Virginia Ray: Land Has Memory

24 Jan 2015 – 14 Mar 2015

Event times

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Cost of entry

Free admission

New Ashgate Gallery

Surrey, United Kingdom


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Virginia’s family have lived and worked for generations in the landscape of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire and it is this landscape that is the focus of her work.


In this ‘Area of Outstanding Beauty’, Virginia sees not only rolling hills and vegetation but also a layering of time. To her, this landscape has memory and it is the fluidity and cycle of life on the land that is her interest. In particular, she is interested in the lead mines, the quarries and the building of the reservoirs in the Dale. Incorporating cement and old photographs in her work, Virginia seeks to highlight the cultural and human histories of this landscape.                                                                                                         

As Tacita Dean states, ‘Land is space in which the process of remembrance continues to activate the past.’

Virginia Ray has an MA in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

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