The Lightbox Gallery and Museum and The Ingram Collection have joined the Art For Your World campaign. On 25th September 2021 they opened their exhibition The Ingram Collection: Art For Your World at The Lightbox, Woking.
The exhibition 'provides a unique opportunity to discover artists and artworks from The Ingram Collection that explore nature and the environment'.
'Throughout history, artists have been inspired by the landscape, the 'open air' and the natural world. Drawing from the body of the landscape and the living world within it, this exhibition brings together work spanning over a hundred years of British art. Featuring works by renowned Modern British artists such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, John Piper and Dame Elisabeth Frink'.
Kristina Chan (1991-), Banksia Seeds, 2020, Bronze, © The Artist. Image courtesy of The Ingram Collection
The exhibition also includes work by contemporary artist Kristina Chan who was a recipient of the 2020 Ingram Prize. Chan's practice explores 'narrative and place' through the mediums of sculpture, printmaking and photography. She states, 'I work within the reimagined human landscape, looking back to see within: the immense intimacy of the world we shape to suit our needs and what happens when their obsolescence renders them irrelevant'. The exhibition includes her work Banksia Seeds (2020) which was made following a residency in Australia which coincided with the New South Wales bushfire season. She 'witnessed the land's capacity for regrowth, renewal and survival in the face of natural disaster, invasive species and human impact'. Banksia Seeds is a bronze sculpture that presents the seed in three stages: before, during and after the fire, enforcing the 'resilience and strength of nature. Banksias are pyrophytes, which means they have evolved to germinate in fire, leading them to not only survive but thrive despite these devastating bushfires'.
Jo Baring, Director/ Curator of The Ingram Collection said of Art For Your World which is devised and curated by Artwise Curators for WWF:
'The last year has galvanised thinking in the art world around the urgency of climate issues and sustainability. Art For Your World is an opportunity to ensure that this discourse doesn't go to waste and that meaningful change happens. At The Ingram Collection we are grateful to WWF, an organisation which has been working to save our planet for sixty years, for spearheading this vital initiative to bring the art world together at such a crucial time'.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram started collecting the pieces that make up The Ingram Collection in 2002. The collection now holds over 600 works of art across three collections: The Ingram Collection of Modern Art, Ingram Contemporary Talent and Inside Out - all of which are available to borrow. The active lending policy has meant The Ingram Collection is now recognised as one of the country's most publicly accessible collections of Modern British Art. The Lightbox unveils four exhibitions a year drawn from The Ingram Collection.
The Ingram Collection: Art For Your World in on show at The Lightbox until 9th January 2021.