We are delighted to announce that Small Gods, a solo show by Cape Town-based artist Oliver Barnett is now open at our Cotswolds Design Studio from Saturday 19 September and will run until 10 October.
Presented by Damian Nixon and Flora Fairbairn, this solo exhibition brings Barnett back to his birthplace, Oxfordshire, to showcase a new series of large-scale photographs communicating the power and mystery of our natural world.
Barnett’s photographs depict alternative worlds: mystical forests and spiritual landscapes that Barnett has discovered during his many explorations of the wilds of South Africa, as well as in the beech forests of Devon. In Small Gods, Barnett’s lens leads the viewer on a metaphysical journey that throws up questions about our ongoing, symbiotic relationship with nature.
The natural world is presented both as an environment that contains us and an organism of which we are an integral part. A pervasive animism that runs through the work is both a revival of an ancient respect for nature’s power, and a reminder of our present responsibilities in an unprece- dented era of human impact on the earth’s wild habitats.
Like so many events and exhibitions up and down the country, Oliver Barnett: Small Gods, originally due to open in April, was postponed due to COVID-19. In the intervening period, the natural world seemed more visible as human activity retreated. As we emerge from lockdown and return to our daily lives, Barnett’s work reminds us again to look deeper into the delicate beauty and wonder of the surrounding landscape.
Barnsdale Way, Grove Park
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Our Design Studios have now re-opened.
Please see below for the opening hours and contact details.
If you would like to visit outside of these hours, then please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate.
CLERKENWELL DESIGN STUDIO
44 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0HA
Monday-Friday: 10.00am - 3.30pm
T: 0207 490 1523 (during opening hours)
CHELSEA DESIGN STUDIO
120 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HU
Monday-Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Saturday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
T: 0207 373 9900 (during opening hours)
COTSWOLDS DESIGN STUDIO
Heath Farm, Swerford, Chipping Norton, OX7 4BN
Monday-Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday-Sunday: by appointment
T: 01608 683 161 (during opening hours)
LEICESTER DESIGN STUDIO
Barnsdale Way, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 1SN
Monday-Friday: 9.00am - 4.00pm (by appointment only)
T: 07799 772288 (during opening hours)
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