This Fractured Land

30 March – 7 July 2024
[STORIES FROM THE PAST AND FUTURE]

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In this fascinating new exhibition five visual artists explore the changing landscape of England from different perspectives.

Inspired by its history and imaginative power, the artists, Lian Chan, Ellie Laycock, Jane Peacock, Ellie Reid and Caroline Thomson, look at the land from a geological, historical, social and mythological point of view. With access to the Museum’s collections, the work that they have created specifically for this exhibition encompasses themes of storytelling, the ancient past, social conflict over land, the uncertain future of climate change and the emotional power of the land itself.

On display alongside their work which includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture and film will be objects from the collections that inspired them, including paintings by the war artist John Nash, items of crime and punishment, long-buried gold coins and rocks and fossils from the deep past.

Sam Mason, CEO of Discover Bucks Museum, says:

‘We have been delighted to work with the artists on This Fractured Land exhibition and the wonderful work they’ve created has interpreted the museum collections in exciting new ways. With themes of history and storytelling and references to the woodlands of the Chilterns this promises to be an intriguing, vibrant and thought-provoking show.’

 

This Fractured Land Events

Saturday 20 April, 10am – 12pm

Artist Lian Chan will lead a guided walk around Whiteleaf exploring the sites painted by John and Paul Nash and sharing how their paintings and story have influenced her work in the exhibition.

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Saturday 11 May, 12pm – 1.30pm

The artists will give a panel talk followed by a guided tour of the exhibition which will be an opportunity to hear about their inspiration and themes in the exhibition.

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Family art activities inspired by the exhibition during the Easter holidays:
Tuesday 2 April -Make A Fossil!

Make your own 3D sculptures of fossils with this 2-hour workshop, inspired by our exhibition This Fractured Land. Using fossils from the handling collection as inspiration, we will have fun drawing fossils, rocks and stones, then get busy making individual structures to cover in modroc plaster! This is a fun and hands-on session – it can get messy so be sure to wear old clothes.

£7 per participant

Timings: 2 hour workshop 10am – 12pm (please arrive promptly at 10am). Booked slot: no drop ins, although tickets can be purchased on the door subject to availability.

Suitable for ages 5+

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Wednesday 3 April – A World Of Your Own!

Pop in to play with a variety of collage materials and create your very own personal landscape images, inspired by the exhibition This Fractured Land!

£3.50 per participant

Timings: Drop in 10am – 1pm

Suitable for ages 3+ (younger children are welcome but will need some help with their craft).

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Thursday 4 April – Introduction to Ink Drawing

Explore the fantastic potential of brush and ink to create beautiful imagined landscapes, inspired by the exhibition This Fractured Land. Led by artist Jane Peacock, we will spend some time mark-making and exploring the medium before working on landscape compositions.

£6 per participant

Timings: 2 hour workshop 10am – 12pm (please arrive promptly at 10am). Booked slot: no drop ins, although tickets can be purchased on the door subject to availability.

Suitable for Adults and children aged 11+

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Wednesday 10 April – Let’s Print!

Learn the art of block printing with this hands-on family workshop, inspired by the exhibition This Fractured Land!

£4.00 per participant

Timings: Drop in within 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

Suitable for ages 4+ (younger children are welcome but will need some help with their craft).

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Friday 12 April – Let’s Sculpt!

Create your very own clay landscape with this family workshop, inspired by the exhibition This Fractured Land!

£5 per participant

Timings: Drop in within 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

Suitable for ages 4+ (younger children are welcome but will need some help with their craft).

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For full details of our Easter activities click here

 

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This exhibition is included in your Museum or your Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery ticket. Children go FREE in the Museum.

 

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Image Credit: Lian Chan, ‘Future Specimen 2’

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