A new exhibition by artist Richard William Wheater which uses performance and installation to discuss our relationship with the natural environment in on in TheGallery at The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) from 19th October – 23rd November 2012.

Them to Us / Land to Sea presents two significant bodies of work that took place on location – Them to Us was a project that took place across six UK locations, including Ferrybridge Power Station, Leicester Botanical Gardens and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Land to Sea was commissioned by the AUB in August this year at Bournemouth Beach, to mark the return of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.

In Them to Us, Wheater used a mobile furnace to produce a number of glass birds, selecting species that had a particular connection with each chosen area that, once complete, were thrown into the air and allowed to fall and be destroyed. These ‘doomed’ actions were captured through a series of stunning photographs by David Lindsay.

In Land to Sea, AUB students, staff and volunteers collaborated on all-night neon project with Wheater on Bournemouth beach, creating a site specific performance where 44 5 foot neon tubes were joined together in an attempt to map the ever-moving water line on the sand as the tide advanced and retreated through the night until dawn.

Although an un-natural, un-practical and an ultimately impossible task, the results speak for themselves in a new body of photography prints, and film installation. The Land to Sea film was made by Nadia Shaw and Elliott Trent at the AUB.

As a text + work collaboration, the exhibition will be accompanied by a commissioned essay by Peter Bonnell, Curator, QUAD, Derby. Also available will be the book Them And Us, which was produced and published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Peter Bonnell is currently the Curator at QUAD, Derby.  From 2004 to 2011, he was Curator at ArtSway, based in the New Forest, Hampshire. Peter co-curated ArtSway’s New Forest Pavilion at the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Venice Biennales.

Them & Us / Land to Sea will be exhibited at TheGallery, AUB, as one of the selected exhibitions for Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2012. The Private View is on Thursday 18th October from 5 – 8pm. Please email gallery@aub.ac.uk to reserve a place.