Of The Sand: A Celebration of Life in the Dunes
19th - 22nd March 2023
Open daily 12:30-5:30
(12:30-3:30 on Monday 20th)
Coming to Studio KIND. this March is a pop-up exhibition hosted by Dynamic Dunescapes, ‘Of The Sand: A Celebration of Life in the Dunes’.
Dynamic Dunescapes is a nationwide project to conserve & improve the quality of sand dune habitats, and to help people to engage with their local sand dunes. Sand dunes are an incredibly important habitat to a number of rare and interesting species, but they are also regarded as Europe’s most threatened habitat; More than a quarter of all sand dunes have been lost in the last 100 years.
As part of the project, Dynamic Dunescapes have worked with local communities, schools and artists to help bring sand dunes alive through art. The pop-up exhibition brings together work through sound, dance and more traditional media created by a number of artists from around the country.
One of those artists was Mac Dunlop, a sound artist who created ‘Sand Waves’, including five sound art compositions made from, and or, inspired by recordings made at Upton Towans - the 'Dynamite Dunes' between Hayle and Godrevy in Cornwall, and Perran Sands, or Penhale Dunes at Perranporth a bit further up the coast.
Pip Cook’s parsnip prints also feature in the exhibition. Pip is an apprentice with Cornwall Wildlife Trust working with Dunescapes, and her illustration technique for her insects involved block printing using parsnips (other root vegetables are available, even turnips!) and Caligo Safe Wash relief ink in sepia. Details were then completed using a charcoal stick, and coloured areas were painted onto the paper using a brush or roller, then cut out and collaged onto the page.
Also featuring are pieces created by Ilfracombe CofE Junior School, who have been working hard to create work on the theme of ‘sand dune scenes’. Making great use of colour, perspective and different painting techniques, they have created fabulous dunescapes of their own.
And sitting proudly in the middle of the gallery is ‘Sanda’, a community painted cow sculpture painted by visitors of the Woolacombe Arts Festival last summer.