This exhibition runs from Sat, 28th Mar 2020 to Tue, 6th Oct 2020. See all dates
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WWT London Wetland Centre presents Wetlands Unravelled, a year-long contemporary art programme of new sculptural, installation, video and textile works by ten artists in one of the capital’s largest wetlands.
Commissions by artists Tania Kovats, Anne Deeming, Jonathan Wright, Gavin Osborn and Alec Stevens launch Wetlands Unravelled on 28 March 2020 at London Wetland Centre, followed in summer by Lizzie Cannon, and a curated season of performances, talks and events. In the autumn, works by Claire Barber, Sharon McElroy, Eloise Moody and Caitlin Heffernan conclude a programme exploring the paradoxes of conservation within the wetlands environment during the 20th anniversary year of London Wetland Centre.
Following an overnight stay in a wildlife observation hide, Tania Kovats will produce Wetlands, a new artwork limited edition newspaper. Illustrated with trickling streams of imagery, text and migratory bird flyways set against the overhead Heathrow flight path, drawing on the environmental and socio-political concerns of wetland environments everywhere.
Floating in the ponds of the wetlands, Anne Deeming’s sculptural clusters amalgamate the domestic with the industrial in familiar yet unexpected hybrid forms. Gradually changing in colour and patina in response to the weather, the distinctive objects begin to mimic seasonal transformations in the plumage of migratory birds, and the textures of local plant life.
Jonathan Wright’s gold-leafed floating sculpture relates to Barn Elms Manor House, which once stood on the site now occupied by London Wetland Centre, and was a meeting place for the politically influential Kit Kat Club in the eighteenth century. Exposing a multi-layered history, which now bears no trace, Wright’s installation considers a site that has returned to nature through artificial means, and reflects on its future significance.
Gavin Osborn’s series of sound works immersed in the wetland landscape investigate the re-purposing of the site from Victorian reservoir to managed space for wetland ‘wild’ things. On-site and off field recordings and interviews are interwoven with specially created texts and sound design, connecting to broader geographies and concerns such as the climate crisis.
Observing the absence of the watery markers of climate change, Alec Stevens’ series of sculptural installations protrude from the water at varying heights, alluding to the water level rises predicted to engulf UK and global communities.
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