A Green and Pleasant Land
British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now
An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition
This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time. Exploring how artists interpret urban and rural landscape through the lens of their own cultural, political or spiritual ideologies, the exhibition reveals the inherent tensions between landscape represented as a transcendental or spiritual place, and one rooted in social and political histories.
Though primarily photography, A Green and Pleasant Land includes film, painting and sculpture by over 50 artists, illustrating the various concerns and approaches to landscape pursued by artists from the 1970s to now.
Artists included in the exhibition: Keith Arnatt, Gerry Badger, Craig Barker, John Blakemore, Henry Bond and Liam Gillick, Paul Caponigro, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Davies, Susan Derges, Mark Edwards, Anna Fox, Melanie Friend, Hamish Fulton, Fay Godwin, Andy Goldsworthy, Paul Graham, Mishka Henner, Paul Hill, Robert Judges, Angela Kelly, Chris Killip, John Kippin, Karen Knorr, Ian Macdonald, Ron McCormick, Mary McIntyre, Peter Mitchell, Raymond Moore, John Myers, Martin Parr, Mike Perry, Ingrid Pollard, Mark Power, Paul Reas, Emily Richardson, Ben Rivers, Simon Roberts, Paul Seawright, Andy Sewell, Theo Simpson, Graham Smith, Jem Southam, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, Paddy Summerfield, The Caravan Gallery, Chris Wainwright, Patrick Ward, Clare Woods and Donovan Wylie.
John Davies ‘Agecroft Power Station, Salford’ 1983, © John Davies.
Thomas Joshua Cooper ‘Ritual Indications, Alton, Shropshire’ 1977, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Thomas Joshua Cooper.
Jo Spence ‘Remodelling Photohistory (Victimisation)’ 1982, ©Jo Spence. Courtesy The Hyman Collection.
Melanie Friend ‘Avro Lancaster bomber, (part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight), Eastbourne International Airshow, Sussex, 15 August 2009’©Melanie Friend. Courtesy Impressions Gallery.
Keith Arnatt ‘Untitled (from the ‘Pictures from a Rubbish Tip’ series) 1988, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Keith Arnatt Estate. All rights reserved. DACS 2017
Susan Derges, Luna, 2006, © Susan Derges. Courtesy Purdy Hicks Gallery.
The Caravan Gallery ‘Woodland Scene, Sittingbourne’ 2011, ©The Artists. Courtesy The Hyman Collection.
Ben Rivers, Ah, Liberty!, 2008, © Ben Rivers. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London.