Art exhibition

Evolving the Forest Exhibition

Wednesday June 19 to Wednesday September 4, 2019 

Dartington Space Gallery, the Green Table Café and various sites in the Dartington Gardens

View/download the flyer with map. These are also available at the main Visitor Centre and other sites around the Dartington estate.


Curatorial statement

The essential spirit of the coming-together of voices, thoughts and opinion to the annual gatherings at Dartington convened by is one of open-ness and fluidity. We believe this open, ecological process engenders unexpected and unusual registers, allowing for a very real and spontaneous mixing of disciplines and outlook. It may not be so unusual for artists and scientists to attempt a sharing of intellectual spaces (although unusual enough), but to broaden this to embrace architects, designers, materials experts, engineers, chemists, philosophers, policy-makers and land managers was the clarion opportunity when convening an event initially stemming from the centenary celebrations of the UK Forestry Commission.

This exhibition grew from the core of Evolving the Forest and was also based on an open call. We simply asked artists to respond to the idea of ‘tree’ or ‘tree-ness’ – nothing more. The work in this exhibition represents the breadth of ideas we received: some of it quite representational, some more abstracted; some designed to hang on a wall as a permanent statement, others to be more ephemeral and to decay within the landscape in which they were created.

Much of the work is ‘site-specific’ – that is, it responds to a specific piece of woodland or specific tree. Bob Budd’s work, Marchant Barron’s poems, and Rob and Harriet Fraser’s installation all were made specifically for Dartington and for specific trees within this special landscape.

Please note that Rob & Harriet Fraser’s work will be shown only for one day (June 20), and Bob Budd’s work has been designed to decay quite quickly into its landscape and may well have disappeared long before the formal end of this exhibition in early September.

Richard Povall

Exhibition Dates

The exhibition open on Wednesday June 19 and closes on Wednesday September 4, 2019. There are one or two exceptions, as noted below.

List of artists and locations


Dartington Space Gallery

Douglas Barrett & Katerie Gladdys

Joanna Brown

Josephine Birch

Karen Howse

Roger Hall

Tim Craven (Arborealist)

Kevin Tole (Arborealist)

Paul Newman (Arborealist)

Deborah Middleton (sound installation)


Soundart Radio

David Clarke will be podcasting at various point June 19-21


Green Table Café / Gallery

all of these artists are members of The Arborealists

Tim Craven

Stella Carr

Paul Newman

Paul Ridyard

Phillippa S. Beale

Kevin Tole


Outdoor sites

Marchant Barron

1  Spanish Chestnut tree, Tiltyard

2  Beech tree in front of garden near to cemetery entrance

3  on Magnolia tree by stone steps (the ‘Magnolia Steps’)

4  Plaque – to be determined


Bob Budd (ephemeral work primarily intended for June 19-21)

1 on an old tree trunk near Higher Close

2 and 3  in the North Wood being Schumacher College


Rob & Harriet Fraser (June 20 only)

Installation on oak tree opposite in field opposite to the entrance to Dartington Space

View/download the flyer with map. These are also available at the main Visitor Centre and other sites around the Dartington estate.


[images on this page: Douglas Barret and Katerie Gladdys: Eccentric Grids_Mapping the Managed Forest Monetizing Trace; Stella Carr: Breathe; Marchant Barron: Treeful of Words; Paul Newman, Silton Oak]  Top image: Karen Howse, ink drawings (detail)