The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas
11th August – 18th September
Open Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
The River Wye has been a source of inspiration, hope, joy and relaxation for so many people. The River now needs us to return the favour and fight to save it.
We have less than two years to save the River Wye from the effects of pollution. Sewage and enormous volumes of chemical run-off from poultry farms are devastating the rivers ecosystem. Plant, fish and bird life has rapidly diminished in recent years. Unless swift action is taken the Wye will become too polluted to swim or kayak on, and the water will be poisonous to animals.
Canwood Gallery is teaming up with River Action UK to help raise funds to protect the River Wye from further damage and raise the profile of the urgent action needed. We have asked creatives from Wales, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire to use the power of art to celebrate our wonderful River Wye.
Save the Wye is a don’t miss exhibition!
Saturday 3rd-Sunday 11th September, 2022. Daily 11am-4pm
The exhibition will also subsequently open from 11am-4pm on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, 2022.
This exhibition explores the parallels between the art practices of Matt Rees and Verity Howard. Both artists are inspired by the rural landscape and convey a sense of space, mystery and atmosphere in their work. Walking and experiencing their local environment is also important to both artists who live and work in Hereford.
Matt is a photographer who describes his work as ‘rural topographics’ exploring place, time and existence. Matt graduated from Hereford College of Arts in 2013 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography. Shortly after graduating Matt set up Exposure Film Lab, a professional film processing service, developing, scanning and printing 35mm and Medium Format Film. As well as running a business, over the past few years Matt has been carefully developing a body of work which will be exhibited for the first time in TRACES.
Verity is an artist who uses clay as a medium for drawing and monoprinting to create sculptural, slab built, ceramic forms. These works explore mystery, trigger memories, generate atmosphere and evoke a sense of place. Verity takes inspiration from the landscape, history and culture surrounding her in rural Herefordshire. After graduating from Manchester School of Art in 2015, with a BA (Hons) Degree in Three Dimensional Design, Verity returned to Hereford to set up her art practice. Verity exhibits nationally and internationally including at the ‘International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics’, Ceramic Art Andenne, Belgium, 2022 and in ‘New Members’ at Contemporary Ceramics, London, 2023. Also central to Verity’s practice is her work running ceramic workshops in the community and in educational settings.
TRACES is open every day, 11am-5pm, during h.Art week which runs from Saturday 3rd-Sunday 11th September, 2022. The exhibition will also subsequently open from 11am-4pm on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18thSeptember, 2022.