Going Out | Frank Bowling exhibition, plus free event

Going Out | Frank Bowling exhibition, plus free event

View Frank Bowling's exhibition Land Of Many Waters at the Arnolfini or treat yourself to a free mental health workshop

Looking for something new to do? Why not visit Frank Bowling’s exhibition at the Arnolfini. Or, if you need a little calm in your life, check out the free outdoor mental health & wellbeing workshops taking place at Leigh Woods and Blaise Castle.

Frank Bowling | Land Of Many Waters

When: now til 26 September 2021, 11:00 to 18:00
Where: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA
To book: https://arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/frank-bowling/

Main image: Witness, Frank Bowling 2018. Courtesy of Sir Frank Bowling OBE RA and Hauser & Wirth © Sir Frank Bowling. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021 

In its 60th year, Arnolfini celebrates the work of pioneering painter Sir Frank Bowling, sharing new and previously unseen work, alongside key paintings from the last decade.

At 87, Bowling continues to explore the ‘possibilities of paint’ with an experimental ethos that places material, colour and light at the heart of his practice. In his first public gallery exhibition since his highly acclaimed Tate retrospective in 2019, Land of Many Waters explores the ebb and flow in his practice between process and the ever-present autobiographical details that hover beyond.

In new works (made throughout 2020) surfaces are stripped back in luminescent colours, and paint bleeds, stains and seeps into imagined horizons and shorelines – ‘not a view but the idea of a view’. Alongside these sit older works in which Bowling revisits past techniques from his ‘poured’ paintings to vertical ‘zippers’, embedding surfaces with textiles, collage, and a multitude of materials so that the acrylic paint is littered and layered with remnants of life.

Animated by photographs, texts, and materials from Bowling’s personal archive and London studio, Land of Many Waters also evokes the colours and textures of his working life, highlighting the multiplicity of his practice.

Sir Frank Bowling, OBE, RA, born in British Guiana in 1934, has been hailed as one of Britain’s greatest living abstract painters and as a ‘modern master’. Bowling’s innovations in technique, and his use of paint and surface texture, have changed the practice of painting.

Land of Many Waters coincides with Sir Frank Bowling’s OBE, RA, first exhibition with Hauser & WirthHauser & Wirth London and Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street.

Read more at Frank Bowling — Artists | Hauser & Wirth

Outdoor mental health & wellbeing workshops

: Now til 27 October, 11.00am-1.00pm OR 2.30pm-4.30pm
Where: Leigh Woods (Green Barn) and Blaise Castle Estate (Dairy Garden)
To book: www.wearelightbox.co.uk/the-human-nature-project

The Human Nature Project is a rolling programme of two-hour, outdoor workshops taking place in woodland at Blaise Castle Estate – the Dairy Garden (every Tuesday) and Leigh Woods – the Green Barn (every Wednesday).

The workshops are open to anyone (16 years +) who wants to maintain or improve their general wellbeing, as well as those who may have experienced poor mental health.

Each workshop will be led by qualified psychotherapists and forest therapy guides and will have two-parts:

  • An introduction to forest therapy, a form of mindfulness shown to harness the mood promoting and immunity boosting benefits of time spent among trees
  • Group discussion, pair-work and exercises exploring psychological wellbeing and identifying practical steps that can be applied in everyday life after taking part

The free workshops are available to book on a first-come, first-served basis and will explore seven different themes in a relaxing and fun way: Creativity, Choice, Connection, Centredness, Character, Curiosity, Confidence.

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