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Wet-Cells/Dry-Cells: an earth pigments workshop

Tanoa Sasraku and Pete Ward

Wet-Cells/Dry-Cells: an earth pigments workshop

Tanoa Sasraku and Pete Ward

Pete Ward, ‘Cornish and North Devon landscapes (raw and processed earth pigments)’, 2008-22.

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Join artists Tanoa Sasraku and Pete Ward for a workshop exploring contemporary applications of earth pigments, inspired by Sasraku’s solo exhibition at Spike Island, Terratypes.

This full day workshop will explore the geological stories and emotional resonances within earth pigments foraged by both artists, between Cornwall, Devon and Scotland. The morning session, led by Ward, will include an introduction to earth pigments and their potential for wet application via painting. In the afternoon, Sasraku will lead a workshop in subtractive collage via dry pigment application.

All materials provided.

Tanoa Sasraku

Born in 1995, and raised in Plymouth (UK), Tanoa Sasraku’s practice shifts between sculpture, drawing and filmmaking. Her stitched and torn newsprint works are inspired by the material structure of the Fante Asafo flags of coastal Ghana and geometric forms found in Tartan cloth, circuitry and pinnacles of rock. In her practice as a filmmaker, Sasraku engages in retellings of traditional folklore from a black and lesbian perspective, as well as producing more diaristic journeys through her past, via the medium of analogue film.

Sasraku’s solo exhibition at Spike Island, Terratypes, runs until Sunday 17 July 2022.

Pete Ward

Pete Ward is an interdisciplinary artist based in West Penwith, Cornwall. Since 2008 his practice and research have focused almost exclusively around the geology, history and creative applications of earth pigments gathered and processed by hand in Devon and Cornwall. He was a major contributor to Soil Culture (CCANW 2013-16) and lead researcher for The Story of Bideford Black with the Burton Art Gallery & Museum (2013). Ward’s work has made a significant contribution to the revival of earth pigment painting in the UK, his research being shared through workshops, paintings and presentations with people of all ages, interests and abilities and included in international publications and exhibitions. He is presently in collaboration with the Exeter University Politics Department at the Environment and Sustainability Institute exploring the potential of ecological art and materials within local political process. Ward’s work investigates and reveals ideas of indigenous identity through the use of local materials within the contemporary context. He received an MA (Art & Environment) at Falmouth University in 2012.

Website: www.peterward-artist-illustrator.co.uk

Instagram: @peteward.artist