Hop Kilns exhibition LR image 1The Hop Kilns Heritage Centre at Briddlesford Lodge Farm is set to host its second visual art exhibition since its opening in November 2014, with Islanders invited to a preview evening next month.

The new exhibition, entitled ‘Confessions’ by Salisbury based artist Laurence Dubé-Rushby, will open on Friday 6th March and will continue right through until Sunday 31st May.

A Meet & Greet event is being held on Friday 6th at 17:30 where visitors will have the opportunity to meet Laurence Dubé-Rushby and hear how she approached the project. Judi Griffin will also be present to talk about the restoration project which began in January 2014.

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Laurence looks at the way the farming industyu surrounds us, from shaping our landscapes to filling our fridges’ it examines the relation we bear with our food and with the animal world. Guided by a childlike curiosity, she explores the notion of life and death in the farming context; what is revealed? What is hidden? What do we know, what don’t we want to know?

During her first visit to Briddlesford Lodge Farm in Wootton back in October 2014, Laurence met the Griffin family and their cows. She spent time collecting stories from the family members, bonding with the herd and following the cycle of the daily farm routine. Using a playful combination of pinhole images, basic animations, audio materials and animal skins, she presents new narratives where the edges between humans and animals are blurred.

Laurence creates installations in social, geographical and historical contexts. The work highlights the relationship between individuals and their environment, exploring the notions of time, origin and place.

The newly restored Hop Kilns opened to the public in November last year with the installation by artist and basket-weave Tim Johnson. The restoration project is the latest in a series of developments to the Griffin family’s business at Briddlesford, adding to their increased Guernsey herd, thriving farms shop and Bluebells Café.

The restoration took place to preserve the Hop Kilns on the farm and convert them into a museum and gallery space. It aims to explore and celebrate the rural heritage at Briddlesford Lodge Farm and, more widely, historic and modern day agriculture on the Isle of Wight and its way of life through collections, artefacts and contemporary visual art.

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The restoration of the Hop Kilns have been supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund. The commissioned artworks have been supported by the Arts Council of England.

The Heritage Centre is open 10:00-17:00 daily. Entry is free.

Featured Photograph: Julian Winslow
Main Photograph: Laurence Dubé-Rushby

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