“Everywhere I went on my travels, wheat seemed to be grown. Sometimes on a huge industrial landscape scale and sometimes smaller, the odd field here or there. My eyes opened to its presence; I became aware of it…”
In this exhibition, Kurt Jackson traces the journey of a staple crop – wheat – from ‘field to fork’ through a range of media spanning paint, sculpture, poetry and film.
The building that now houses the Jackson Foundation was once an integral part of Warrens Bakery, the oldest pasty makers in Cornwall. From here, forklift trucks darted back and forth taking their loads to the bakery up the road, where the sweet aromas of baking bread and cakes, sausage rolls and pasties emanated, perfuming the town, filling the streets.
In this exhibition, Kurt Jackson explores how this simple crop has shaped the landscape (and our lives) though a beautifully eclectic body of work.
Wheat: From Plough to Plate was presented in collaboration with Survival International, of which Kurt Jackson is an Ambassador.
During the run of Wheat, the Jackson Foundation’s Upstairs Gallery space exhibited Echoes of a Vanished World, a beautiful selection of photographs by explorer and Survival International co-founder Robin Hanbury-Tenison.