Workshop: Fertile Grounds
Saturday 21 April, 10.00 – 16.00 & Sunday 22 April, 11.00 – 17.00
“The Thames is constantly in flux and is a profoundly liminal space. Twice a day its banks are hidden by the rising tide and twice a day the water recedes, leaving many various objects. It is this reveal that as an artist I find fascinating and critical to the Thames' relationship to London, because when viewed in this manner, the river acts as London's cultural barometer and the objects left on its banks become extremely relevant as indicators of the city's activity.” - Danny Treacy
Artist Danny Treacy leads a two-day workshop exploring the creative potential of ‘mudlarking’, engaging with the River Thames over a series of activities and visiting the river at low tide to collect objects left on its banks.
Treacy’s immersive practice incorporates photography, sculpture, collecting and anthropology, often gathering found and abandoned objects and making them the subject of his work through transformative processes such as deconstruction, reconstruction and finally photography.
Taking the Thames as his subject - historically the reason that London flourished via its trade routes to become England’s capital – learn about the conceptual approach to his work before leaving the studio to work off-site to experience his process, making photographic work outside and collecting materials. The following day return to the studio to photograph the objects in various ways and combinations in order to explore their meaning and aesthetic value and how this changes from the river to the studio.
Participants are required to bring a digital camera so that work can be presented and shared with each other. All other materials are provided.
Danny Treacy works primarily with photography. He has exhibited worldwide, including his first solo exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2008. His work has been featured and discussed in many magazines and publications, including ‘Autofocus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography’, Thames & Hudson, London, 2010 and ‘Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography’, Phaidon Press, London 2006.
£200/£180 members & concessions
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