Love trees? Let's start a conversation.
This third exhbition in our series of six 'Ways of Making' exhibitions supported by Making Ways will see artist and landscape designer Catherine Dee cultivate a Parliament of Trees in the gallery at Persistence Works. On show are Dee’s 'Arte Povera' stick works and groves constructed with tiny living trees. Dee is a world authority on landscape architectural design and will be in residence on certain days (Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays - check latest web articles for details) offering free public advice on designing with trees. Her living tree designs may be commissioned (free to non-profit organisations) for planting out at the end of the exhibition. ‘Parliament’ refers not only to gallery visitor conversations and debates concerning trees that may be prompted by the exhibition, but to a language of trees: how they speak as groves, wildernesses and wood, sacred to every quarter.
“It is the job of the artist to change the language of things so that they speak afresh too. I try to create sculpture and landscape design that alter the way things are habitually perceived or done. Often this means returning to something very simple.”
'Parliament of Trees' forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city