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Friday 17th November, 2023
Abbot Hall - Kendal
5:30pm (GMT+0:00) Europe/London (Greenwich Mean Time)
Run time: 1 hour
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Event Details

Artist Julie Brook will be in conversation with writer Robert Macfarlane at her current exhibition in Abbot Hall, Kendal (on until 30 December).  Julie journeys to the wildest and most remote landscapes on earth, creating work that is not only inspired by the land but cut from it. The show brings together work that Brook has been making on a remote coastline of the Outer Hebrides and in stone quarries in the Ishikawa prefecture of Japan. Macfarlane’s essays are included in a new book, published by Lund Humphries earlier this year to accompany this exhibition. There will be an exclusive book signing taking place during the event.  

As well as this, you will have the opportunity to find out more about how Brook's work relates to the work of Halima Cassell and Jocelyn McGregor as part of the Women, Land and Art talk series.

Included in this exclusive event is the admission ticket to access the exhibition. After the talk, grab a drink and wander through the stunning Abbot Hall and marvel at Julie Brook's work. 

Julie's book What Is It That Will Last will be available to purchase at the Abbot Hall shop over the Festival Weekend.
Published by Lund Humphries.

About Julie Brook:

Brook is a British artist who for 30 years has roamed, lived and sculpted in a succession of uninhabited and remote landscapes in North West Scotland: Hoy, Orkney; Jura, West coast; Mingulay and North Harris Outer Hebrides. Brook studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University.

She has explored the black volcanic desert of central Libya and in the Jebel Acacus mountains in South West Libya (2008/2009) and the semi-desert of NW Namibia (2011-2015) where the nature of light, shadow and structure are expressed in the sculptural forms Brook makes. More recently Brook has been working in stone quarries in Japan in relation to developing her tidal work, Firestacks in The Hebrides. The sculptural work is often transient in nature, inspired by and made from the materials of the landscape itself. Brook documents these transformations through film and photography which then become the expression of the work.

She has recently been working in the marble Quarry La Cava di Querciola in Carrara, Italy. In May 2023 Brook opened a major exhibition at Abbot Hall, Kendal, UK with Lakeland Arts ahead of her exhibition at Komatsu Museum, Japan in June.