MARTIN BROCKMAN: FREE AS THE FIELDS

18th May – 30th June, starting with Robertsbridge Dawn Chorus Walk on May 18th. Each workshop and the cider tasting will be held at the gallery itself.

Info here: https://www.theblackshedgallery.org.uk/projects-events and email mail@theblackshedgallery.org.uk

Free as the Fields –  an exhibition of new works by Martin Brockman featuring woodblock prints, each depicting a bird currently on the Red List, Bird Conservation Concern – https://www.bto.org/our-science/publications/birds-conservation-concern

These woodblocks are accompanied by mirror-imaged drawings showing the shape of the bird as an absence in an imagined future in which the birds have disappeared from our landscape. 

There is a bird for each month of the year.

A tree will be planted for each image sold from the exhibition; native trees specifically for the birds that inhabit them.  The sapling trees will be displayed in the gallery as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition will not have a private view launch – instead we hosted a Robertsbridge Dawn Chorus Walk on May 18th.  A chance to stop and be together to experience the dawn chorus in all its natural and timely glory.  It happens every day, but how many of us take the time to actually experience it?

Running alongside the exhibition we will also be delivering 5 practical workshops, including woodblock printing, pigment ink making and clay digging and firing.  These will be hosted both at the gallery and in the woodland behind the gallery building.

As part of our vision with this project, we wanted to connect with local makers and businesses who are also working in an environmentally conscious way.  Polly Bennett from POLBEN’S PIGMENT will be co-delivering a workshop with us, and we will also be hosting sustainable Sussex cider company BigNose and Beardy for a cider tasting event.