Saturday 14 May 2022
Meet the Artist: Nessie Ramm
2.30pm Talk with Q&A
Toadflax, woundwort, goat’s-beard, viper’s bugloss: the names read like a 16th Century Herbal. But if you’re looking for our native wildflowers you might struggle to find them in the fields, where intensive methods disrupt their habitat. Instead, turn your attention to the verges alongside Britain’s road network. There you will find these plants from a lost era, now taking refuge on roundabouts, slip-roads and in litter-strewn lay-bys.
Nessie Ramm is on a mission to paint the road verges of Britain in exquisite detail on to metal road signs; to render visible the wildness and value of these unloved spaces. Her work is both a joyful celebration of what she finds and a call to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.
Come and hear Nessie talk about her work and about local efforts to rewild the Wealden landscape.
2.30pm, Saturday 9 April 2022
Meet the Artist:
Mark was born in Yorkshire and studied photography at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, moving to London in 1991. He initially worked as a photographer before focusing more on illustration and computer design, going on to work in many sections of the design and publishing industry.
Mark now lives in Sussex, finding inspiration in the incredible local landscapes particularly the Ashdown Forest and the South Downs.
His photographs are digitally merged with other photographs, paintings, drawings, textures, and found objects to create the final pieces. Some of the pictures are more literal interpretations of the places I have photographed, while others are more conceptual or graphic in their approach, but all seek to evoke the beauty, drama, and atmosphere of the landscapes around me.
Trees feature in many of Mark's pieces, being such an integral part of our perception of the world about us. Providing food, shade, air, and materials, tress have played a huge part in human evolution and history. Recent scientific discoveries about how they communicate and help one another or their symbiotic relationship with Mycorrhizal fungi reveal another level of complexity and harmony in their ecosystems.
The names of the artworks often refer to the GPS coordinates where the original photograph was taken.
Mark's designs are available as Giclee Fine Art prints or as Brushed Aluminium Di-Bond Prints, both in various sizes.