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Wed, 19 Apr

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The Margate School

Sargassum Tide | Exhibition of works by Louise Frances Smith

Sargassum Tide features works made using wireweed seaweed and Pacific oysters, two ‘non-native’ species currently thriving on the UK coastlines due to climate change.

Sargassum Tide | Exhibition of works by Louise Frances Smith
Sargassum Tide | Exhibition of works by Louise Frances Smith

Time & Location

19 Apr 2023, 10:00 – 23 Apr 2023, 16:00

The Margate School, 31-33 High St, Margate CT9 1DX, UK

About the Event

Wednesday 19 to  Sunday 23 April, 10am to 4pm daily

Late opening Thursday 20 April, until 8pm

Closing party Sunday 23 April, 2 to 4pm

See below for workshop information and links

Sargassum Tide features works made by Louise Frances Smith using wireweed seaweed and Pacific oysters, two ‘non-native’ species currently thriving on the UK coastlines due to climate change.

Louise has collected these materials from her local coastline to create a new body of experimental work that shows the repercussions of human intervention on our fragile coastal ecosystems.

After securing an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant to exhibit her new body of work at Somerset House as part of Collect 2023, Louise will exhibit these works at The Margate School. To accompany the Margate exhibition, Louise will be hosting workshops for the general public and in collaboration with The Garden Gate Project, The Pavilion Youth & Community Cafe Project, The Margate School MA Students and studio holders. Works that participants make will be on display as part of the exhibition.

Workshops

Collage and Fragments Workshop, using 2d and 3d collage and visible mending and repair techniques

Thursday 20 April, 6.30pm to 8.00pm - BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

Family Friendly Clay Sea Creatures and Coastal Sculptures Drop-In Workshop, come and create small sculptures inspired by textures and sea creatures from our local coastline

Saturday 22 April, 10am to 12.30pm - BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

About the artist

Louise Frances Smith lives and works in Margate, Kent. She graduated from CityLit with a Ceramics Diploma in 2019 and from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree in 2009.

Louise’s practice spans sculpture, installation and works on paper. Working with an array of materials including clay, seaweed and bioplastic, Louise creates highly textured surfaces to bring attention to the patterns and textures created by nature, magnifying micro details alongside man-made interventions.

By collecting materials from her local coastline to use as materials in her work, Louise’s works are conceptually and physically linked to her local landscape where she takes her inspiration.

louisefrancessmith.co.uk

@lou_frances

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