As the days get shorter, and the nights longer, a gallery in Marlborough is celebrating the winter's longest night with an exhibition of work inspired by the dark side.
|Alan Bond's Planetarium|
Nocturne, which runs from Sunday 27th November 2005 through to Tuesday 28th February 2006 at the Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre in Marlborough, is all set to be a truly dark experience.
With a trail of 'Cat's eyes' and candles, leading visitors through the Nocturne exhibition, the absolute darkness of the Wiltshire countryside becomes the backdrop for a mysterious exhibition of after-dark works.
The exhibition's sculptures, installations, paintings and prints are all by a group of 14 contemporary artists. 'Venturing beyond night-fall' their nocturnal wanderings have inspired a collection of sensual, temporal and atmospheric works that have literally taken over the gallery and the surrounding farm.
|Inside Alan Bond's Planetarium|
Lucy Starchen's dark shiny herd of 'Strange Objects of the Night', for instance, seems to have literally crept out of the shadows and besieged the gallery. Whilst Alan Bond's scavenged planetarium, constructed from cast-offs and salvage, seems to hold the ethereal beauty of the night sky…
Meanwhile inside the gallery, the exhibition continues with over 50 drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs from Sadie Tierney's ghostly 'Night Ferry' series to John Hodder's atmospheric infra-red night shots and Sarah Ainslie's silver gelatine light drawings.
Plus with night walks and workshops, as well, you can forget about it being the shortest day on December 21st and enjoy the fact that it's the longest night….
Nocturne runs at the Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Rabley Barn, Mildenhall, Marlborough from Sunday 27th November 2005 through to Tuesday 28th February 2006. The gallery is open from 12.00 to 6.00pm. For more information contact the gallery on 01672 511 999.