A Space for the Bittern An exhibition by Simon Ryder

24 May 2014 – 25 May 2014

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10am -5pm

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Stroud Valleys Artspace

Stroud, United Kingdom


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A church nave displaced by flooding, the migration of birdsong due to rising sea levels, the cyclic flow of waters at the source of the Thames, A Space for the Bittern weaves together historical events, current environmental data and future conjecture to explore our shifting relationship with water in a time of climate change. Situated on the southern edge of the Cotswold Water Park, this exhibition includes 3D-printed bronzes, animation, photography and a specially commissioned vocal soundscape by Eleanor Holliday, to create an imaginary space in which to consider how we might need to adapt in the future. As a metaphor for this change, Simon Ryder has taken the spiral form of the oospore (seed) of the ancient stonewort plant, which thrives in the lime-rich waters of the Park. The five interlocking spiral cells that make up the oospore appear as a recurring motif throughout the show, something that is explored further through the use of sound, sung and spoken, in anticipation of a new sound, a migrant sound, that of the ‘booming' Bittern. ‘A Space for the Bittern' is the concluding event of a residency in the Cotswold Water Park, hosted by the Cotswold Water Park Trust, funded by Arts Council England, curated by Lesley Greene. The exhibition is supported by Leigh Parish Council, the Churches Conservation Trust, Gloucester City Museum and SVA. in the Old Chancel, Waterhay Access via farm track from Upper Waterhay Farm, Leigh. Google: SN6 6QY. Live performance Saturday 24th Entrance free. Parking available nearby. Bring suitable footware

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