Last Chance To See David Nash: A Natural Gallery – Sponsored by Xstrata
Ends on 14 April 2013
‘Even if we often take trees for granted, Nash ensures that we look at them here with fresh eyes.’ – Richard Cork, Financial Times
‘This is an immense retrospective...Kew Gardens is the inevitable destination for Nash’ – Laura Cummings, The Observer (Review)
‘Culture vultures should head to Kew Gardens for David Nash’ – Marie Claire
It is your last chance to catch the critically acclaimed David Nash: A Natural Gallery exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which ends on 14 April 2013.
David Nash, one of the UK’s most renowned sculptors, has exhibited a series of iconic and newly created sculptures, installations, drawings and films on site throughout the Gardens since last summer. Nash and Kew have proved to be the perfect partnership; a combined force that has inspired visitors to understand their place in the natural world.
Visitor can return to their favourite outdoor sculptures and see them transformed by the spring landscape of Kew. From Summer through to Winter, the wood sculptures have responded to the changing cycle of the seasons, evolving and adapting to their environment – now offering a new experience amid the subtle pastel shades of Spring.
Alongside these large and impressive outdoor sculptures, the contemporary Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art hosts a series of sculptures and drawings, which have been created exclusively for display in the gallery. This series of explorations, created on-site in the Wood Quarry (outdoor workshop), were inspired by Nash’s interaction with Kew and its scientific work. Items from Kew’s Economic Botany Collection, as well as seeds from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, are on display alongside the sculptures, encouraging viewers to consider the connections between art and science.
David Nash says, “It has been wonderful to work and exhibit my sculptures at the iconic Kew Gardens. Working within the Gardens provided me with the opportunity to continue my study into the science and anthropology of trees. To work on the Wood Quarry (outdoor workshop) on a series of new sculptures, alongside Kew’s team of arborists who share my passion for trees, has been invigorating; their knowledge and understanding has been invaluable to me.”
Angela McFarlane, Director of Public Engagement and Learning says, “It has been a remarkable experience to have an artist of the stature of David Nash working at Kew. His response to Kew's collections has led him to create a remarkable array of unique and beautiful works. The effect on the spaces he has chosen to display these works, has made us all look at Kew differently. It is a must-see for anyone interested in the interplay of art and nature.”
In Conversation: David Nash and Dr Wolfgang Stuppy
As the David Nash: A Natural Gallery exhibition reaches its conclusion, seed morphologist Dr Wolfgang Stuppy of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), talks to Nash about his time at Kew and how it has influenced his work. The emphasis will be on David Nash’s explorations into Kew’s scientific research, especially his work with Dr Stuppy at the Millennium Seed Bank.
Don’t miss this final chance to hear David speak about his work and residency at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Date: Tue 26 March 2013
Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Location: Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Kew Gardens
Price: £5 (£4 Friends of Kew)
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Accompanying Book & App
David Nash: A Natural Gallery
This lavishly illustrated new book celebrates the year-long exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Stunning colour photography documents the exhibition in its entirety, allowing outdoor works to be appreciated against a changing seasonal background and showcasing new works created during the artist’s six-month Kew residency.
Essays explore different facets of David Nash’s art and practice in relation to the Kew exhibition. Contributors include Dr Christa Lichtenstein, former Professor for Art History at the University of Saarbruken; Professor Timothy Ingold, Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen; Barry Phipps, Interdisciplinary Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and writers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Author: Michelle Payne
Imprint: Kew Publishing
Page extent: 192pp with over 180 full colour photographs.
Publication date: March 2013
iPad owners can download a digital edition of the book – which has exclusive interactive features, including an exploration of Nash’s Family Tree drawings, accompanied by interviews with the artist.
A smartphone app guide to the exhibition, includes a map of the sculptures at Kew, as well as more information about many of the works on display. Available for iPhone and Android.
Notes to Editors
For press information please contact the RBG Kew Press Office on 020 8332 5607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images are available to download from http://www.kew.org/press/images/david_nash.html Please contact the press office for the username and password
For more information on the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art please go to: http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/garden-attractions-A-Z/shirley-sherwood-gallery.htm
• Admission: Adults £16.00, concessions £14.00 (prices include a £1.50 gift aid donation), free for children under 17 (with an adult) Gates open
• Opening and closing hours:
|Dates||Gates open||Gates close||Glasshouses & Galleries close|
|14 March - 30 March 2013||9.30am||5.30pm||5pm|
|31 March - 14 April 2013 ||9:30am||6.30pm (Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 7:30pm)||5.30pm (6.30pm Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays)|
(Last entry to the Gardens, the Glasshouses, Galleries and the Xstrata Treetop Walkway is 30 minutes before closing)
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.
Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction. Its landscaped 132 hectares and RBG Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst Place, attract over 1.5 visits every year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst Place is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world.
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