Birds, Botany and John Clare
8 JUNE - 31 JUL 2022
OPEN WED-SUN, 10AM-5PM
Established wildlife artist Carry Akroyd has long admired the poetry of John Clare (1793 – 1864). The core of this exhibition in the gallery is a suite of 16 hand-drawn lithographs that incorporate extracts from his poems, while the full text of the poems will be displayed alongside the prints. Although so much of the rural landscape familiar to Clare has changed, his observations and concerns still speak to us two hundred years on. Carry Akroyd lives in Northamptonshire and draws inspiration from the farmed landscape around her where wildlife survives mostly on the edges. Her work, as a painter and printmaker, is characterised by a bold palette and a strong sense of composition.
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