Dawn Jutton and Mal Dewhirst’s collaboration celebrated the one-year anniversary of the re-opening of Ingestre Orangery with a new installation re-configuring work created before and since the restoration.
Dawn’s new large digital photo-collage prints combine two series of photographs she took on visits to the Orangery eleven years apart. Inspired by the Haikus she wrote during poetry workshops led by Mal last year, this work explores and re-frames the concept of ‘before and after’ photographs.
A new soundscape by Mal Dewhirst accompanied his sound piece ‘Missive Voices’ that featured poetry phone messages sent by poets thinking of Ingestre during the first 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.
The exhibition also included trowels stamped by artist Luke Perry, with words written by Mal, Dawn and visitors to Ingestre during the 2019 ‘Dialect of Digging’ workshops.
Square light beams off walls Urging greenery to spill free - echoed green whispers
Blossom notes dance free on soft ancestral birdsong - warm limestone ashlar
Human croquet played under yew covered hoops - dance on sandstone steps