Letchworth Arts Centre is pleased to present Hidden Landscapes, a solo exhibition of new work by Digswell Alumni Christina Bryant. Hidden Landscapes is an Arts Council funded research and development project, which is also supported by a community grant from Letchworth GC Heritage Foundation.
Over the duration of twelve months Bryant explored chosen sites located along the urban fringes of Letchworth Garden City. Bryant’s interest is in the spaces that straddle the urban and the country, the ‘wilderness’ that lies just beyond the codes and surveillance of the town. Her focus was on areas showing evidence of current or recent human occupation, recording, mapping and surveying the rubbish and debris from the selected locations. Bryant used the painstaking methods of an archaeologist to help explore what links us with our everyday landscape. This was done with help from Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, the North Herts District Council Archaeology Officer.
Her exhibition will be a fascinating blend of drawings, maps and finds from the various sites which will be very familiar to residents of Letchworth including: Norton Common; the old quarry on Wilbury Hills and the A1(M) underpass. Bryant, herself a Letchworth resident, is keen to get local people involved with the project as much as possible. In addition to the exhibition, she is organising a ‘wilderness excavation’ at one of the sites which anyone will be welcome to attend. This will give people a chance first hand to experience her project, seeing Letchworth from a completely different perspective! Finally, Bryant’s talk will give Letchworth residents, art or archaeology enthusiasts a chance to listen to her unique take on the Garden City.
Bryant graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2004 and completed her MA in 2011 at Wimbledon College of Art. She has had a number of national exhibitions, both solo and group, during this period as well as being awarded a Digswell Arts Trust Fellowship.
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