Thursday 11 October 2018, 6:30 - 7:45pm


Free, public event
No booking required


Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, Buckhurst Ln, Sevenoaks TN13 1HW

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Woodland and Artist Talk: French & Mottershead

Listen to French & Mottersheads work Woodland and then join us for a discussion of the work and a wider discussion of the project with Andrew Mottershead and Madeleine Hodge one of the curators of The Ash Archive

Woodland is a poetic and visceral work that describes your body’s fade into the leaf litter of the forest floor. This work connects you deeply to your body, and considers the biological and chemical processes that continue long after you are conscious, as you are slowly and gently subsumed by the earth over thousands of years. Woodland is a love poem to the forest, as bodies merge with the molecular environments that support life.

In this special presentation you will have a chance to listen to the full work in the gallery and then join us for a discussion about the process of making the work, and we will look at the intersections between this work and The Ash Archive and talk more widely about The Ash Project.  The Ash Archive is a collaboration between the University of Kent and The Ash Project. The Ash Project is an urgent cultural response to this devastating loss of one of our most important species of tree. 

French & Mottershead

Creating multi-artform experiences that are as playful and poetic as they are subversive, French & Mottershead invite participants to think again about who they are, and their ties to place and one another.

Over the past 18 years French & Mottershead have developed a substantial body of socially-engaged, visual and participatory projects in site-specific contexts and locations. They have also shown work in galleries across the UK and internationally, including Tate Modern; The Photographers Gallery; Salt, Istanbul; Centro Cultural São Paulo; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PiCA).

The Ash Project is grateful to galleries across Kent for hosting The Ash Archive tours in 2018, including Studio 3 Gallery at the University of Kent, Limbo in Margate in May, Halpern Gallery in Chatham in July, UCA Brewery Tap in Folkestone as part of the Salt Festival, in September and Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks, in October.