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Exhibition examines relationships between art and nature

Posted on 20 October 2011

The Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York is hosting an exhibition focusing on the relationships between art and nature.

The first exhibition of the new academic year, Still Lives, aims to examine a multitude of approaches, create contrasts and raise questions about what art really can do with nature.

Still Lives focuses on the tantalising relationships between art and nature

Maria-Anna Aristova

Running from 24 October to the 11 November, the exhibition features ceramics by Alex Carr, driftwood assemblage by Emily Hesse and photography by Seán Padraic Birnie, Lynne Collins, Alana Lake and Paolo Scalera.  

Curator Maria-Anna Aristova, a third year student in the University’s Department of History of Art, said: “Still Lives focuses on the tantalising relationships between art and nature, confronting the ways art endeavours to capture the fleeting beauties of life or find perfection in the order underlying nature. The exhibition questions the interaction between the manmade and natural, the permanent and perishing, the real and the imagined.”

A special preview, which is free and open to all, will be held on 24 October at 7pm. For further information, visit or contact

Notes to editors:

  • The Norman Rea Gallery is based in the University’s Langwith College in Heslington and is open weekdays from 9am to 6pm. Entrance is free. Visit

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Caron Lett
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