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“Expect strange beauty” at the Tang and Ware Exhibition, Northlight Gallery Stromness

A new exhibition of algal art in Stromness gallery Northlight will feature the work of seven artists.

seaweed stacked up in spiral sculptures
Ami Robb

The show will include photography, drawings, sculpture as well as pressed seaweeds.

The exhibiting artists are:

  • Ingrid Budge
  • Magdalena Choluj
  • Rebecca Marr
  • Alison Moore
  • Ami Robb
  • Dawn Steven
  • Sarah Wylie  

Rebecca, who invited the artists to exhibit, said:

The show will draw on the work of Victorian pioneer Anna Atkins and her cyanotypes of British Algae as well as the Victorian women botanists whose pressed seaweed collections are in the Stromness Museum.

Among the work will be tangles suggesting faces, detailed drawing of dried sugar kelp, experimental alternative photography, wallpaper of delicate fronds and assemblages of dried knotted wrack imbued with colour.

Expect strange beauty.  

The exhibition will run from Saturday 12 August until Wednesday 23 August. Open Mon – Sat 11-4 at the Northlight Gallery. Stromness 

a still life made up of drift wood a magnifying glass a cactus plant. And on the drift wood pieces of seaweed
Dawn Stevens

Running alongside the exhibition is the launch of an online exhibition by Rebecca exploring Orkney’s surprisingly entangled social history of seaweed.

The project is supported by a Visual Art and Craft maker Award. It can be visited at www.orkneyseaweedstories.wordpress.com from the 12th of August

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