Exhibition devoted to Kent’s special relationship with the ash tree

An exhibition that considers humankind’s relationship with the ash tree has opened at the University's Studio 3 Gallery.

The Canterbury campus exhibition, entitled The Ash Archive, is a collection of objects, artworks, poems and drawings that chart a unique perspective of people’s enduring connection with the tree.

Bringing together works by local and national artists, designers and makers, The Ash Archive aims to reflect on the uncertain future of the ash tree by exploring humankind’s complex relationship with the life and death of the natural world.

Artists featured in the exhibition include the University’s Adam Chodzko and Ackroyd & Harvey, Colin Booth, Sebastian Cox, French & Mottershead, Magz Hall, Max Lamb, David Nash (in collaboration with Common Ground), Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton and Sheaf + Barley.

The exhibition also includes a collection of objects made from ash wood from Rob Penn’s book The man who made things out of trees.

The Ash Archive exhibition will run at the University’s Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building until 14 April 2018. It is free and open to all from 11.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday.

It has been co-curated by Rose Thompson, Studio 3 Gallery coordinator, and Madeleine Hodge, project manager of The Ash Project, which was set up as a cultural response to the devastation of Kent’s ash trees caused by ash dieback disease.