Over the summer months the galleries and garden are dedicated to a major exhibition of work by the influential British artist Shelagh Wakely (1932-2011). Wakely was a pioneer of installation art, making work which celebrated her observations of nature and the emotional and sensual experiences it evokes. The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to encounter the ephemeral magic of her work, in which seemingly simple images and forms blossom into myriad meanings and associations imbued with her receptivity to the material world. The exhibition has been developed with Wakely’s friend and collaborator, the Brazilian artist, Tunga, along with fellow artists Tatiana Grindberg and Antoni Malinowski.
A View from a Window brings together works spanning the breadth of media Wakely worked with, including print, video, unfired ceramics and a series of experimental and exploratory drawings demonstrating her attention to the thresholds between things. A delicate stencilled floor installation created from the sweet-smelling golden spice, turmeric, will be shown in Gallery 2 while Gallery 3 houses Wakely's gold works, including a stencilled and cut-silk installation changing according to shifting light and atmospheric conditions throughout the day.
The exhibition continues in the garden where Wakely’s work will be brought into conversation with artists with whom she shared creative concerns during her lifetime, including Alison Wilding, Richard Deacon and Susan Hiller. One of Wakely’s outdoor pieces, Rainsquares (1994), will be remade for this occasion. Inspired by Wakely’s own garden in North London and a commission she undertook for St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, an area will be devoted to plants with medicinal qualities, such as angelica, caraway, chervil, parsley and anise.
The exhibition is supported by The Elephant Trust and The Shelagh Wakely Bequest
With additional thanks to Gustafson Porter LLP