to instigate the making of a short documentary film which would publicise this unique scientific and artistic collaboration in Lady Park Wood. 

Richard Bavin expertly co-ordinated two field trips with the artists in Lady Park and, as executive producer, Fiona was tasked with managing the film project from start to finish as well as raising funds to enable filming and editing. This included sponsorship from three sources: Forestry Commission, CAP.Co (with thanks to a kind introduction by Alex Egan) and Pegasus Art as well as generous contributions from artists and supportive individuals.

Sourcing the best film maker for the job involved interviewing three talented film makers but it was the London based Kashfi Halford whom impressed Fiona the most with her obvious passion for the environment. Their first meeting was on her houseboat moored on the river Thames where she told Fiona about several of her very inspiring projects including 'The End of the Line'  which was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and British Independent Film Award for best documentary about over fishing of the oceans. As a film maker Kashfi could clearly combine a passionate interest in environmental issues with skilled camerawork, sympathetic interview techniques and a variety of interesting cameras including having a license to fly a camera drone. In addition she would be directing the film and using her considerable skills in editing it. Commissioning her was a no brainer! www.kashfihalford.com www.manuvalcarce.co.uk

Filming began in earnest on the 28th and 29th October 2017 with the help of assistant film maker and photographer Manuel Valcarce. This included insightful interviews with George Peterken and Tim Craven as well as all twelve of the participating artists and guest artist and botanist Susan Peterken. A variety of cameras gathered visual material of the woodland with close-ups of trees and drone footage from above the canopy and along the woodland floor. The sounds of the woodland were also recorded. The artists were filmed at work sketching, drawing and painting their responses to the environment.

Participants in the film:
Robert Amesbury Brooks
Richard Bavin
Ann Blockley
Tim Craven
Annabel Cullen
Tom Deakins
Jane Eaton
Alex Egan
Jelly Green
Fiona McIntyre
George Peterken
Susan Peterken
Lesley Slight
Jacqueline Wedlake-Hatton

The Wye Valley Festival and exhibition at Monmouth Museum in 2018 will be a prime opportunity to play the film to the general public as well as being a permanent record of a unique collaboration. With environmental issues becoming urgent and with the help of science and art it is hoped that populations can be awakened to re-wilding projects such as Lady Park Wood which will significantly enrich our understanding of the symbiotic relationship of trees and habitat for generations to come. With the internet playing a greater role in communication this film will be a fantastic tool for us as Arborealists and for George Peterken and the Forestry Commission to reach a much wider and more international audience. 
(Fiona McIntyre)


2017/07/02

Dortoir des Moines de Saint-Benoît

The Arborealists
Les arbres de la Vienne

Poitiers, France
du 3 au 31 juillet 2017


9h - 12h30 et  13h30 - 18h
du lundi au samedi
Monday to Saturday



Ouvert dimanches 9 et 30 juillet
Open on  Sunday 9 and 30 July
de 13h30 à 18h


Vernissage vendredi 7 juillet
Private view Friday 7 July


17h30 - 19h30


Trente artistes internationaux




Jacqueline Wedlake Hatton, Snake, Serpent



Fondé en 2013 au Royaume-Uni, le groupe 'The Arborealists' rassemble aujourd'hui une cinquantaine d'artistes internationaux réunis par leur intérêt commun pour les arbres, pour leur représentation et leur préservation. Ils organisent régulièrement des expositions Outre-Manche et présentent pour la première fois leurs travaux en France à Saint-Benoît.


Office de Tourisme/ADECT
11, rue Paul Gauvin
86280 SAINT-BENOIT
Tél/fax : 05 49 47 44 53
ot@saintbenoit86.fr
www.ville-saint-benoit.fr

2017/04/29

Lady Park Wood Project

Lady Park Wood Project 2017-2018


The Lady Park Wood collaboration first began as the result of an invitation by ecologist George Peterken after he stumbled across the 'Arborealists: Art of the Tree' catalogue and had the vision to recognise the benefits of working together on an ecological/artistic project. 

