Les Carrières d’Ocre - Mixed Media Exhibition by Jan Chlebek and Carole Nunes

2 May 2016 – 14 May 2016

Event times

Monday to Friday : 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Cost of entry


Westminster Reference Library

England, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Tube: Charing X / Leicester Square
  • Charing Cross

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The ochre quarries of the Roussillon and Rustrel in the Luberon have inspired this exhibition of textiles, photographs, paintings and models by artists Chlebek & Nunes.


 A fascinating sight sculpted by storms, shaped by wind and rain over the ages, these ancient ochre deposits present enchanting scenery in the form of cliffs, earth pillars and ochre-coloured sand hillocks.  Situated at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse, perched high on a hilltop, the village of Roussillon overlooks the red of the cliff faces carved out over two centuries ago.  Further east, south of Rustrel, the "Provençal Colorado" is the most spectacular of the rich ochre sites to be found.  Centuries of the earth's layers are exposed, revealing white limestone, green clays and banks of ochre sands that take on forms rarely seen elsewhere.  At one time, 17 different ochre tints were quarried in Roussillon.  The ochre business was at its best towards the end of the 19th century and ochre from Roussillon was exported all over the world.

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