City Slickers, Rae Hicks, oil on jute

City Slickers, Rae Hicks, oil on jute

Nowhere I, Gill Rocca, oil on wood, 2016. Photo Gill Rocca

Nowhere I, Gill Rocca, oil on wood, 2016. Photo Gill Rocca

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Some:When (detail), Jethro Brice and Seila Fernandez Arconada, handmade boat and projection, 2015 (projection 2016), Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Some:When (detail), Jethro Brice and Seila Fernandez Arconada, handmade boat and projection, 2015 (projection 2016), Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Poniou, Veronica Vickery, oil on canvas, steel and vinyl lettering, 2012-2016. Part of Imagined landscapes, Photo Alice Hendy 2016

Poniou, Veronica Vickery, oil on canvas, steel and vinyl lettering, 2012-2016. Part of Imagined landscapes, Photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Long Shore Drift (low Tide), Lydia Halcrow, gold leaf and acrylic on canvas, 2010. Part of Imagined Landscapes, Photo Alice Hendy 2016

Long Shore Drift (low Tide), Lydia Halcrow, gold leaf and acrylic on canvas, 2010. Part of Imagined Landscapes, Photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes, photo Alice Hendy 2016

Imagined Landscapes explores an alternative understanding of place in contemporary art and the role of the artist as spatial narrator, cartographer and geographer.

In response to visions of Wessex – an imagined literary place – found in Inquisitive Eyes, this multi-disciplinary group exhibition visits imaginary and real spaces, where myth and memory blend and landscapes are mapped, re-imagined and collaged back together. Through fictional topographies, ancient sites and transparent borders, the exhibition explores our relationship to place, both real and imagined.

Some artists furrow through the land, extracting a sense of place from the ground itself, or use feathers, stone and chalk to evoke the physical history of a site. On the surface, these imagined landscapes reveal traces, marks and pathways, creating fissures in the land where histories are revived and new stories are created.

Environmental issues come to the fore, as tidal erosion, coastal flooding and the scars left by human cultivation create new relationships with an ever-changing landscape.

Featured artists include: Jethro Brice, Iain Biggs RWA, Stephen Felmingham, Seila Fernandez Arconada, Paul Fieldsend-Danks, Paul Gough RWA, Lydia Halcrow, Tim Harrisson RWA, Rae Hicks, Eileen Lawrence RSA, Will Mclean, Gill Rocca, Melanie Rose, Jem Southam and Veronica Vickery. 

6 February – 12 June 2016

Admission prices

Ticket includes admission to all concurrent exhibitions

Adults: £6.95
(includes a 70p donation)

Concessions: £4.95
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Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE

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Sunday: 11am – 5pm
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