Fen Ditton Gallery interviews artists and makers across a range of disciplines, opening up the conversation of contemporary art and design and delves into their inspiration and processes. Hosted by gallery manager, Hannah Munby.
Fen Ditton Gallery is delighted to be hosting a new exhibition of photographs by former Head of Photography at Central St Martins, Graham Murrell, 20 YEARS ON.
It was twenty years ago that Graham Murrell completed his first major exhibition, Lights Spells, made and exhibited at Kettle’s Yard in collaboration with his Central St Martin’s colleague, Kathryn Faulkner. The two photographers visited Jim Ede’s former home now gallery over the course of 18 months to capture the ever-changing light and atmosphere of the space. The title of the exhibition and book was inspired by Jim Ede’s edict that you must “first furnish your house with light”.
Murrell comments “The project was made possible by the support and enthusiasm of the, then, Director of Kettles Yard, the late Michael Harrison. (It was this support) that lead to all the opportunities that have come my way over the past 20 years. All of which encouraged me to leave my post at Central St Martin’s and concentrate on making books and exhibitions.”
This is the first time a major exhibition of photographs spanning this period of Murrell’s career have been shown together. Fen Ditton Gallery have worked closely with Murrell to select the works and it was during these conversations that it become so apparent the influence that Michael Harrison had on Murrell’s career. It felt poignant to dedicate this exhibition to his memory.
This episode is a talk that was recorded during the opening night of the exhibition.
You can view all works at fendittongallery.com/20-years-on
Welcome back to the Fen Ditton Gallery podcast hosted by Hannah Munby.
This episode features a recent conversation with Past President of the Royal Society of British Artists, James Horton.
James was elected as the president in 2009 and stood down in 2017, returning back to, as he says, the indulgence of being a painter once again. During his time as president of the society, he was a pioneer for young artists and worked hard to provide them a platform after leaving education.
This conversation took place in earlier in the month and includes some of the works that we have as part of our current Spring exhibition. We chat about his marriage to painting and love affair with music, his extended trip to India at the beginning of the pandemic and how his life has changed since he stepped down from the RBA.
I hope you enjoy listening to this episode.
To view the Spring Exhibition, visit fendittongallery.com
This episode features a recent conversation with ceramicist Frances Priest, who I caught up with towards the end of January. Drawing is an important part of Frances’ practice and we have been lucky enough to show a selection of these works in our Plantlife exhibition last year and will soon be exhibiting a selection of newly developed works from her India series in our upcoming Spring show.
Thank you to Frances for her time, it was lovely to chat about not only her beautiful work, but her new studio assistant and the food stops of Yorkshire too!
To find out more about our upcoming exhibitions, visit fendittongallery.com
Welcome back to the Fen Ditton Gallery podcast, hosted by Hannah Munby.
I’m delighted to bring you my recent conversation with painter, printmaker and collage artist, Rebecca Jewell. The daughter of a zoologist and an archaeo-zoologist, Rebecca spent her childhood immersed in the natural world and this interest has followed her through life. Her work is a cross-cultural examination of the human exploitation and veneration of birds. Her intricate drawings of artefacts and bird specimens, and her unique feather collages, are inspired both by material culture collections in museums and issues around the contemporary hunting and trapping of birds, particularly in the Southern Mediterranean.
Having studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, Rebecca went on to complete a PHD in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art. She is now a fellow of the Zoological Society of London, a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a Member of the Artworker's Guild.
Rebecca has spent much time throughout her career getting to know the British Museum collections. She took up residencies there in 2005 – 2010 and is presently the Artist in Residence for their ‘In Storage’ project. In 2019, 40 works by Rebecca were acquired by the British Museum.
I hope you enjoy my interview with Rebecca. It was a pleasure to catch up with her and discover more about her childhood, inspiration and process, and how she hopes her art will raise awareness of some of the most pressing conservation efforts of our time.
You can view Rebecca's works at fendittongallery.com.
As is the time we are living in, this interview with recorded online and at the mercy of the internet.
Welcome back to this series of conversations with artists and makers we’ve had the pleasure of working with at Fen Ditton Gallery.
This month, gallery manager Hannah has been chatting to Kate Jones, one half of contemporary glass-making duo, Studio Gillies Jones. Working from their studio in the North York Moors, Kate and Stephen are partners in life and art, and their hand-blown, hand-engraved glass bowls and plates draw inspiration by their surroundings and the natural world.
As is the times we’re living in, this interview was recorded remotely and at the mercy of the internet.
Thank you for listening to this episode and thank you to Kate for making the time to talk to me.
Plantlife is open at Fen Ditton Gallery until Sunday 15th November. A percentage of all sales will be donated to the Road Verges Project, run by conservation charity, Plantlife.
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For more information about the exhibition, visit fendittongallery.com
Welcome back to our new podcast from Hannah, gallery manager at Fen Ditton Gallery, featuring her conversations with some of the artists and makers we have had the pleasure to work with.
This episode features a recent interview with Paul Hart, as we prepare for his next exhibition at Fen Ditton Gallery, Edgelands. For the past decade, the Fens have become the central focus of Paul’s work, resulting in a series of three major monographs ‘Farmed’, ‘Drained’ and now ‘Reclaimed’, which was published earlier this year, in the heart of lockdown. Edgelands features selected works from all three publications and opens later this month.
The exhibition is open from Friday 18th - Sunday 27th September 2020. For more information about the exhibition, visit fendittongallery.com/paul-hart-edgelands
In the second episode in a new series of interviews with contemporary artists and makers, hosted by gallery manager, Hannah Munby, we have been lucky enough to catch up with textile artist and designer, Pauline Burbidge, whose 2sqm quilt, Starscape, will be exhibited as part of our Plantlife exhibition.
I hope you enjoy listening to this interview with Pauline and discovering more about the inspiration behind the quilt, her life and work on the Scottish Borders with her artist husband, Charlie Poulsen and what she’s been up to during the lockdown.
The gallery programme has developed over the two years since we opened to include an annual exhibition of artworks inspired by the natural world. Plantlife is the third in this series and explores the relationship that artists have with plants, their shape, colour and form and how that translates to the objects and images they create in response.
You can view Starscape alongside the other Plantlife artworks in our virtual exhibition at fendittongallery.com which goes live on Friday 19th June.
A percentage of the sales from this exhibition will be donated to support the Road Verges Campaign from conversation charity Plantlife. Nearly half of all the UK’s wildflowers are found on our road verges and the charity works with local councils to manage and protect these vital natural habitats for our wildlife.
You can find out more about the Road Verges project at plantlife.love-wildflowers.org.uk
As lockdown continues, we’re constantly on the look out for ways to bring you interesting news and stories from our artists and makers. This week, I had a chat with former Head of Photography at Central St Martins, Graham Murrell, whose sensitive recording of the resilience of County Mayo, Ireland is the third and final exhibition of our inaugural Festival of Photography. Here we spoke about his early transition from ceramics to photography, his thoughts on the importance of black and white photography in the contemporary art world and his next projects, when he can finally get out and about with his camera again. I hope you enjoy it and please do visit fendittongallery.com to view the virtual black and white photography exhibitions on display.