Bricks in the Sticks – A Farmer’s Inspiration
Canwood Gallery International Summer Exhibition
1st July – 1st August; Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Featuring; Henri Matisse, Carl Andre, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Blake Daniels, Brett Amory, Jonty Hurwitz, Angela Conner, Almuth Tebbenhoff, Chris Dunseath, and Patricia Terrapon.
Canwood Gallery’s first Summer Exhibition is all about inspiration – the main reason the Gallery is here today.
Former farmer Stephen Dale began his life-long love affair with contemporary art when he made his first visit to an art exhibition whilst being treated for leukaemia in the 1970s, and later decided to set up the Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park in rural Herefordshire with a mission to bring art ‘into the sticks’.
It was Carl Andre’s controversial work at the Tate, Equivalent V111, better known by its nickname the ‘Bricks’ , which provided the original inspiration for the Gallery. Now, more than 45 years later, a host of leading international artists and private collectors have loaned artworks for this summer exhibition, inspired by Stephen’s extraordinary story and his commitment to bring leading contemporary art to a rural audience.
Having been diagnosed with advanced leukaemia in his 30’s, Stephen was accepted on an experimental treatment programme at Barts Hospital in London. Whilst awaiting an operation to remove his spleen, he read about the controversy surrounding Carl Andre’s work at the Tate and decided he had to see what all the fuss was about.
It was a pivotal moment for him and one that inspired a dream to open a gallery in rural Herefordshire in the hope other local people who may not have the opportunity to see contemporary works could also be inspired by art, which they could see there for free. When Stephen eventually retired, he sold most of his land and invested the proceeds into creating a beautiful gallery and sculpture park where he lives.
Bricks in the Sticks – A Farmer’s Inspiration takes us on a journey starting with Henri Matisse, one of the most influential artists of French Modernism and who continues to inspire so many artists today, on to Carl Andre, who inspired a generation to debate the merits of contemporary art.
An international collection of current world leading artists are also exhibiting works, including Tomokazu Matsuyama, Blake Daniels, Brett Amory, Jonty Hurwitz, Angela Conner, Almuth Tebbenhoff, Chris Dunseath, and Patricia Terrapon.
From the 1st July – 14th July there will be a rare chance to see two artworks by Henri Matisse, which are in a private collection. Fittingly, visitors will also be able to see a version of Carl Andre’s Bricks, which was purchased for the gallery by Stephen.
Outside, in fields set in stunning rolling open countryside, the Canwood Gallery Sculpture Park is also taking shape. Alongside permanent exhibits there is a fantastic range of sculptures from Alison Lochhead, Heather Jansch, Harvey Hood, Roger Stephens, Jonathan Loxley, Mark Houghton, Caro Burberry, Richard Jackson, Ed Elliott and Helen Sinclair.
Artworks in the exhibition are for sale and all profits from the exhibition will be donated to Barts Hospital.
Gallery 2: Exhibition 1st July – 13th August 2017
Open: Tuesdays – Sundays 10 am to 5pm
Vulgar Earth is a contemporary exhibition of sculpture, painting and installation, exploring and questioning our interactions with the environment around us.
Artists include: Simon Meiklejohn, Peter Horrocks, Jackie Yeomans, Verity Howard, Jim Carter,
Rob McCarthy and Glyndwr Brimacombe.
9 – 17th September 2017