Exhibition runs from May 18 to June 18 with work by Bob Budd, Walter Lewis and Ruth Packham.

Join us for a meet the artists reception on Friday, 18th May from 18:00 to 19:30.

Overview:  these three artists, who have very different approaches and methods to their creative ideas and processes, are observers of rural life.  Animals, plants and people are focal points for study, reflection and inspiration.  The interactions between farmers and their livestock, the form and structure of plant life and the practices of small-holders are all considered in this exhibition.

Bob Budd:  As someone who grew up on a London council housing estate, then moved to the countryside, the encountering of farm animals left me with a strong, but also, contradictory impression.  I was fascinated by the presence of animals in everyday life, appearing wholesome in a rural setting –– and yet unnatural –– the animals made to play our tune, not theirs, unable to follow their own desires.

Walter Lewis:  In this photographic project Feeding Body and Soul I tell the story of a group of people in England and Wales who have rejected globalised, factory-scale food production, and instead chosen to produce food in ways which are actively regenerative of land, environment and community.

Ruth Packham:  I have been working with wool fibre for over 10 years in what feels like a love affair with the material.  The work I am exhibiting here is me allowing myself to be more conceptual, to hone my felt making skills and to work through ideas of form and structure.  Feltmaking lends itself to the making of natural forms and some of the pieces are directly inspired by my observations of plant life.

For more information about location and hours go to:  gardenroomgallery.com

Image:  Flash and Mick Marsden (detail) by Walter Lewis.