2018/09/29

St.Ives Society of Artists Mariners Gallery, 29 September - 20 November 2018

Arborealist Exhibition in St. Ives Mariners Gallery


We are delighted to have been invited by The St. Ives Society of Artists to exhibit in The Mariners Gallery from 29th September 2018 for seven weeks until 20th November. Some of their esteemed members will be joining the exhibition as guest artists when Arborealists will be exhibiting their work.
Situated in Norway Square, amongst the narrow streets of former fishermen's cottages in Virgin Street, Teetotal Street, or Salubrious Place, this big, light, airy gallery was once the main body of the former Mariners Church. 
St. Ives has always attracted artists to its rugged charismatic coastline and harbour and is of course home to Tate St. Ives which will be opening its Autumn exhibition during the show.

The private view will be held on September 29 4-6pm all welcome.

2018/09/01

East Anglian Arborealists at Flatford Mill

Arborealists show at The Boat House Gallery, Flatford Mill



Arborealists residing in East Anglia are showing their artwork at The Boat House Gallery at the National Trust site of Flatford Mill, famous for being the subject of John Constable paintings, for example the Hay Wain or Boatbuilding near Flatford Mill among many others.
Flatford lies in the heart of the beautiful Dedham Vale. 



Exhibiting from September 1 -  October 28  2018 are Arborealists  Jelly Green,  Tom Deakins, Wladyslaw Mirecki, Claire Cansick, Lara Cobden, Buckmaster & French, Paul Finn and Alex Egan. with an opening reception September 1 at 6pm.












2018/07/21

Black Swan Arts 21 July - 2 September 2018

Largest Arborealists Exhibition at Black Swan Arts


The largest exhibition to date of the Arborealists takes place this year at Black Swan Arts in Frome, beginning on the 21st July 2018 and running until 2nd September. Fourty three Arborealists are taking part plus six guest artists who also explore the tree in their subject matter. This fantastic opportunity to show so many of the groups' talent and variety under one roof is an exciting prospect.

With two large exhibitions spaces Black Swan Arts began life as an inn and was saved from dereliction and opened as an arts venue in 1986, it's crowning glory a wonderful round tower with two floors. The Arborealsist exhibitions fills the whole venue and was expertly hung by Tim Craven, Philippa Beale and Paul Newman.

Artist talks will take place by some of the group on Sunday 5th August, coinciding with The Frome Independent, a hugely popular specialist street market which takes place monthly in the town. The artist talk session is a ticketed event with tickets available from the gallery.







2018/07/10

The Arborealists at Twenty Twenty

The Arborealists at Twenty Twenty Gallery, Ludlow

A selection of Arborealists from the West of the UK are taking part in an exhibition at the Ludlow Twenty Twenty Gallery during Part II of their Summer Exhibition. 
Showing from 10 - 28 July 2018 are Arborealists Karen Bowers, Simon Dorrell, Blaze Cyan, Fiona Macintyre, Celia De Sierra, Sarah Harding and founder Tim Craven. They will be joined by esteemed local artists Jo March, Michael Johnson and Melissa Scott-Miller for the duration of the exhibition.


Twenty Twenty Gallery is a contemporary art gallery with an excellent reputation for British art and craft based in Much Wenlock, Shropshire and since September 2017 at Ludlow.
The gallery is owned by Hugh and Mary Elliott who took over the gallery in 2004.  Twenty Twenty has become a destination for customers looking for original contemporary art and craft in the West Midlands.



Opening times for the Ludlow gallery are Tuesday - Saturday 10.30 - 4.30pm Closed Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays.


