Play Watershed video Installation view: Laura Ellen Bacon, on site at Hall Place. Image © Steve Hickey

Installation view: Laura Ellen Bacon, on site at Hall Place. Image © Steve Hickey

Watershed

Art, play and the politics of water

Watershed is a new exhibition, bringing together some 15 contemporary artists including Gavin Turk, Tania Kovats, Tatsuo Miyajima and Martin Parr who look at water in playful, conceptual, political and meditative ways. The exhibition runs at Hall Place & Gardens, Bexley, from 28 March until 6 September 2015.

Through photography, sculpture, video and installations, the exhibition celebrates the precious resource of water. The playful and restful nature of water is seen in Korean artist Chang Kyum Kim’s meditative sculptural video projection, capturing the changing seasons in a projected pond; Massimo Vitali’s monumental landscape photograph (above) shows the pleasure of being around water in nature. In Noémie Goudal’s large scale photograph Cascade (waterfall), a plastic sheet replaces the pouring water; Tania Kovats’ glass and water sculpture Where Seas Meet is made with sea water from three places around the world where seas visibly meet; in David Buckland’s photographs of Ice Texts, words of warning are projected on to icebergs; Susan Derges captures the continuous movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly onto rivers or shorelines; and Martin Parr candidly documents the English at the seaside. 

Laura Ellen Bacon will become the first artist in residence at Hall place, working on site during August. In collaboration with WWF-UK. Bacon will be creating a new work to raise awareness about sustaining chalk stream rivers such as the Cray which runs through Hall Place.

Exhibiting artists include: Laura Ellen Bacon, David Buckland, Susan Derges, Noémie Goudal, Chang Kyum Kim, Tania Kovats, Susie MacMurray, Tatsuo Miyajima, Martin Parr, Robert Polidori, Amy Stephens, Studio Roso, Gavin Turk, Massimo Vitali and Simon Warner.

Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ
A stunning Tudor house with magnificent gardens.
Bexley Heritage Trust is a registered charity which runs Hall Place.
www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk

General enquiries: 01322 526 574
@BexleyHeritage #watershedbexley www.hallplace.org.uk

Opening times: Daily from 10am to 5pm, last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Admission: Adults £8, under 16s/ concessions £6, family £24 (2 adults and up to 3 children). Gift Aided tickets are valid for unlimited repeat visits within a 12 month period. National Trust members receive half price admission (not valid for groups). Admission is free with a National Art Pass. 

Watershed images

  • Noémie Goudal, Les Amants (Cascade) 2009, Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London © Noémie Goudal, 2015

    Noémie Goudal, Les Amants (Cascade) 2009, Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London © Noémie Goudal, 2015

  • Laura Ellen Bacon. Image © the artist

    Laura Ellen Bacon. Image © the artist

  • Amy Stephens, The First Dive, 2013 © the artist

    Amy Stephens, The First Dive, 2013 © the artist

  • Installation view: Gavin Turk, Self Portrait (Fountain), 2012, Bronze sculpture © the artist. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

    Installation view: Gavin Turk, Self Portrait (Fountain), 2012, Bronze sculpture © the artist. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

  • Gavin Turk, Self Portrait (Fountain), 2012, Bronze sculpture © the artist. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

    Gavin Turk, Self Portrait (Fountain), 2012, Bronze sculpture © the artist. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

  • Installation view: Tania Kovats, Where Seas Meet © the artist

    Installation view: Tania Kovats, Where Seas Meet © the artist

  • Laura Ellen Bacon, on site at Hall Place for their first Artist in Residence. Image © Steve Hickey

    Laura Ellen Bacon, on site at Hall Place for their first Artist in Residence. Image © Steve Hickey

  • Chang Kyum Kim, Watershadow, Four Seasons 1, 2006 - 07 © Image courtesy of the artist and Hanmi Gallery.

    Chang Kyum Kim, Watershadow, Four Seasons 1, 2006 - 07 © Image courtesy of the artist and Hanmi Gallery.

  • David Buckland, Sadness Melts, 2006 © Courtesy of the artist

    David Buckland, Sadness Melts, 2006 © Courtesy of the artist

  • Installation view: Laura Ellen Bacon, Amy Stephens, Studio Roso © the artists

    Installation view: Laura Ellen Bacon, Amy Stephens, Studio Roso © the artists

  • Simon Warner, Seven Streams, 2010 © the artist

    Simon Warner, Seven Streams, 2010 © the artist