DANIEL & CLARA

LANDSCAPE
IMAGINARY

LAUNCH EXHIBITION


EAST MERSEA VILLAGE HALL
Sat 21st - Sun 22nd May


Join us on Sat 21st May for the launch of LANDSCAPE IMAGINARY, an exhibition and weekend of events on Mersea Island presenting the work of artist Daniel & Clara.

Responding to the psychological impact of the global pandemic and the physical restrictions of lockdown, Daniel & Clara created a series of 100 short videos in the landscapes of Mersea Island, where they unexpectedly found themselves living due to the pandemic. Filmed during their permitted 1 hour daily walks, this project captures moments of deep engagement with the landscapes and weather through that strange year when we all found ourselves confined to our local environments.

Drop in to East Mersea Village Hall over the weekend to see an exhibition of On The Island, and join us on Sat 21st at 1pm to meet the artist and find out more about this project.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a film screening, children’s workshops and the publication of Landscape Imaginary, the first comprehensive book on the work of Daniel & Clara.




MEET THE ARTIST
1pm, Sat 21 May - East Mersea Village Hall
Free entry

An opportunity to meet artist Daniel & Clara and find out more about making On The Island and their creative explorations of landscape, weather and the imagination.

This conversation will be chaired by curator Jess Twyman.



FILM SCREENING
5pm, Sat 21 May - East Mersea Village Hall
Free entry

A screening of films by artists Ben Rivers, Toby Tatum, Seán Vicary and Daniel & Clara which conjure on screen atmospheric landscapes both real and imagined. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.



LANDSCAPE IMAGINARY ZINE MAKING WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
Sun 21 May - Cudmore Grove Country Park
Free entry, booking essential

A creative workshop with artist Rachel Poulton for children aged 5-11 to explore the landscapes of Cudmore Grove and make a zine inspired by their observations.

Booking details here.



LANDSCAPE IMAGINARY MAP
Cudmore Grove Country Park

Free maps for a self-guided walk at Cudmore Grove will be available to pick up from East Mersea Village Hall throughout the weekend. 

Daniel & Clara invite you to use this map to orientate yourself in the park and their written prompts to guide you on a sensorial re-imagining of the landscape.



LANDSCAPE IMAGINARY BOOK
Available at the exhibition

The first comprehensive monograph on artist Daniel & Clara, featuring essays by Richard Ashrowan, Susan Owens, Rosy Gray and Adam Scovell, a foreword by Amanda Geitner, and a new interview with Daniel & Clara by Jess Twyman.

Order here




 
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Since meeting in 2010 Daniel & Clara have dedicated themselves to a shared life of creative exploration, working across moving image, photography, performance, installation and correspondence art.

Using themselves and their life together as their material, their work explores the nature of subjective experience, perception and reality. Set against the backdrop of the British landscape, their work presents narratives of psychological disorientation and the human creature in crisis.

Their work has been exhibited at Focal Point Gallery, Art Exchange, Norwich Castle, Kettle’s Yard, Whitechapel Gallery, British Film Institute, By Art Matters Hangzhou, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris Grand Palais, HKW Berlin, Fabrica Gallery, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Doclisboa, Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro. Films by Daniel & Clara are included in the BFI National Archive.

Find out more about Daniel & Clara



OPENING TIMES

Exhibition opening times 10am – 5pm
Sat 21st and Sun 22nd May

Free entry for all to exhibitions, events and workshops.


LOCATION

The exhibition, talks and screenings will be taking place here:

East Mersea Village Hall
East Road,
East Mersea,
CO5 8TQ


GETTING HERE


Journey time from London Liverpool Street to Colchester is approximately 50 minutes on Greater Anglia services, with trains running every hour. Book tickets here.

Mersea Island can be reached by bus from Colchester. East Mersea Village Hall is a 30 minute walk from the nearest stop (Blue Row, West Mersea).


TAXIS

Taxis from Colchester take around 30 minutes, they can found outside of the train station or by callling any of the following:

Panther Cabs: 01206 525 525

Pink Panther Ladies Cars: 01206 654 654

Ace taxis (Mersea based): 07411 731257


BUS TIMES

Bus 86 runs from Colchester to Mersea approximately every hour, times vary each day, please check here for details.



WHERE TO STAY

There are lots of campsites on the island, some with caravans that can be rented, the nearest to the exhibition space are:

http://www.fenfarm.co.uk

https://www.parkdeanresorts.co.uk/location/essex/coopers-beach/

https://www.waldegraves.co.uk

https://www.parkholidays.com/our-parks/essex/west-mersea/touring

There are several B&Bs on the island, search here.

See also Airbnb.


WHERE TO EAT

The following are all within walking distance to the exhibition space:

https://www.merseabarns.com

https://www.dogpheasant.co.uk

https://www.instagram.com/seafood_at_dawn