Internationally-acclaimed British artist Richard Long has launched an exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton.
Being in the Moment, part of the national Artist Rooms programme, will run at the Dowell Street venue until May 23.
It opened with a private viewing today (Saturday, February 22) and explores the relationship between man and the natural world.
The exhibition presents pieces spanning 40 years of Richard’s career – starting with his early experiments near his home city of Bristol.
There will be 21 works on show including photography, sculpture, text, drawings, maps and diagrams.
The exhibition launches the gallery’s Culture and Climate 2020 programme of exhibitions, symposiums and events.
These are set against the context of Thelma Hulbert and East Devon District Council’s commitment to theclimate change emergency declaration.
Audiences will be invited to participate in a range of activities delivered through a new partnership with the University of Exeter and East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
These will take place at the galley, the university, and diverse locations across East Devon.
Ruth Gooding, manager and curator at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, said: “How we want to share our habitat and its resources, now and in the future, is the central question of our Culture and Climate2020 programme.
“This exhibition is an invitation to rethink the relationship between art and the rural and how we connect to and understand space.
“Thelma Hulbert Gallery is uniquely situated, nestled between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and only nine miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
“Walking is a very popular pursuit in the area and we hope this exhibition will inspire audiences to rethink walking as not just a journey from A to B, but as an art form in itself.”
Richard’s exhibition takes its title from the 1999 work Being in the Moment.
This portfolio of four photographs will be shown for the first time as part of the Artist Rooms programme.
It illustrates not only the continuity in Richard’s methods and practice, but also his deep affinity with landscapes across the worldby representing some of his epic walks across Britain, Tanzania and Ecuador over a 30-year period.
For more than 50 years, Richard 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.
Other events throughout the year include:
- Art and Nature, Curator’s Talk –Thelma Hulbert Gallery, February 28, 6pm – 8pm.
- Workshops : a series of workshops at THG led by curator and producer Tessa Fitzjohn including a talk, gallery tour, discussion and practical activities exploring Richard Long’s work.
- Sand, Snow, Mud, Stone and Chalk –March 10, 2pm – 4pm;
- Take a Line –March 24, 2pm – 4pm;
- Staying and Passing – April 21, 2pm – 4pm;
- From One Place to Another –May 5, 10am –noon.
- University of Exeter presents Creative Dialogueswith Richard Long –May 13 at The Beehive, following aguided tour of Being in the Momentby curators at Thelma Hulbert Gallery
- Culture + Climate Symposium –June 18 and 19. A two-day series of field trips across East Devon including Exmouth, Seaton and THG. Speakers include environmentalists, artists and thinkers including Simon Terrill, Mike Perry and Fourthland.
- The Exchange Symposium: Strengthening Research Through Collaboration– July 7 at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Queen Street, Exeter. Full-day event. Visit artsandcultureexeter.co.uk for details and booking.