Four artists reconsider landscape through sound, sculpture, food, film and digital animation

This winter, Hestercombe Gallery in Somerset hosts a group exhibition in which four artists reconsider the physical world through sound, sculpture, food, film and digital animation, exploring how technology has changed our relationship to landscape.

The exhibition emerged as the result of a longstanding collaboration between artists Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant and Simon Lee Dicker – who instigated and took part in a series of artist residencies across the Orkney Isles.

Travelling, researching and responding across the archipelago, the artists spent time in a remote bothy, a lighthouse, a beachside golf course and a burial chamber. Working individually, they each developed distinctive connections with the islands’ human stories and extraordinary geography.


Odyssean: Topographies is not a conclusion to the project, but an opening, in which the artists reflect on their experiences, experiment with ideas and processes, generate new lines of enquiry and share questions common to their practices.

Large-scale sculpture, installation, animation, film, sound, workshops and events will be presented across the house and gardens of Hestercombe. The exhibition will also respond to its surroundings: a landscape at once historic and contemporary, highly managed and equally wild.

The exhibition programme includes a seminar in late January, on artistic research and new approaches to landscape. The event will include performance, food and collective discussions around mapping invisible and imagined spaces, and the idea of remoteness, both physical and emotional.

Odyssean: Topographies is open daily 11am – 4pm, from 18 November 2017 until 25 February 2018. The preview for the exhibition will take place on Friday 17 November.

The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and Gane Trust.

Exhibition and event listings
Exhibition Preview
17 November 2017, 6–8pm
Free, all welcome

Odyssean: Topographies
18 November – 25 February, open daily, 11am-4pm
Free to members or £10.45 for an adult ticket (concessions available). Ticket includes entry to the House and Gardens.

PHOTO: Rackwick Bothy.



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