I thoroughly recommend the exhibition Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979 now on at Southampton City Art Gallery. I think it captures the attitude to landscape and ecological concern which characterises British Land Art of this period. It features a wide selection of artists, not just Long and Goldsworthy, and even includes Barry Flanagan and Antony Gormley. Combining this exhibition with a visit to the Hansard Gallery for an exhibition about Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson on their 1969 visit to Britain, provides a complementary demonstration of the American version of land art. These exhibitions are not to be missed if you have any interest in what we are doing to the world
Neuf, the first graduates of the Eastleigh College Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles course, are holding their first exhibition since graduating (I’m not counting the stand at the NEC last month as that was more a promotion for the college and didn’t show all their work). It’s hard not to refer to them as ‘the big girls’ still- they were scaling the dizzy heights of year three when we were only year 2. Be that as it may, this exhibition is a delight with beautiful work on show in a fascinating venue. It confirms that life after FDA is good! Catch the exhibition at Hanger Farm, Aikman Lane, Totton, SO40 8FT until 27 April.
The dates and place of our degree show have been confirmed and we have made the poster. On show will also be the work of the students in the second year of the Foundation Degree course, as well as work by City & Guilds and Masterclass students. The following traders are going to attend: Art Van Go, Chrome Yellow Books, Silk Sacks, Thermofax Printing, Thredfairy and Winifred Cottage. Make sure you bring some money for all those must haves!
Despite the snow there was a big turnout for this event on Saturday. Alice Kettle gave an excellent, thoughtful talk about her work and the audience was able to discuss it further with her over a delicious traditional English tea (organised so well by Alison). A good time was had by all.