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CANOPY tree art project

Date uploaded: March 6, 2013

Cumbrian based arts organisation Eden Arts have launched CANOPY - a visual art project for 2013. The project will result in a spring/summer exhibition of artworks displayed in trees and woodland throughout the Eden Valley in Cumbria - a natural gallery.

The Canopy exhibition will feature specially commissioned work by Liverpool Art Prize winner Robyn Woolston. The nationally renowned artist will be working on a site specific commission on the shores of Lake Ullswater, following the launch of her solo show at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool in March.

As part of the Canopy commission The Liverpool Art Prize 2012 winning work 'Last' will be re-imagined and reworked. An ash tree will take up residence within the Dovecote tower at National Trust property Acorn Bank, this time with its own viewing platform at canopy height. Neon will bathe the branches of a Norse species whose roots stretch deep into the history of the Cumbrian soil. 'Last (Bank)' (2013) will address notions of longevity, ecological collapse and economic stability. Betwixt bricks and mortar a solitary Ash will stand guard for the length of the season, in memoriam - illuminated and revered the work will question what lasts? And what's lasting?

Robyn Woolston: 'Canopy offers a fascinating combination of historical locations, world-class landscapes and the interaction of installation and photography as investigative tools. The contemporary rural space of the Eden Valley acts as a crucible within the commission.'

Alongside commissioned artworks, the Canopy project also includes a participatory element, where the public are invited to contribute to a number of installations. The Canopy exhibition runs from 16th March – 3rd November 2013, with dates varying across the 5 exhibition locations.

Click here for further information or to get involved in the project. The website links to ‘The Canopy Suite’ blog, a visual record of the development of Woolston’s commission, as well as a Q&A between Eden Arts and the artist. ‘Last (Bank)’ 2013 is open at Acorn Bank from 16/03/13 – 03/11/13.

Eden Arts is an Arts Development Agency based in the Eden District, funded by Eden District Council, Arts Council England, North West and Cumbria County Council. Eden Arts exists to promote, support, develop and advise on arts and cultural activity in the England’s largest and most sparsely populated District (Eden) and across other parts of Cumbria.

Robyn Woolston is an inter-disciplinary artist who uses Installation, photography, moving image, print and on-line applications within her work. Passionate about people, relationships and the way the world works, her practice reveals structures and raises questions concerning social, economic and ecological perspectives. Click here for Woolston’s commission blog.

Check the project website for more information.

‘Last (Bank)’ 2013, Robyn Woolston

‘Last (Bank)’ 2013, Robyn Woolston