The Conference of the Birds

4 July – 30 August
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PREVIEW WEEKEND: Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 July  Bookings

ONLINE TALK & FILM SCREENING: Saturday 4 July, 6:30pm 
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Bridget McCrum (née Bain) was shipped to the west country from a home in London to avoid the war; there she found horses, landscape, art, and above all, a friendship with a young Elisabeth Frink. This exhibition, which is shown against the backdrop of Elisabeth Frink’s studio in the barn gallery, charts her recent work and also looks back at some of her earlier pieces. It considers life through a shifting between shapes and images and looks at how McCrum (like Frink) found ways to free herself from the restraints of figurative precision.

McCrum’s approach to sculpting is a reductive one, removing mass from a block of stone using carving and sanding tools. Now in her eighties, McCrum’s technical ability has not faded and she arrives at stylised shapes that play with light and weightlessness, as with her many birds which may be taking off, alighting or in flight.

On Saturday 4 July we will be screening a short documentary portrait of Bridget McCrum and her work by the acclaimed film-maker Mark Kidel. Filmed, directed and produced by Mark, the documentary takes an inside view of one of our greatest living sculptors. Visiting her Dittisham home and studio, Mark films and interviews Bridget as she embarks on her latest projects including a return to two-dimensional work.

Mark Kidel is one of the world’s leading documentary film makers on music and the arts. His most recent film, Becoming Cary Grant (shown at Messums Wiltshire) was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2017. He works mainly in the France, the UK, Germany and the USA. His work is regularly selected in leading international festivals as well as honoured worldwide. Recent films include a film about Englishness with the writer Martin Amis.