Parts of a whole

20 Jun 2024 – 22 Jun 2024

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Thu, 20 Jun
18:00 – 21:00
Fri, 21 Jun
12:00 – 18:00
Sat, 22 Jun
12:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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England, United Kingdom

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Solo exhibition by Ben Hartley at Kit Form Gallery, presenting new sculptural works that combine contemporary and industrial materials with ancient vernacular craft processes, exploring the interpretation of artefacts and the misunderstandings that occur.


A sherd, or potsherd is an archaeological term for a piece of pottery, a smaller piece broken off from a larger whole. In archaeology, usage of sherd is preferred over the more common spelling shard, where sherd refers to ceramics and shard to glass.

Sherds are the most common and numerous artefacts of ancient civilisations. The word can be seen as a metaphor for the fragments of the culture of the historical societies that created them. The artwork in the exhibition probes at how future societies would view and interpret the physical objects our industrialised society would leave behind. 

Ben Hartley is a Bristol based artist. Their practice is predominantly centred around objects and materials and their ability to hold and tell stories. Their work makes use of fictioning to create art that probes in and around the edges of the anthropocene and mythology, and bears witness to the Earth’s pasts and the futures. 

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