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Exhibition, Fri 18 Jan - Sat 16 Mar 2019, free entry

Still from Wahaha Biota, 2018

Still from Wahaha Biota, 2018

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Centenary Square,
Bradford,
BD1 1SD

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Fri 18 Jan - Sat 16 Mar Prospect Refuge Hazard

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Working with video, photography and sound, internationally acclaimed artist Helen Sear invites the viewer into forests and woodlands to consider the co-existence of human, animal, and natural worlds.

Highlights of the exhibition include Wahaha Biota, a major new video commissioned by Forestry Commission England and Crescent Arts; Company of Trees, which premiered at the prestigious Venice Biennale as part of ‘Wales in Venice’; and Paintball Pictures, exhibited for the first time.

For over thirty years, Helen Sear has been making artworks about how humans experience landscape and nature. Prospect Refuge Hazard is titled after Jay Appleton’s influential theories on our deep-seated responses to the dangers of the natural environment, and why we find certain environments ‘beautiful’.

The film Wahaha Biota (2018, 27 mins) was made during a year-long residency in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, and responds to the diverse activities that take place in the forest. A soundtrack mingles birdsong and deer calls with snippets of lyrics from the many rock concerts staged in the forest, all forming a human ‘dawn chorus’.

Company of Trees (2015, 11 mins) was inspired by walking near the artist’s home in rural Wales, and features an enigmatic woman in a red dress who circles around beech trees branded with tree fellers’ numbers. Presented as large-scale projections with timed screenings, the two films offer viewers the chance to be fully immersed in the forest and experience the environment in new and sometimes surprising ways.

Paintball Pictures (2018) is a series of 24 photographs that have been produced especially for Impressions Gallery and have never been exhibited before. Woodland scenes are transformed by the strange paraphernalia and brightly-coloured detritus of paintball battles, a leisure pursuit mirroring the system originally developed for forestry workers to mark trees.

Other works in the exhibition include Altar (2015, 8 mins), a vignetted film observing blue tits and coal tits; Stack (2015), an 8-metre long image presented on aluminium ‘planks’ that lean against the walls; and Becoming Forest (2017), a series of photographs in which tangles of new forest growth are digitally traced by the artist.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

There is a lift available to all floors, however, please ring the Welcome Desk on 01274 737843 if you are a wheelchair user visiting alone, for access to the front doors. There is free WiFi Internet access available within the gallery.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 18 Jan - Sat 16 Mar 2019
Tuesday - Thursday : - 10am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday : - 10am to 5pm
Sunday/Monday : - Closed


Prices

Free entry

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Map reference: SE 162329  Lat: 53.79275 Long: -1.75555

Impressions Gallery is in Centenary Square opposite City Hall. We're on the first floor, behind the Big Screen. The nearest disabled parking is behind City Hall or next to the Alhambra Theatre.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

There is a lift available to all floors, however, please ring the Welcome Desk on 01274 737843 if you are a wheelchair user visiting alone, for access to the front doors. There is free WiFi Internet access available within the gallery.