Lockdown made us look anew at our local areas. We could exercise but only ‘around the block’; we saw our localities with fresh eyes, special in their own right and given the chance, they revealed their natural wonders to us. For leading contemporary artist Kurt Jackson, ‘around the block’ meant a walk into and along Kenidjack Valley, tracing the stream down to the sea and then up and along the cliffs and home.
This latest blockbuster exhibition at the Jackson Foundation – a large, ambitious and multiple award-winning art-space in St Just, Cornwall – is a stunning collection of paintings and sculpture inspired by this stream from its source on the moors, down through the valley and into the sea, taking in the sights, sounds, history, heritage and wildlife along the way.
August 28th 2021 – February 20th 2022.
North Row, St Just,
Cornwall, TR19 7LB.
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For this project, Jackson worked in situ at Littlejohn’s china clay works, observing the workers in the pit as they extracted and transported the china clay in an extraordinary manmade landscape. The dramatic (and sometimes extreme) variations in the weather inspired a diverse range of drawings and paintings, perched on the edge of the pit or down in the depths – including the clay and stone itself in the mix.
Solo Touring Exhibition
18th September – 20th November 2021.
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum,, Foregate St, Worcester, WR1 1DT.
Mermaids’ Tears is the first exhibition in Scotland to chart Kurt Jackson’s campaigning work to address the blight of plastic in the ocean, and draws attention to the resin pellets or nurdles from plastic manufacturing (colloquially known as mermaids’ tears) that pollute the environment.
The Dovecot Commission interprets ‘Mermaid’s Tears’, a painting made by Jackson in 2016 for the pressure group Surfers Against Sewage. The plastic pieces embedded in the original painting have enabled Dovecot to experiment using plastic, debris and string fibres collected by Jackson and which point to the devastating effects of plastic pollution in our seas. Dovecot’s constructed textile specialist Louise Trotter has worked with Kurt Jackson to achieve a sensitive balance of colour and texture. The contrast between the fishing rope and wool (the traditional and sustainable fibre used in rug making) powerfully illustrates the incursion of plastics into the natural environment.
The collaboration between the Jackson and Dovecot will be shown in Edinburgh at the same time as COP 26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties taking place in Glasgow on 31 October–12 November 2021.
October 2nd 2021 – February 5th 2022
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT.
Our existence depends on biodiversity; the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink all depend on it…
With a series of paintings, sculptures and mixed media works this exhibition will aim to show what an amazingly biodiverse world we still live in and how this is changing. All these life forms have the same entitlement to live as we do and fundamentally they are all individually fascinating, extraordinary and beautiful organisms in their own right. By being aware of the life we share this planet with we can appreciate it and then conserve it.
At the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford – from February 1st 2022.