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INHABITANT Press Release Contemporary Art Exhibition in Farnham Library Gardens, Surrey. Farnham Library Gardens, 28 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DR.

Exhibition dates: 1st June - 27th September 2011. Private view: 1st June 2011, 12:00 - 14:00.

Situated in the heart of Farnham town, the Library Gardens transforms itself as host to nine BA Fine Art students from the nearby university of UCA. The students, a mix of second and third years, have collaborated to create an environment within the gardens using the word “INHABITANT” as muse. As the majority of students who have embarked on this project will be leaving the university this year, as well as Farnham, the word inhabitant not only resembles the garden in which they will exhibit for the final time but to the town which has played “house” to many during these three years. The Library Gardens exhibition will run from 1st June 2011 until 27th September 2011. The four-month longevity of this project allows the students to engage fully with the idea of inhabiting a space as well as situating their work away from the refines of a studio, in this case within an established garden setting. Through the means of sculpture the students explore many issues as diverse as coming of age and cultural rituals through to domestic violence and selfrepresentation of the female form. Together they have produced an exciting yet thought-provoking show which is a must see during the summer.

HANNAH DAVIES / EMMA FOSTER / MARIANNE GLASS / TIMOTHY HOLT / CHRIS HORNER / HALEY MARTINEZ / LORNA MAVRADAS / LOUISE PATEY / MAGDALENA RAJNOHOVA Admission Free For further information on the work on show, contact Andrea Gregson, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art/Sculpture at agregson@ucreative.ac.uk. For more information on UCA courses contact Paul Vivian, Course Leader at pvivian@ucreative.ac.uk.

Parking in Farnham: There are 2 disabled spaces at the library. Nearest pay and display car parks are Wagon Yard and Lower and Upper Hart. By Bus: From Guildford and Alton 64, 64x From Aldershot 4, 5, 18, 19 For other buses and times check out Surrey's Bus timetables. By Train: Farnham is on a mainline service from Waterloo to Alton. The library is a 15 minute walk from the station.

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The walk-through garden shed by Chris Pike is conspicuous in its positioning, arresting the pedestrian flow, and jolting the viewer’s awareness by its incongruity. More subtle are the dissolving sugar sculptures by Gee Simmons, semi-obscured amongst the shrubbery. Angela Shaw works in collaboration with nature and her latex tree moulds resemble flaking skin of the yews from which they are cast. The billowing canvas of Vanessa Knott contrasts starkly, both in colour and in tension, with the taut black yarn attaching it to the supporting trees. Thomas Hyland incorporates both disjointed tree limbs and metal surrounds in an uncanny appendage to the existing trees. The interlocking metal structure of Janet Morton Roca recalls the balancing point of human struggle, whilst Ted Litchfield uses plastic-covered metal to display the restrictive dimensions of a prison cell, which the visitor can enter. Escaping the boundaries of the gardens, the wooden structure by James Murison will progressively climb the outlying walls meanwhile the double geometric door shapes of Magdalena Rajnohova lean nonchalantly against a brick wall. Architectural elements are repaired and supported in a fragile structure by Alicia Tsigarides. Timothy Holt brings the viewer back to the fundamental support of art, the humble wooden stretcher. Visitors walking around the gardens will find that each artwork becomes prominent for a while.

Private view: Wednesday 2nd June 12 – 2pm Farnham Library, Vernon House, 28 West Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DR Website: www.farnhamlibrarygardens-uca.co.uk

For further information on the work on show, please contact Andrea Gregson, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art/Sculpture: agregson@ucreative.ac.uk For more information on UCA courses contact Paul Vivian, Course Leader: pvivian@ucreative.ac.uk

Parking in Farnham There are 2 disabled spaces at the library. Nearest pay and display car parks are Wagon Yard and Lower and Upper Hart. By Bus From Guildford and Alton 64, 64x From Aldershot 4, 5, 18, 19 For other buses and times check out Surrey's Bus timetables. By Train Farnham is on a mainline service from Waterloo to Alton. The library is a 15 minute walk from the station.


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