Anna Dumitriu – Credit Alex May
Anna's residency and accompanying blog Algologies takes place 17 May – 17 June and will be a deep dive into the study of seaweed, its scientific, economic and social history and how this resonates locally through specific people and places, and The Living Coast goals.
Nearly 50 km2 of our Biosphere is under the sea and the seaweeds growing amongst our chalk reef provide an essential habitat for fish and other marine species that most people are not aware of. Anna’s residency will shed light on this, an important aspect of The Living Coast’s work - Sarah Dobson, The Living Coast Biosphere Programme Manager
The Living Coast is doing some fantastic work and the arts and cultural sector can help support that work through initiatives like this residency. Only artists living or working in the Biosphere area were eligible to apply and The Living Coast is actually quite small – it’s a ten mile radius around the city centre – so potentially it’s quite a small pool of artists to work with. However we had a really fantastic response to the open call and it’s brilliant to be able to offer an artist of Anna’s calibre the residency - Liz Whitehead, Fabrica
Seaweed botanical print by Anna Dumitriu
You can follow Anna’s explorations of seaweed and our local marine habitats via her blog Algologies.
Anna’s residency forms part of Fabrica’s exhibition for Brighton Festival ‘The Forked Forest Path’ by internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. This exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the gallery space, interacting with the natural world. Led by a trail that entices visitors into a dense thicket the audience is immersed in an installation filled with branches, saplings and thinnings, combined with a strong, earthy smell reminiscent of a forest floor that enfolds viewers in the sights, scents and textures of a wood in winter.
The Forked Forest Path by Olafur Eliasson, image credit Fabrica
The Forked Forest Path evokes a strong sense of ‘the woods’ and our relationship to this aspect of nature and human folklore. The artist’s stipulation for recreating The Forked Forest Path is that exhibitors must source branches and saplings locally and sustainably in order to create it. The materials for this exhibition have been sourced from Foxwood Foresty near Lewes, Stanmer Park, Wilderness Wood and Laughton Greenwood.
The Forked Forest Path is open Tuesday – Sunday until 20 June 2021 at Fabrica Gallery, Ship Street, Brighton. Entrance is free.