Review of Bideford Black show in Aesthetica, by Lizzie LLoyd – only 2 weeks left to see it

We’re delighted to read Lizzie Lloyds review of some of the artworks in the Bideford Black- Next Generation show.

You can read the whole article here.

We’re getting a huge amount of interest in the show which is really rewarding. All of the artists are provoking a wide range of responses, people of all ages have something to say.

Bideford Black: The Next Generation is the outcome of a year during which nine artists from across the UK pushed Bideford Black pigment to its physical limits and asked what the material might mean today.

Burton Art Gallery-Bid Black (25 of 38)Two arresting works from Cornwall-based artist duo ATOI are the result of re-introducing Bideford Black pigment into charged scenarios, similar to those which have formed, unformed and transformed it across millennia. Expect to see dirt and diamonds.

photo by Drew Lefay

Burton Art Gallery-Bid Black (7 of 38)Imposing cast paper forms by Devon-based artist Tabatha Andrews reach out directly to the senses. Her huge wall assemblages reverse perspective and seek to visualise the invisible seam of Bideford Black running underneath the North Devon landscape.

photo by Drew Lefay

Burton Art Gallery-Bid Black (33 of 38)Artist Luce Choules explores physical and emotional geography through experimental fieldwork. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Luce is developing Seam, a choreographed exhibition for Bideford Black: The Next Generation.

photo by Drew Lefay

Burton Art Gallery-Bid Black (18 of 38)Collapsing man-made and natural environments, artist Corinne Felgate has created a selection of site-specific poems and a dramatic wall-based installation. The latter is comprised of a series of fossil-like sculptures, which have been meticulously moulded and cast from paraphernalia from industries which formerly used Bideford Black.

photo by Drew Lefay

Burton Art Gallery-Bid Black (6 of 38)Prompted by Bideford Black, and using a shared sketchbook, artists Neville Gabie and Joan Gabie are holding a ‘dialogue of ideas’ with Cultural Geographer Ian Cook (University of Exeter). Together, the three explore the physical, social and geological significance of Bideford Black, presenting films of studio drawings and artefacts discovered and created along the way.

photo by Drew Lefay

Photo 03-10-2015, 16 23 06Littlewhitehead – Glaswegian artists Craig Little and Blake Whitehead – were intrigued by the environmental processes that formed Bideford Black. Ever-elusive, the Scottish duo kept their work under tight wraps during its development. They made LP records with the pigment, casting it and playing it. They battled with it to make it give up the secret of its uniqueness – to share its voice. Listen to the experimental sound recordings of their raw data – and their surprising conclusion.

photo by Julian Smith

Burton Art Gallery-Bid Black (11 of 38)Lizzie Ridout has set Bideford Black within a new taxonomy – or story – of the colour of Bideford Black. Incorporating her research into the subject, the Cornwall-based artist has created a printed publication, pieces of which audience members will be able to take away. She foraged the Burton archive, gathering tones and marks from the collection to present in a different, delicate way in the gallery.

photo by Drew Lefay

Burton Art Gallery-Bid Black (20 of 38)

Sam Treadaway is exhibiting a scent-based work. A Clearing is the result of a re-imagining of the origin of the Bideford Black material – Tree Fern forests of the Carboniferous period – via the medium of smell. Subtle variations of this scent composition, based on accords of wood, green, earth and petrichor (produced in collaboration with Clare Rees, Library of Fragrance), and inspired by visits to Bristol Botanic Garden and Kew Gardens, London, are transmitted, via stainless steel drums brimming with Bideford Black, into the gallery space.

photo by Drew Lefay

In the gallery there is a screening every half hour of a fantastic documentary sharing the process of all of the artists. Film-maker Liberty Smith documented the Bideford Black: The Next Generation project from start to finish, as the eleven artists researched and created their work in studios and on location. Libertys trailer filmis available on YouTube previews exclusively at the Bideford Black: The Next Generation exhibition.

Bideford Black: The Next Generation is a Burton Art Gallery project managed in association with Flow Contemporary Arts and Claire Gulliver. It is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and supported by the Friends of the Burton Art Gallery and Museum.

Bideford Black: The Next Generation

Opened 3rd October 2015 – ends 13th November

Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QQ


T: 01237 471455


ARTIST’S WEBSITES:     (Liberty Smith)

Published by carolyn black

I'm an artist and also commission contemporary art in unusual locations. As a producer, I fundraise, curate, project manage and deliver projects. I'm also a writer and film-maker.

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