ISOLA - In Sight of Titian’s Garden and the Laguna Veneta

20 Nov 2016 – 18 Dec 2016

Event times

Thurs / Fri 10 – 5, Sat 11–3 and by appointment

Cost of entry


Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre

Marlborough, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Train: London Paddington to Bedwyn. Taxi or bus to Marlborough

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Sara Lee, Prudence Ainslie and Meryl Setchell Ainslie. An exhibition of works on paper and sculpture inspired by the Rabley Venice Residency at Palazzo Dalla Rosa where the artists stayed during the summer of 2015.


Sara Lee has absorbed the magical light of Venice that comes in part from the water on which it seems impossibly built.

Her images capture dawn and dusk across the Laguna to the isola facades of this beguiling city. She has used gouache on paper, sometimes including a printed woodcut layer.

This timeless city, recognisable from centuries of painters, is held, like a new day in her palette.


Prudence Ainslie’s prints are constructed worlds, created from Venice’s hidden gardens and architecture. These spaces are only glimpsed as a visitor to the city, an outsider, a voyeur.

From these obscured views, selected photographic frames are folded to create structures that emulate the original hidden worlds. Each is re-imaged using the unique Venetian light to create the illusion of 3D.

Ainslie explores the dynamic of inside and outside, near and far, confinement and openness.


Meryl Setchell Ainslie’s Fine Silver sculptures are vessels cast using fragments of surfaces, moulded from the gravestones of the Isola di San Michele, the dedicated resting place of  Venice’s dead.

The patterns, letters and numbers are the legend of the history of this island’s people. A 24ct gold point marks the acqua alta (high water-line).  A holed hull leaks, forebodings of this Islands vulnerable relationship with the sea. 



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