Over 160 visitors attended the opening of a new exhibition by internationally acclaimed British artist Sir Richard Long at Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton, East Devon.
For more than 50 years, Richard Long has been at the forefront of conceptual art working beyond the confines of traditional material and questioning how we view the relationship between landscapes and art. His investigations into nature, using mediums such as walking and working with found materials such as mud, earth and slate, remain as relevant today as they ever were.
Long has a particular empathy with the South West where he is from, with Devon in particular proving a constant source of inspiration. A Hundred Mile Walk (1971-2), included in the exhibition, records a walk Long made on Dartmoor.
The exhibition takes its title from the work Being in the Moment (1999). This portfolio of four photographs are shown for the first time as part of the ARTIST ROOMS programme.
The works are drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, and span 40 years of Long’s artistic practice, starting with his early experiments near his hometown of Bristol.
The exhibition was opened by Councillor Ben Ingham, Leader of East Devon District Council, which owns the gallery. Cllr Ingham said:
I am delighted to open this exhibition Being in the Moment in partnership with ARTIST ROOMS, National Galleries of Scotland and Tate.
ARTIST ROOMS is a wonderful initiative and we are delighted to be able to present the work of renowned British artist Richard Long here in Devon, a landscape which I know is so close to his heart. The support from ARTIST ROOMS and their investment in East Devon is fantastic for the district and I know how much the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) team has enjoyed the collaboration.
We are very proud to support and champion arts and culture in East Devon through THG. The gallery plays a critical role in the community, operating as a cultural hub supporting communities in their health, environment and well-being through an annually changing programme of exhibitions, events and workshops.
Sir Richard Long said,
I live up the road in Bristol yet I am standing in front of these artworks of Africa and Mexico.
My home landscape is my favourite: Somerset, Devon and Dartmoor but I am attracted to empty stony landscapes all around the world. I react to the stones I find in that place. The places can be my materials too.
I had a revelation as a student that art could be made outside. I could work out of the studio and I had the idea that art could be a journey.
The exhibition launches Culture and Climate 2020, a programme of exhibitions, symposiums and workshops that are set against the context of Thelma Hulbert and East Devon District Council’s commitment to Devon’s Climate Change Emergency declaration, and the University of Exeter’s declaration of an environment and climate emergency. Delivered through a new partnership with the University of Exeter and East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, audiences will be invited to participate in a range of activities taking place at the University, Thelma Hulbert Gallery and locations across East Devon.
Events throughout the year will include:
Exhibition tour and discussion Fri 13 March 6 - 8pm, Free (donations welcome).
A series of adult workshops at THG led by Tessa Fitzjohn, including talk, gallery tour, discussion and practical activities exploring Richard Long’s work: 10 + 24 March, 21 April, 5 May, 2-4pm Cost £10 (£8 Students/THG Friends) for each workshop or book all 4 for £36 (£28 Students/THG Friends):
Photography Walk. Wed 1 April 11am-3pm. £20 (£18 Students/ THG Friends)
University of Exeter presents Creative Dialogues with Richard Long. Wed 13 May 7pm, Beehive, Honiton. Free, booking essential
Culture + Climate symposium Thurs 18 & Fri 19 June.(optional camping June 17). All day ticket £ 30
Offsite: Abode of Love, Exmouth. An exciting new public art commission by Simon Terrill will be launched on Exmouth seafront as part of the Culture + Climate Change symposium
Family friendly activities
Family workshop: T shirt printing workshop, Sat 28 March 11am-1pm / 2 – 4pm. Booking essential, limited places. £15
Art Kit Family workshop, Wed 8 April 11-1pm/ 1.30 - 3.30pm £30 per family (inc. art kit)
Art in the Woods, Wed 27 May 11am-3pm. FREE (donations welcome)
Early years at Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Early Years Creative Sessions - FREE (donations welcome)
Thurs 26 March 1.30 - 3pm
Thurs 30 April 1.30 - 3pm
For more information and how to book visit the Thelma Hulbert Gallery website.
Public engagement programme delivered in partnership with University of Exeter, generously supported by East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and ARTIST ROOMS through Arts Council England and Art Fund.