By Carmen anderson
The latest major landmark exhibition organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services, ‘Being with Trees’, is a hugely welcome return to the world of art for Gibraltar. The exhibition, organised on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, will include work from artists from the Lloyds Art Group of London.
Showcasing some 100 exhibits from over 40 artists, ‘Being with Trees’ brings together work from members of the internationally acclaimed group The Arborealists. Also featuring are works from the group, Urban Contemporaries, with two Gibraltar artists also included. The show represents the artists’ vision and their artistic response to trees, in particular highlighting the vital role they can play in our lives.
Expressing themselves in many varied mediums and styles, this group of talented creatives explore the diverse themes that can be discerned in the subject. After a year of crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, when respect for the natural world and the challenge of responding to climate change have risen to the fore as part of international debate, an artistic exploration of the relationship between humanity and the trees that play a vital role in keeping our global ecosystem in balance seems particularly pertinent.
I kept returning to the familiar…the trees I had grown up with…the trees which give our Upper Rock its character.
Local artist, Michelle Stagnetto, is featured in the exhibition and told us: “The first time I heard about the Arborealist movement was when I was invited to exhibit with them in March 2019. One of the precepts of the movement is to include local artists wherever they exhibit.
“I was encouraged to hear that in the contemporary art world, painting as a medium was seeing a revival. I accepted the invitation straight away and had plenty of time to contemplate the subject. I kept returning to the familiar…the trees I had grown up with…the trees which give our Upper Rock its character: the umbrella pines. In my art it’s usually the play of light on the subject which inspires me, and whilst painting these pine trees I wanted to also draw on feeling, past and present, of what it was like to wander through them. In this exhibition you can feel the artists’ emotional response to trees and their deep respect for them.”
The Minister for Culture, Dr John Cortes, said: “On this occasion, we are delighted to have been able to give this landmark exhibition an international edge, by inviting world renowned artists from London and other cities to visit Gibraltar.”
“Working with Lloyds Group of London has allowed Gibraltarian artists to exhibit their work at the heart of the UK capital for many years. It was appropriate as part of our partnership with Philippa Beale and her team to extend an invitation to the Lloyds Group to exhibit in Gibraltar. I am delighted to welcome them to the Rock with an exhibition that showcases a contemporary response to trees in urban and rural environments.”
The exhibition will be held at the Gustavo Bacarisas Galley from Thursday 4th March to Friday 30th April 2021. For further information please contact GCS Cultural Development Unit on telephone 20079750 or email: [email protected]