Lady Park Wood is an ancient wood above a gorge in the lower Wye Valley.  As a scientific experiment it has been left unmanaged for over 70 years, studied and recorded by George Peterken who is a renowned woodland ecologist.  

George invited the Arborealists to come and work in the wood and respond in our own way as artists, the first results to be shown in Monmouth Museum in May 2018 as part of the Wye Valley River Festival.  

As you can see from the photos of Lady Park Wood the inspiration was plentiful and we were grateful for the chance to explore and record this fascinating landscape.
(Richard Bavin)


First Arborealists weekend in Lady Park Wood
29 & 30 April, 2017

2017/04/03

Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, Gloucester


The Arborealists
at Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, Gloucester

11th April 2017 – 14th May 2017

natureinart.org.uk/event/the-arborealists/


"A celebration of trees, with work almost exclusively by members of The Arborealists, a group of 43 artists with a national profile, from Wales to East Anglia and Sussex to Cornwall, of diverse art practice, philosophy, scale, medium, style and technique, who share the rich and versatile subject of the tree."

2016/10/18

The Arborealists at Waterstones Piccadilly on Friday 28th October 2016

The Art of the Tree

on Friday 28th October 2016, 06:30 pm

Join members of the Arborealist group on Friday 28th October 06:30 pm at Waterstones Piccadilly bookshop to discuss their work and the significance of trees in their art. 


The Arborealists: The Art of the Tree


To look inside the book,
please click on the cover image above

Waterstones Piccadilly
London - Piccadilly
203/206 Piccadilly
London, W1J9HD
www.waterstones.com





Sansom & Co
81g Pembroke Road
Clifton
Bristol BS8 3EA

128 pages, over 70 full colour illustrations, including works of :

Jemma Appleby, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Jo Barry, Richard Bavin, Philippa Beale, Mick Bennett, John Blandy, Karen Bowers, Guillaume Brandy, Brandy-Dalschaert, Robert Brooks, Hannah Brown, Emma Buckmaster, Peter Clossick, Gary Colclough, Tim Craven, Blaze Cyan, Francis Dalschaert, Celia De SerraSimon Dorrell, Michelle Dovey, Janet French, Sarah Harding, Dan Hays, Fiona Hingston, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Hannah Maybank, Fiona McIntyre, Wladyslaw Mirecki, Annie Ovenden, Alex Pemberton, Julian Perry, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Nick Schlee, Lesley Slight, Angela Summerfield

2016/10/14

The Arborealists at Vaux

The Arborealists visit Vaux
to prepare future exhibition near Poitiers in July 2017


From 14th to 16th October, a group of Arborealists visited the village of Vaux and its area, near Poitiers, France.

Their purpose was to collect images of trees for paintings to be exhibited at Le Dortoir des Moines, Saint Benoit, near Poitiers, France in July 2017.

Saint-Benoit Abbey
near Poitiers

Les Arboréalistes visitent Vaux
et préparent leur future exposition à Poitiers en juillet 2017

Du 14 au 16 octobre un groupe d'Arboréalistes a visité le village de Vaux et sa région afin de collecter des images d'arbres en préparation de leur exposition au Dortoir des Moines de Saint Benoit en Juillet 2017.

Arborealists and their friends
at Francis and Guillaume studio in Couhé

The old bridge at the village of Vaux
upon the river "La Bouleur"

Philippa Beale presenting her work
'Chemin de Croix' or 'Stations of the Cross'
at the XII th. century Church of the Virgin at Vaux

Carved corbels called "modillons"
on the facade of the church of Vaux

The river "Le Clain" at Anché

2016/09/25

"A Tree Within" by Arborealist Fiona McIntyre

"A Tree Within"

An exhibition to coincide with the publication of Arborealist artist Fiona McIntyre new book 'A Tree Within'.

