Among The Trees

Trees have excited the artistic imagination from time immemorial. The Hayward Gallery's Among The Trees sets out to explore this fascination. Peter Gray reports.

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Bringing together a disparate collection of artists, periods, styles and disciplines, Among The Trees sets out to explore our relationship with one of the natural world’s most ubiquitous elements.

With a focus on both the aesthetic beauty but also the timeless character of the tree, the Hayward Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition will give visitors a chance to consider the importance of the tree from a variety of perspectives: from its prominent role in nature, to its symbolic power as a signifier of the natural world.

A source of inspiration to artists from time immemorial, the exhibition will look at a wide variety of depictions of trees in art, with an impressive collection of artists including painters Peter Doig and George Shaw and multimedia artists Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Tacita Dean.

Focusing particularly on the period from the early 1960s right up to the present day, the exhibition will begin with a series of pioneering works from the decade which also gave us the seeds of the modern day environmental movement.

Indeed, the exhibition could not be better timed with 2020 also marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Among The Trees will mark the occasion by reiterating humanity’s role as a guardian of the natural world.

Earth day is a now annual event which communities around the globe a chance to focus on environmental issues. The day, which was first celebrated on the 22nd of April 1970, is now observed in over 200 countries.

Among the Trees will open on the 1st of August 2020. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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What: new exhibition
When: From 1 Aug 2020
Where: Hayward Gallery
Website: Among The Trees