Twenty Twenty
4 Quality Square
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 1AR

2018/07/07

John Davies Gallery Exhibition 7 July - 4 August 2018

Arborealists Exhibition at John Davies Gallery


John Davies Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of the Arborealists from 7th July 2018 running for three weeks until 4th August. Twenty two Arborealists are taking part and will be joined by five guest artists local to the area.
The large gallery gives a wonderful opportunity for an extensive exhibition which will include large works and will showcase the wide variety of styles and approaches to the representation of the tree within contemporary art. 
As we become more and more aware of our human impact on the environment our reflection of the natural world increases in value as we strive to bring attention to the protection of its beauty and importance to our wellbeing. The exhibition promises to showcase the importance of the tree within this ethos and is a great opportunity which we warmly thank John Davies for.


Arborealists with guest artist Miriam Escofet at John Davies Gallery


2018/04/27

Dartmoor and Exmoor Spring Event 2018

Dartmoor & Exmoor Site Specific Event


The Arborealists are delighted to have have been invited by both Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities to create site specific works based on their ancient and managed woodlands. The first visit by a group of Arborealists takes place at the end of April 2018.

Environmental campaigners believe that the majority of the population feel unconnected to nature and that there is no simple solution to this problem. We have become separated from our primordial roots and our once instinctive reliance on the cycle of life of our native flora and fauna. Many of us do not see ourselves as part of nature and so we do not understand or even care that we depend on the health of the natural world for our survival. It is recognised that doom and gloom reports of wild-life extinction and the destruction of vital environments can have the opposite effect to that intended.  We readily accept a depleted state of nature as a baseline that continues to creep; biodiversity is slipping away without being noticed. We refuse to accept or digest the evidence and we bury our heads in the sand.

There is a consensus however that fostering some kind of personal connection to nature is vital in order to awaken and mobilise a largely urban population to take action, and that this could include spirituality and the arts as well as science.

The project will draw directly on this premise and the Arborealists will visit specific tree and woodland sites on Exmoor and Dartmoor in different seasons and make new work for a special exhibition.

The aims are as follows:
  1. To present an emotional and artistic response to the trees and woodland sites in
    order to amplify awareness of them as a natural resource of especial value. 
  2. To compare and contrast the diverse ecology and environments of the different sites through    works of art.
  3. To disseminate and promote the related ecological, historic and social research of the sites and thus their value, through the content of the exhibition and accompanying, interpretive texts.
  4. To highlight the threats to the sites such as neglect, degradation and climate change in order to encourage behavioural change in people who visit and enjoy the national parks.
  5. To celebrate and promote the precious and unique environments of Exmoor and Dartmoor.



The Project

Relevant officers of Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities will identify and provide information on 4-6 tree and woodland sites on each moor of special ecological and historical significance. Information and access details for the sites would be made available for the artists.

The project will be advertised to the Arborealists and guest local tree artists of significant reputation. Artists will sign up to the project and select from the proposed sites. It is envisaged that an appropriate spread of artists and sites will be established, with each artist selecting one or more sites.

The Arborealists will share accommodation on specific long weekends in the spring and autumn of 2018 (and possibly 2019) and make preliminary or finished works of art at the sites. Artists may choose to work individually or in groups or return to the sites at other times. A community spirit and shared experience is part of the Arborealists' ethos that helps to develop art practice through cross-fertilisation.  

The Arborealists will programme a high quality exhibition of completed project works with an appropriate art gallery of superior reputation as close to the moors as possible, and ideally timed to coincide with a related moor festival of May 2019/20

The National park Authorities will provide wall texts to accompany the exhibition, each of about 3-400 words, describing the ecological, historical and social significance of the sites represented.

The National park Authorities will assist the Arborealists in promoting the project and exhibition through regular channels such as website, social media, literature and festival programmes as appropriate for maximum publicity and footfall.

The project may grow to incorporate other art forms such as film and photography, poetry, literature, sculpture and music. These avenues will be explored as the project develops.

Related events such as artists’ and ecologists’ talks, workshops and guided walks to the sites may be incorporated as part of the project.

The project may, depending on available funding sources, be recorded in a publication to accompany the exhibition. This would further disseminate the aims of the project and assist in its interpretation and act as a legacy.





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".