A monograph with interview by Art Historian Dr. Alan Wilkinson and a foreword by Southampton curator Tim Craven. The book explores Fiona's artistic development from Edinburgh to Scandinavia to the Cotswolds until her recent incarnation as an Arborealist.


http://sansomandcompany.co.uk/shopping/fiona-mcintyre-a-tree-within/



Exhibition
14th September - 31st October
The Bishop’s Palace
Wells - Somerset - BA5 2PD

Telephone: 01749 988111
Jo.watkinson@bishopspalace.org.uk

https://bishopspalace.org.uk

http://www.fionamcintyre.com/index.aspx?sectionid=1212414

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". 



2016/04/21

Private view at St-Barbe

Thursday 21 April 2016
Fabulous launch of major exhibition

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington 23rd April – 3rd June 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended

2016/03/22

The Arborealists – trees in contemporary art at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington



The Arborealists – trees in contemporary art exhibition
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington 23rd April – 3rd June 2016


The Arborealists, a major new exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington will showcase works by 35 contemporary artists on the common theme of trees. Although united in their subject, they use an incredibly varied set of working practices. The exhibition opens on Saturday 23rd April and runs until Saturday, 3rd June 2016.

In 2013, St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery mounted a successful two-part exhibition Under the Greenwood – Picturing the British Tree; the second exhibition featured contemporary artists’ responses to the subject. Such was the impact of this show, and the spirit of camaraderie engendered in a truly diverse group of artists, that they took on a more permanent identity as the Arborealists.

The artists have joined together for exhibitions in galleries across the south and are now coming to St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in April. 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.

Those exhibiting include Jemma Appleby, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Jo Barry, Guillaume Brandy and Francis Dalschaert, Tim Craven, Michelle Dovey, Dan Hays, Ffiona Lewis, Fiona McIntyre, Wladyslaw Mirecki, Michael Porter, Howard Phipps and Celia de Serra.

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

The Arborealists at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery will be open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Tickets, which include entry into the museum, cost £6 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and students, £3 for children aged 5-15 years and £12 for a family of two adults and up to four children (including a voluntary gift aid donation); under fives are admitted free of charge. For details visit www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk or telephone 01590 676969.


Press release (pdf)



www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/whats-on/current-exhibition.php

2016/01/07

Next exhibition

The Arborealists will stage their third exhibition at St Barbe Museum and Art gallery, Lymington. The Arborealists , 23rd April – 4th June 2016, will feature new works by 35 artists  and each will show just one work to emphasise the diversity of art practice prevalent within the group – in terms of size, medium, style and philosophy.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication on the group. This will include an introduction on art historical links, the origins and development of the group by Tim Craven, an essay entitled “Why do Artists Paint Trees” by Dr Angela Summerfield, an essay entitled “Cultivation of Trees and western Culture” by Philippa Beale and a survey on of the work by the exhibiting artists by art historian Peter Davies. The catalogue will be fully illustrated together with a statement by each artist.

St Barbe is an excellent art gallery in the heart of the New Forest and was the venue for the group’s originating exhibition, Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree in 2013. It’s great to be back with more and new artists!



Ann Arnold 1936-2015

Ann Arnold exhibited with the Arborealists at The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, in 2014 and at Mottisfont Abbey NT, Romsey, in 2015. She also showed in the seminal Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree exhibition at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, in 2013 – the originating exhibition for the Arborealists. Ann was a brilliant artist with an strong personal, pastoral vision and she will be sorely missed.

