Ann Chester King

Traces : At the Ariel Centre Totnes





'Traces' – A poignant themed exhibition, explored through Ann Chester King's paintings and photography, with Bev Knowlden's haunting, evocative sculptures and mixed media.


A central part of this exhibition is about the collaborative process exploring the 'Traces' theme. The artists will be working throughout the show to produce an installation together on a daily basis. Students from the Community College will also be producing work during the exhibition in which visitors will be warmly invited to contribute as well.


It's an exciting exploration into the fragments that have previously made a 'whole',  These fragments are not always visible or apparent until they re-emerge as part of a newly created whole in the art work.


Ann's work explores aspects of Dartmoor, where seemingly empty barren spaces reveal tracts, stones, well-trodden paths, both ancient and immediate. Her paintings present landscapes and explorations responding to earlier traces of human endeavour and struggle.


Bev's sculptures both hide and reveal simultaneously. Focusing mainly on faces, her sculptures are cast using a pioneering fragmented technique. This gives glimpses of character and expression, often haunting and poignant.




The exhibition/installation is being held at The Ariel Centre, KEVICC'S (The Community College) in Totnes as part of Devon Open Studios in September.


One of the artists will be at the exhibition each day between  10am and 16.00pm, and on Saturdays, they will hold workshops between 11am and 12pm, for both adults and children who would like to join in and create their own 'traces'.


Harry Chester-King, who works at the Tate Modern in London, will be giving a talk on Saturday September 16th in the main gallery.


The exhibition runs from September 9th – 23rd, from 9.30am – 4.30pm. (closed on Sundays)



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