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11 Feb - 29 April 2012, Visitor Centre, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Jerwood Visual Arts presents TERRA, the forthcoming Jerwood Encounters exhibition exploring the relationship contemporary sculpture practice shares with the environment and landscape beyond the gallery itself.

Following the huge success of TERRA at the Jerwood Space in London the exhibition will open at Grizedale Forest 11 February – 29 April. This is the first Jerwood Encounters exhibition to go on tour and therefore it is a great privilege that it is coming to Grizedale where the concept was conceived.

The exhibition is curated by Hayley Skipper and Antony Mottershead of Forestry Commission England, based at Grizedale Forest and features work by Jonathan Anderson, Edwina fitzPatrick, Luke Jerram, Anne-Mie Melis and Owl Project. The artists each explore contemporary sculpture practice through their own sensory relationship with the environment and the artwork exposes these ideas through a multiplicity of unique works.

Physical form, materials and conceptual intent are often the primary languages used to interpret contemporary sculpture, however as a discipline sculpture also has an intimate relationship with our wider sensory experience. The strategies and processes employed by each of the artists translate information from one form of sensory experience into another. The range of practices included within the curatorial selection are an expansive definition of sculptural practice covering performative and installation based work that engages all of the senses including sound and smell.

"This is a really exciting opportunity to explore a wide range of approaches to contemporary sculpture practice by artists from across the UK. In different ways each of the artists uses the gallery to explore our wider relationship to the environment. The exhibition seeks to provide a multi-sensory experience as well as a sculptural investigation of the emerging geological era the Anthropocene." Hayley Skipper, Curator - Arts Development

An exhibition catalogue will be available including a foreword written by Joy Sleeman, Lecturer and distinguished writer on Land Art.

Jerwood Encounters is a series of one-off exhibitions which provide emerging artists and artist-curators with new exhibition opportunities and the chance to explore issues and ideas in the borderlands between the main disciplinary fields of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme.

Download the TERRA exhibition essay written by Joy Sleeman

See Photo's from the exhibition in London