Ann was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and brought up in Surrey. She was educated at Sutton High School for Girls. Despite being beset by illness, she graduated in painting at Epsom School of Art. Also in Epsom she was introduced to the Burgh Heath Centre for the care of young people with mental illness, where a range of the arts, music, drama and especially painting were employed as therapy. At the forefront of a new profession, Ann trained to become an art therapist, working in many hospitals and she also assisted with setting-up the first degree course. Ann later founded the Association of Art Therapists. In 1961 she married the painter Graham Arnold and together they, and David Inshaw founded the Broadheath Brotherhood of artists, the forerunner of the celebrated Brotherhood of Ruralists of which she was also a member. 
The Brotherhood of Ruralists staged its inaugural exhibition at The Royal Academy in 1976. The seven members who included Peter Blake of Pop Art fame, proclaimed to express through personal vision and experience of their native heritage, a celebration of the English countryside. A ruralist is defined as someone who moves to the country from the city, and this was largely true of the group. The brotherhood believed that Romanticism was a neglected strand in British art, and that if re-introduced, might solve some of the problems that they believed were rife in much of contemporary painting. They looked for inspiration to the art of William Blake, Samuel Palmer and the Brotherhood of Ancients, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and to Victorian painting, design and photography in general. They profoundly disagreed with the view espoused by modern art orthodoxy that the sensibility and practice of their favourite nineteenth century artists were merely an eccentric dead-end and marginal to the progression of mainstream western art.

The Ruralists’ unfashionable stance however struck a chord and with assistance from substantial media publicity (including a BBC film) and various sell-out touring exhibitions, enjoyed huge popular success. Espousing a Romantic approach to art and life, their vision is encapsulated by a John Piper quote as: of something significant beyond ordinary significance, something that for a moment seems to contain the whole world and when that moment is past carries over comment on life or experience besides the comment on appearances.

In 1974 Ann and Graham moved to south west Shropshire where they acquired a steep hill of 50 acres. With the help of a tree specialist friend, they planted 6,000 trees on the hill. Ann was continuously inspired to draw and paint the surrounding landscape and she exhibited widely, at prestigious galleries throughout the UK and as far afield as Berlin and Tokyo to universal acclaim. Ann was an academician of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts.

Tim Craven

2015/10/17

Meet the Arborealists at Mottisfont

On Saturday 17 october 2015, visitors met some of the Arborealists artists who created new works for the exhibition 'Art of trees' at Mottisfont Abbey. Each artists talked about how they work and what inspires them, on their influences and art practice with trees.





2015/09/19

The Art of Trees at Mottisfont Abbey


Arborealists: The Art of Trees

19 September - 15 November 2015 - 11am - 5pm 

Jemma Appleby

Our new exhibition celebrates the art of trees through paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture this autumn. Created especially for us, 'Arborealists: the Art of Trees' draws on a rich tradition of the tree as a vital subject for art.

Trees have proved an important source of artistic inspiration for centuries. From John Constable to David Hockney, artists have employed the largest plant on earth as a metaphor, symbol, decoration and stylistic device.

A new group of contemporary artists called the Arborealists are now adding fresh work to this tradition. Following a highly successful exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, the Arborealists are creating a unique show for Mottisfont, which will include new work exhibited for the first time.

Centred on the single subject of the tree, a versatile and rich subject for art, a key feature of the group is diversity of art practice with regard to medium, scale, philosophy, style and technique.
On display will be intricate pencil drawings of root systems, gorgeous autumnal colours and beautiful natural sculpture. Minutely detailed drawings, delicate wood engravings and fine etchings resonate with vibrant, and expressive watercolours and oil paintings. Complex trees drawn from life will contrast with conceptual forest landscapes.

Former National Trust forester John Surplice has worked on fallen trees found around the grounds and estate to reveal spectacular sculptural forms. Lizzie Sykes worked with older performers' group Mind the Gap as part of an artist's residency at Mottisfont to create The Greeting, a film that grew from the group's responses to trees here.

Full list of appearing artists: Robert Amesbury-Brookes, Jemma Appleby, Ann Arnold, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Jo Barry, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Hannah Brown, Peter Clossick, Gary Colclough, Marcus Cornish, Tim Craven, Dalschaert and Brandy, Michelle Dovey, Kurt Jackson, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Hannah Maybank, Fiona McIntyre, Alexander Pemberton, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Julian Perry, Nick Schlee, Celia de Serra, Lesley Slight, Angela Summerfield, John Surplice and Lizzie Sykes.