Here at Regent’s Place, ecology and sustainability matter. Throughout April we are embracing the longer and warmer days with a closer look at how artists and designers respond to these important issues.
Follow our Art Curator Rosie Glenn as she uncovers our upcoming environmental exhibition, explores ideas from Regent’s Place artists Sir Antony Gormley and Gary Hume on sustainability, and reviews the National History Museum’s current display on our relationship with nature.
Sisyphus in Retrograde
Make a start with Sisyphus in Retrograde, an exhibition taking place in 15-17 Triton Street between 9 April and 4 May. Featuring a series of activated sculptures, installations and films, artists Sol Bailey-Barker, Evy Jokhova, Adeline De Monseignat, Nissa Nishikawa and Harrison Pearce are inviting viewers to consider the use of ancient knowledge to develop sustainability in the current era of environmental crisis. Supported by Arts Council England, and curated by London Curatorial and Andrea Contemporary, the exhibition includes a programme of free public events such as live music and dance performances, interactive workshops and artist talks.
Antony Gormley & Gary Hume
Environmental concerns are key issues for Regent’s Place artists Sir Antony Gormley and Gary Hume. A strong advocate of sustainability, Gormley often creates pieces which explore questions around climate change, including Another Place, a series of 100 cast-iron sculptures of Gormley’s own body, figures which pose questions around humanity’s relationship with nature and our ability to live sustainably. Call to 350 Euston Road to view Reflection, Gormley’s cast-iron sculpture. In addition, Gary Hume, whose Pecking Bird installation forms a natural gateway to our campus from its Hampstead Road vantage point, is a keen advocate of natural connections. Based in London for part of the year, he spends the summer months with his family in upstate New York’s Catskills Mountains. Here, Hume and his artist wife, Georgie Hopton, enjoy a peaceful retreat, tending their vegetable gardens, ponds and fruit trees, making maple syrup and apple vinegar. Inspired by the natural bounty surrounding this rural retreat, the artworks created there evoke birds, plants and flowers, in fact “all things he sees from his window”.
Expeditions and Endeavours
Meanwhile, across town at London’s Natural History Museum, Expeditions and Endeavours explores the voyages throughout history which have broadened our understanding of the natural world. On display to October 2019, this free exhibition showcases important original illustrations and photographs, including documents from Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage (1768-1771). Inspired? You can also view the Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year presentation during your visit (entrance fee applies) or, if you’re a night owl, make the most of their Lates and Silent Disco sessions.
Images in order of use :
Pecking Bird by Gary Hume at Regent’s Place © Artist
Reflection by Antony Gormley at Regent’s Place © Artist
Expeditions and Endeavours © Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London (2018). All rights reserved.