Two new exhibitions open at the end of this week at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew
The exhibitions open on 20th October 2023 and continue until 7th April 2024.
Mat Colishaw - Petrichor
Mat Colishaw is a 57 year old English artist who works in photography and video. His work includes the creation of digital artworks using NFT and AI. He became well known when his work first surfaced as part of the Young British Artists group in the late 80s.
The Petrichor exhibition at Kew will dominate Galleries 1-5 and
“Bringing Mat Collishaw’s innovative work to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is hugely exciting, and this exhibition promises to be an evocative and wonderfully unique experience, unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the gallery before. Drawing inspiration from the natural world and the tradition of botanical art, Mat’s use of cutting-edge technology alongside the innovations of the past makes this exhibition a tantalising prospect for visitors to Kew this autumn.”
New works in 2023 - Premieres
This large-scale projected work will take over Gallery 2 and uses pioneering technology to immerse viewers in a 9-minute sequence inspired by the innovation of the Wardian Case and the transportation of plant specimens around the globe. The video is accompanied by Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a composition which draws inspiration from Virgil’s Georgics, a poem about agriculture, propagation, and growth, and how humanity’s efforts to cultivate the land is constantly under threat from destructive powers.
this large-scale piece depicts the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, which is estimated to have been standing for over 800 years. It is one of the largest oak trees in the country with a mythical connection to Robin Hood. This slowly rotating, almost life-sized animation has been captured using a laser scanner, creating the eerie spectre of a tree suspended somewhere between life and death. This artwork was created at the time of the European referendum and its title, Albion, refers to the ancient oak tree as an emblem of England, a ghost like apparition supported by chains and crutches.
Other works included in the exhibition include
This is a Tate Video of Mat Colishaw talking about how he approaches creating his artwork which gives you a sense of what he's about.
“I’m delighted to be bringing this exhibition to Kew Gardens, a place that's not only steeped in history and natural beauty, but also provides the perfect setting for my work to be experienced in a new way. The natural world and its astonishing biodiversity are an abundant source of inspiration and provide seemingly endless opportunities for creation. I’ve always been interested in how nature is depicted through art, and how this in turn helps us understand the world around us. With its rich horticultural heritage and ongoing commitment to environmental conservation, Kew Gardens is the ideal location for me to explore the intersection of art, nature, and technology with this exhibition.”
Young Botanical Artist
Gallery 6 of Kew Gardens’ Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will showcase 50 shortlisted artworks from the inaugural Young Botanical Artist Competition.
The competition was created by The Shirley Sherwood Collection in collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:
The Exhibition offers a unique opportunity for the next generation of botanical artists to showcase their work in a gallery setting.
Note: The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will open late at 12 noon on the first Monday of every month due to planned maintenance.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for their favourite artwork and a People’s Choice award will be announced in April.
NOTE: I will have separate blog posts about the prizewinners and the works in the exhibition.
Gallery entry to the two exhibitions is included in tickets for Kew Gardens general admission.
You can read more on the website about concessions.
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