A solo exhibition by artist Jane Wilbraham that brings together selected works from the past with an emphasis on recent watercolours and carved works made from Sycamore wood is the first to be exhibited in TheGallery at the newly named Arts University Bournemouth.

From 11th January – 15th February 2013, Wilbraham’s work will be exhibited in TheGallery as part of a text+work exhibition with an accompanying text by Paul Hedge, Director of the Hales Gallery, London. Wilbraham’s creative oeuvre has encompassed deliberately varied mediums such as watercolour, drawing, text assemblages, photo-collages and carved wooden sculptural works. The materiality and craft skills adopted for each body of work are carefully selected, honed and embraced, placing Wilbraham within particular traditions of making. Her works are often thematic and spring from an interest in artistic/ political/ economic and cultural value systems.

The earliest works included in the show are made from the humble material of cardboard, cut from boxes used to transport goods, particularly fresh food, around the world. Wilbraham uses the generic text and graphic nature of the packaging to re-present us with a series of hierarchies existing between producer and consumer in both a global and local context.

Whittling is a particular fascination for Wilbraham. Particularly, it’s ranking within the history of woodcarving as seemingly the lowest and most primitive vernacular form. Wilbraham embraces and uses this itinerant folk tradition to good effect in her examinations of class within the complicated structures of artistic production.

There will be a number of events accompanying the exhibition including an Exhibition Talk, Preview and Publication Launch on Thursday 10th January 2013 at 5pm and a Story Telling Evening on Thursday 31st January. For more information on any of these events, or to book a place, please visit TheGallery.