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New Truth to Materials: Wood at Ditchling Museum

New Truth to Materials: Wood ©  Ditchling Museum

© Ditchling Museum

New Truth to Materials: Wood
Stone, Anna Bera ©  Ditchling Museum

© Ditchling Museum

Stone, Anna Bera
Axed Vessel, Forrest & Found ©  Ditchling Museum

© Ditchling Museum

Axed Vessel, Forrest & Found
Prototypes, Gareth Neal ©  Ditchling Museum

© Ditchling Museum

Prototypes, Gareth Neal
140 Spoons, Jason Evans ©  Ditchling Museum

© Ditchling Museum

140 Spoons, Jason Evans
Wooden Parlour Puzzle, Anna Bera & Cat Dimond ©  Ditchling Museum

© Ditchling Museum

Wooden Parlour Puzzle, Anna Bera & Cat Dimond

10 October 2017

Ditchling Resident Anna Bera is featured in the beautiful new exhibition at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft: New Truth to Materials: Wood 

The exhibition is a fascinating exploration into our emotional response to wood – one of the most versatile natural materials – through a diverse and eclectic group of contemporary and traditional artists, designers and craftsmen from the last hundred years, including Graham Sutherland, Sebastian Cox, Anna Maria Pacheco and Forest & Found.

New Truth to Materials: Wood is the first in a series of multi-disciplinary exhibitions at Ditchling that consider how we respond and relate to materials and objects, addressing how artists, craftspeople and designers harness our emotional engagement with different materials and consequently exploit, manipulate and reinforce this in their work. Ditchling is a natural home for this exploratory adventure; a carpenter’s workshop was central to the Catholic craftsman’s guild and artists such as David Jones spent time here whilst also learning their other crafts. The 1920s and 30s wood-engraving revival was also led by Eric Gill and his colleagues in the village.

The term ‘truth to materials’ is familiar to the arts and crafts world: post-industrial revolution craftspeople were keen to maintain the integrity of the materials they used by preserving and emphasising their original qualities. The show takes a fresh look at this tenet and explores how both traditional and contemporary artists and craftspeople either challenge or adhere to it.

As part of the exhibition, the museum will play host to a British Council international artist in residence in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute. Polish artist Anna Bera will be based at the museum for 4 weeks during the exhibition creating work inspired by her residency in our Clore Learning Space, and will also contribute to our workshops and events programme.

New Truth to Materials: Wood is open at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft from the 8 September 2017 - 1 January 2018.