Ackroyd & Harvey: The Lark Descending

10 May 2018 – 27 May 2018

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Daily from 11am - 5pm

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As part of Surrey Unearthed, artist duo Ackroyd & Harvey will present The Lark Descending, an evolving exhibition and dynamic events programme exploring the ecology, geology, history and culture of Leith Hill.


Taking place in the former Body Shop in Dorking, the exhibition will be built around six key elements: Air, Terra, Soil, Water, Clay and Oil, assuming the multiple layers of the land itself, and referencing the imminent threat to Leith Hill from exploratory oil drilling.

The exhibition will be augmented by a series of talks, workshops and discussions covering, respectively, the protected flora and fauna of Leith Hill; the importance of soil for plant growth; decomposition and carbon capture; psycho-social dreaming and our innate connection with the land; and the on-going mission of A Voice for Leith Hill, Leith Hill Action Group and campaigners to protect and preserve the land.   

The Lark Descending, a playful take on Ralph Vaughan Williams’ piece The Lark Ascending, seeks to ‘unearth’

our emotional connection with the Surrey Hills, revealing the fragility, beauty and deeper chords of influence wielded by Leith Hill.

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