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A profound interest in the Tree is expressed through the works of each of the four participating artists. Whether by utilising the tree as a collaborator or conduit, they explore a tree’s growth habits or seed formation, or present forms and narratives inspired by certain tree species and their roles in mythological, cultural and ecological systems. In doing so, each artist presents their own relationship with trees within either an idiosyncratic and/or universal context. This exhibition has evolved over time. The initial proposal for Tree was developed in 2011 by Boscacci and Sweeney, who working under the collaborative moniker of Enviropairs, invited Cornwall and Gaemers to become part of the project. All four artists have been featuring trees and related themes in their works for many years.

This exhibition showcases their use of traditional and experimental processes through a variety of media, including; painting, drawing, print, weaving, sculpture, installation, photographs, sound and video works. Art generally reflects the social, political and physical environment of the day, and is an effective tool for communicating ideas, providing comment and presenting alternative perspectives. These works provide an opportunity for the viewer to consider contemporary issues relating to our natural environment, to reflect upon their own connections with nature, and in particular, trees. Bernadette Boscacci and Robyn Sweeney Enviropairs

With individual ages spanning four decades, each artist brings her experience, individual perspectives and knowledge from their own particular generation and skills set. They are all keen gardeners and nature lovers and have been involved in regeneration projects and/or environmental activism throughout their lives.

“Ancient trees are precious.There is little else on Earth that plays host to such a rich community of life within a single living organism.� Sir David Attenborough

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