HELEN SEAR: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT DALBY FOREST 2017
Crescent Arts is delighted to announce a new partnership, working with Forestry Commission England at Dalby Forest to develop an exciting arts initiative in the forest as part of Forestry Commission England’s national programme, Forest Art Works.
We are proud to present Helen Sear as the first artist-in-residence at Dalby Forest. Helen will be working in the forest during 2017 to produce new work, drawing upon the environment and exploring its potential for making and presenting artworks. The residency will culminate in an exhibition of Helen’s work in early 2018, which will also include a selection of work produced for Wales in Venice 2015 as curated by Crescent Arts Director, Stuart Cameron.
“I am extremely excited to be working with the Forestry Commission’s team in Dalby Forest over the coming year and, with the support of Crescent Arts, to have the opportunity to develop my ongoing interests as an artist, namely our human relationships with time, landscape and the natural world” – Helen Sear
We are planning a programme of events and activities over the coming year, linked to Helen’s work at Dalby Forest which will involve artists based in the region and includes workshops, artists’ talks, educational projects and temporary exhibitions.
Helen Sear is an artist with a longstanding passion and interest in our relation to the natural environment. She studied at the Slade School, moving to Wales in 1984. She is an artist with a considerable international reputation and her photographic work became widely known in the 1991 British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain, touring Latin America and Eastern Europe. Her work was included in the exhibition About Face at the Hayward Gallery, London, 2004, and La Mirada Reflexiva at the Espai D’Art Contemporani in Castellon Spain, 2005. More recent exhibitions include, Inside The View, at Gallery Harmonia, Finland, 2006, Pond at Crescent Arts, 2011, and a major touring exhibition Lure in Wales, 2013. Publications include the bookwork Tale, 2009, accompanying the exhibition Beyond The View at Hoopers Gallery London, Klompching Gallery New York and Bildkultur, Stuttgart, 2010-12. Ffotogallery in Cardiff published her first major monograph Inside The View, 2012, and Brisées was published by GOST in 2013. Helen Sear was selected to represent Wales at Venice Biennale 2015, accompanied by the publication of ….the rest is smoke.
Crescent Arts would like to acknowledge financial support by Arts Council England and Ryedale District Council and to Forestry Commission England at Dalby Forest for this partnership project.