Art by East Anglian painters and illustrators will be displayed alongside work by indigenous Paraguayan artists in an exhibition entitled Local & Global, opening at World Land Trust gallery, Halesworth, on 14 October 2013.
The themes of the exhibition echo the local and global aspects of international conservation charity World Land Trust (WLT), which has its roots firmly in Suffolk, where it has had its headquarters for nearly a quarter of a century.
In 2011 the Trust opened a wildlife and landscape art gallery in Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth. The gallery and this particular exhibition illustrate aspects of the Trust’s overseas work and reflect the Trust’s founders’ passion for collecting artistic representations of the natural world.
Indigenous art from Paraguay
On a recent visit to Paraguay, John Burton, WLT’s Chief Executive, acquired a number of eye catching drawings by indigenous artists. Naïve and often pictorial in style, the works are a striking visual expression of landscape, flora and fauna. The pictures are produced in the Chaco region by self-taught artists working within the Yshir culture, which has no written language.
“The drawings are historically important,” explains John. “Until the last quarter of the 20th century, most of the tribes had little contact with the rest of the world, and their art is largely uninfluenced by art teachers and methods. On my site visits to project areas over the years I have been captivated by local art and carvings and when I’m in Paraguay I always try to snatch a little time to visit communities and shops that sell direct.”
WLT has been supporting conservation in Paraguay for nearly a decade. During that time, the Trust has helped create three reserves covering very different habitats, one in the Dry Chaco, one in the Chaco-Pantanal, and one in the Atlantic Rainforest.
Borneo Rainforest Appeal
Also in the exhibition are two pictures by Noëlle Francis. Her canvases depict longhouses in Borneo which she painted on a visit to Malaysian Borneo.
These pictures – and stunning photographs of Orang-utans by Chris Perrett - illustrate WLT’s current special appeal to raise one million pounds to safeguard Orang-utan habitat in Malaysian Borneo. A key element of the special appeal is Big Match Fortnight, and until 16 October all donations to WLT’s Borneo Rainforest Appeal will be matched.
The exhibition will also show work by East Anglian artists - Kate and Hannah Breach and Elizabeth James - and by artists who have visited WLT’s overseas project areas, including Steve Cale, Martin Woodcock, Lesley Wood, Bruce Pearson (a WLT Trustee) and Mark Carwardine (a WLT Council Member).
There will be a preview of the exhibition on Sunday 13 October between noon and 2.30pm to mark the opening weekend of Halesworth Arts Festival.
Full press release: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/documents/news/press-release-2013-local-and-global-exhibition-opens-wlt-gallery.pdf (255 KB)