Aldeburgh Festival 2018: Exhibitions
Tom Hammick: Lunar Voyage
Presented as a narrative cycle of 17 woodcut prints, Lunar Voyage is a fictional odyssey, conjuring a metaphorical escape from earth in pursuit of freedom and isolation on another planet. Tom Hammick was also in residence, developing new work in response to the 71st Aldeburgh Festival. In the Garage Gallery, his studio assistants provided a behind-the-scenes look at the printmaking process.
Tom Hammick is represented by Flowers Gallery in London; Lunar Voyage at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival is presented in association with Flowers Gallery.
Kate MccGwire: Sasse/Sluice & Viscera
Kate MccGwire is an internationally renowned British sculptor whose practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, employing natural materials to explore the play of opposites at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level.
Growing up in East Anglia her connection with nature and fascination with birds was nurtured from an early age, with avian subjects and materials a recurring theme in her artwork. For Aldeburgh Festival, MccGwire created Sasse/Sluice from pigeon feathers in the Dovecote (doves and pigeons are the same bird), whilst another of her works Viscera was created for the Concert Hall Foyer.
Dennis Creffield: The Stones of England - East Anglian Cathedrals and Pagodas
In 1987, commissioned by the Arts Council to draw all 26 medieval cathedrals of England, Dennis Creffield embarked on an epic 10,000-mile journey around England: “No artist has ever before drawn all the English medieval cathedrals – not even Turner. I’ve dreamed of doing so since I was a student.”
As the Aldeburgh Festival returns to Ely Cathedral, this selection of Creffield’s acclaimed charcoal drawings celebrates the splendour of East Anglia’s cathedrals alongside the mystery of the Orford Ness pagodas.
Samantha Heriz: Suffolk Voices
British/Australian artist Samantha Heriz grew up in Suffolk and has long been fascinated by the transformation and dilution of the county’s accent. Following her residency at Snape Maltings in 2017, Samantha presents her immersive sound installation created from recordings of today’s Suffolk voices, showing the increasing diversity in accent.
The voices speak the words of a bygone Suffolk fisherman’s song, reformed to create a modern soundscape telling of migration, globalisation and the transitory patterns of our region.