Sunday 24 May 2020

Sentinel Trees

Welcome to Sentinel Trees, an exhibition of miniature art works from 13 artists and 9 authors. 
We are excited and pleased to be part of the Urban Tree Festival 2020.
Today is the last day of the exhibition and we would like to thank all the artists and writers who contributed their time and effort to make the show possible. Thanks also to the Urban Tree Festival; we hope you have taken part in some of the exciting events that have been going on all week.

Artist: Sally Barker Writer: Kim Reddick

Golden seeds,
From a forgotten land.
Swinging from trees,
Across silver sands.
Are they rare, or precious in some way?
The merchants are restless,
The bidding is today.

Golden seeds,
The price goes up and up,
A long way from their rustling leaves,
Where the winds blow warm and true.
Sold off to the highest bidder, 
As a token or a relic,
Seen for their image,
The golden seeds,
A legacy in a capsule,
Of a long gone time, 
Or a long gone land...

But then,
Are all seeds not golden?

About the Writer

Kim is a regular walker in Epping forest.

About the Artist

Sally Barker (b 1962 Yorkshire) is a visual artist, living in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. She works mainly in sculpture and installation but also works with printing, drawing, video and the occasional performance. She is a member of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group, has exhibited widely within the UK and Europe, showing equally in gallery and non-gallery, outdoor settings, from Tate Modern to the fells of the Lake District. She has undertaken many residencies and commissions, mainly in connection with the two forces that underpin her work - the landscape and feminism. Her practise is driven by a desire to expose and dismantle aspects of power and control, looking at fault and damage. There is a dark but wry humour here which rescues the work from being pious or preachy. 

Artists Alban and Jack

About the Artists

Alban Low is involved in many creative projects, these include album artwork, publishing chapbooks, making films, maps, conceptual exhibitions, live performance and good old drawing. He is artist-in-residence at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's University of London. Low spends his evenings in the jazz clubs of London where he captures the exhilaration of live performances in his sketchbook. On Wednesday evenings he sketches the performers on the radio show A World in London at Resonance FM. During the 2020 Lockdown he made his first radio programme, The All Vinyl A to Z of Africa.

Jack is an artist collaborating with Alban for Sentinel Trees.

Artist: Bryan Benge

About the Artist

Bryan is a founder member of Collect Connect and a member of the London Group.

Artist: Ann Kopka

About the Artist

Ann Kopka is a visual artist and curator. She has exhibited in London, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the USA and her work is held in private collections in the UK, France, Spain, USA and Australia.
Ann studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and The City Lit, and Museum Curating at The Tate Modern. She studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art at the Open University and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree.
Ann is a volunteer project co-ordinator at the Heath Robinson Museum London where she is involved with organising and curating temporary exhibitions. Ann is a member of The Free Painters and Sculptors, an Independent artists’ co-operative and charity

Artist: Stella Tripp

About the Artist

I live in Exeter – pretty close to my place of birth: Taunton in Somerset. But I travelled the long way round – living and studying in Israel, Portsmouth, London, and America along the way. I have made and exhibited art in all those places, as well as holding many exhibitions here in the south west. 

I work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, mixed-media constructions and ceramics. Since 2015 I have also been exploring collaborative performative practice, as a founding member of Preston Street Union (PSU) –  an Exeter-based affiliation of artists who generate new work and learning through social, collaborative processes. 

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