The Butterfly and the Bee
The Butterfly and The Bird is a commission from Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People to mark its 30th anniversary. The dome design features house martins, which give the hospice its name, and butterflies, the symbol of the children’s hospice movement.
Martin House worked with Sheffield artist Sarah Jane Palmer, along with a group of its children and families to develop the design of the pod.
At 5m diameter by 4m high, the pod has space for wheelchair access, and Martin House plans to use it with its children and young people at its hospice in Boston Spa as a play space, a den, for storytelling, an art gallery and creative space.
It will also go out to community events to promote the work of Martin House, which cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions in West, North and East Yorkshire.
“We hope it will raise awareness, prompt curiosity and dispel myths about children’s hospices, and will be something we can use for many years to come,” Alison Wragg, community fundraiser, Martin House.
Our new exhibition ‘Fairy Ring’ has opened at Bishop Auckland Gallery, County Durham and runs from 8th July – 9th Sept 2017
Fairy rings (naturally occurring circles of mushrooms) are anchored in folklore as portals to other worlds. This exhibition aims to connect us with our sense of wonder, the possibility that we can inhabit the fantastical make believe worlds that exist within us.
As well as creating a magical environment this installation hopes to highlight the importance of the humble mushroom. Fungi are one of the most important groups of organisms on the planet. They are the ultimate natural recyclers, breaking down plant and animal debris turning it into nutritious life giving soil. All plants rely on fungi to survive, without them the whole food chain would collapse. They also provide us with essential medicine, the most well known being penicillin.
‘Blood and Bone’ has been chosen to show alongside a Louise Bourgeois exhibition which sees work from her Autobiographical Series and a selection her work from the Arts Council Collection.
The work will be shown at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire from 1st July to 16th September 2017
Blood and Bone is evocative of our human biology, the macroscopic and the microscopic. Through a series of connected intimate spaces which echo human anatomy and its inner workings, viewers are immersed in a familar and fantastical terrain which invites us to re-frame our own bodies as landscapes for exploration. Through sensory interaction and play, viewers are encouraged to become active participants in the artwork, transforming the usual art – viewer relationship.