Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaigh/Tha tìm, am fiadh, an Coille Hallaig, 6-11 June, St. John on Bethnal Green

Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaigh/Tha tìm, am fiadh, an Coille Hallaig, 6-11 June, St. John on Bethnal Green

This free exhibition investigates the properties of forest memory through text, archive, and ‘xylarium’, or wood collection. Between the French horticultural term “forest trauma” and Robert Pogue Harrison’s “forests of nostalgia”, a whole discipline around history, witnessing, and the memorial qualities of woodland opens up.  Art works examining the cultural expression of time and history in the forest are placed here alongside archival photographs, small press texts, artefacts, and museum objects, in an old, low-lit belfry designed by Sir John Soane.

But, mean glory of the world, / misshapen memory of other seasons, / the forest remains

-          Andrea Zanzotto

We would like to invite you to the opening night on Thursday the 6th June, beginning at 7.30pm, with free wine and performances by David Chatton BarkerRob St. John, and Sam and the Plants, using instruments made of found wood. We would particularly like to invite those who may be keen to review, blog, or photograph the exhibition, as well as to meet the people involved. (Exhibition poster here.)

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A candle-lit collection on forests, memory, and social and natural history ● Cabinets of book works, wood works, paintings, drawings, prints, film projection, and music ● Wood specimens and photographs from Kew’s Museum of Economic BotanyEnglish Heritage, the Epping Forest archive, the London Metropolitan Archives, and local collectors ● Tree ring slices and materials from dendrochronology labs ● Installations and one-off editions from forty artists, including Colin Sackett, Chris Drury, Bryan Nash Gill, Richard Skelton, herman de vries, Katsutoshi Yuasa, and Stefka Mueller

The Belfry art gallery (Grade 1 listed), St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA

Opening night: Thursday 6th June, 7.30pm till late: Super 8 visuals and wood music by David Chatton Barker, Sam and the Plants, and Rob St. John, with exhibition viewing, free wine, and Nostalgia Forest book launch (Amy Cutler, Oystercatcher Press)

Normal hours: 6th till 11th June/ weeknights 7-9pm, weekends 12-6pm

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This exhibition is taking place with the support of Landscape Surgery at Royal Holloway.

CURATOR: Amy Cutler

ARTISTS / CONTRIBUTORS: Alec FinlayPeter Larkinherman de vriesJeff HilsonColin SackettGerry LooseJustin HopperCarol WattsCamilla NelsonAnthony BarnettEdmund HardyUna Hamilton HelleKatsutoshi YuasaRichard SkeltonAutumn RichardsonJulian KonczakBryan Nash GillAmy CutlerTom NoonanChris DruryPaul van DijkFrances HatherleyDavid Chatton BarkerJames AldridgeChris Paul DanielsFrances PresleyStefka MuellerGail RitchieChristina WhitePaul Gough, Morven Gregor, Perdita PhillipsAmy TodmanPeter Jaeger, Zoe Hope, Zoë SkouldingPeter FoolenPhil Smith /  MythogeographyCees de BoerCarlea Holl-JensenTony LopezWill MontgomeryMichael HamptonKate MorrellBen BorekNatalia JanotaSung Hee JinMartin BridgeNicholas BranchMike Baillie

WITH THANKS: Kate Maxwell, John Wylie, Giles Goodland, Justin Hopper, Kris Rockwell, Jamie Wilkes, Sally Davies, Sally Armisen, Peggy Seymour, Sean Powley, Amy Francis-Smith, Richard, Neville Midwood, Nicholas, Liberty Rowley, Lee Wagstaff, Susan Holl, Carlea Holl-Jensen, Esther Rowley, Mark James, Susan Wright, Matthew Riley, Felix Driver, Harriet Hall, Cara Jessop, Thomas Jellis, Andrew Ray, Matthew Sperling, Candice Boyd, Katie Murphy, Louise Joly, Camilla Nelson, Alice Clark, Innes Keighren, Peter Larkin, Sue Edney, Tilla Brading, Jo Norcup, Sandra Wright, Hilary Orange, Simon Howard, Edmund Hardy, Jenny O’Sullivan, Alexandra Parsons, Charlotte Jones, Sefryn Penrose, Paul Warde, Leo Cutler, Clare Williams, Sarah Browncross, Caroline Cornish, Martin Bridge, Xas Arnaud, Diana Hale, and Gavin MacGregor

Written by Nick