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UCA artists respond to the history and landscape of Dapdune Wharf

This July, you'll be able to see the work of four local students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham, Surrey exhibit their work at Dapdune Wharf, Guildford in an exhibition called ‘Tumblehome’. Ellen Ball, Hunter Delves, Jenna Fox, Noelle Genevier will be responding to the history, traditions, architecture, and landscape of the wharf. There will be opening drinks and a chance to meet the artists on Friday 5 July 5 - 7pm at Dapdune, and also an artist’s talk on Saturday 13 July at 11am chaired by Kate Street, Senior Lecturer at UCA Farnham and Project Curator for Tumblehome. Admission to the Opening Drinks and Artists Talk is free. Show runs until 31 July, please see the National Trust website for visitor opening times over the summer.

Ellen Ball’s work centres around elements found within nature, specifically the intangible components that make up our atmosphere. Experimenting with various materials in order to explore methods of representation is a large part of her process. Research and ideas often shift organically between darkness and light, the ethereal and the tangible; so often the work sits between opposites and deals with tensions in both the work and the ideas. For Tumblehome Ellen will be exploring and documenting these paradoxes within the landscape of the wharf and river.

Hunter Delves explores the cause and effect of our actions and movements translates onto the natural world. He works with a range of media from film, performance, painting, music through to spoken word. Often using found objects and pigments to create large scale abstract paintings, the works bare the marks of their process. The canvases are often worn, walked with, burnt, buried and left for days in the landscape. For Tumblehome Hunter will be using pigments sources from the nearby landscape and using the River Wey itself within the production of the work.

Jenna Foxe explores the home as a metaphor for the self and challenges notions of childhood, memory and dwelling. With a nod to the absurd, our childhood homes influence the phenomenological space we reside within as adults. Michel Foucault stated: " the self is not given to us ... we have to create ourselves as a work of art". Fox explores how our homes are the art that mirrors our psyche. Often using ornaments found in many homes across the country, Fox adapts and changes their form. Recent work utilises scale and to bring emphasis to objects and our relationship with them, for Tumblehome that being our relationship to tea and comfort.

Noelle Genevier considers our relationship between technology and the environment which is revealed in themes of nature, and the everyday prevalent in the found images that pervade her collages. These works are often 3D and sculptural and contain the intertwining of pattern, shape and colour to create opposing perspectives.  The rhizomic collages reflect Genevier’s interest in the materiality and versatility of paper. 

The project is supported by Guildford Borough Council and the University for the Creative Arts Farnham