Edwina Bridgeman’s Orchard exhibition at Thelma Hulbert Gallery

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Orchard, an exhibition by Edwina Bridgeman, which explores the ‘feeling the beauty of these quiet places and the importance of maintaining those that are left’ will be at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery until August 28.

Despite the perceived value of orchards for their importance for the community and as a natural haven, the past 20 years have seen a rapid decline in their presence in towns, villages and hamlets.

The exhibition features three full-sized orchard trees placed on a carpet, a magical prop, a grazing sheep and a host of other hidden wildlife. They act as shrines containing objects she has found, collected and treasured such as her auntie’s old curtains.

Edwina has recreated her experience of these contemplative spaces, and has called on the stories and experiences of others to make 25 additional pieces of mixed material work.

The stories relate to apple trees, but also reflect the resurgence of sustainability and self-sufficiency and the growing interest in the curative qualities of home grown food, wine and cider.

There is a new five foot core work the ‘Tree of Life’, made of an old hat-stand and covered with figures and animals with Adam and Eve at the base and over 20 smaller works re-create some of the myths and stories connected to orchards.

The exhibition is at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, until August 29

(image: Edwina Bridgeman’s Tree of Life)

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