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The People's Herbarium 

March - October 2020

In Lawrence House Museum, Launceston, there is a unique group of giant Herbarium (books containing a collection of preserved plant specimens) Local business man and Botanist William Wise cycled around Devon and Cornwall in the 1800’s collecting plants to press for his Herbarium.  Artist explorer, Karen Howse is offering a series of plant collecting walks around Launceston, engaging people with plant pressing and printmaking processes which will culminate in the collation of the People’s Herbarium (a contemporary version of Wise’s Herbarium) with the help of local Bookbinders.

This is a BRIGHT SPARKS community project engaging people with plants, place and printmaking funded by FEAST and Cornwall Museums Partnership 

To find out more about the project go to the People's Herbarium page Here

Herbarium Plant - Ragged Leaved Cranes Bill

Evolving the Forest Exhibition 

Dartington Space June 19 - September 4 2019

This exhibition grew from the core of Evolving the Forest and was also based on an open call. We simply asked artists to respond to the idea of ‘tree’ or ‘tree-ness’ – nothing more. The work in this exhibition represents the breadth of ideas we received: some of it quite representational, some more abstracted; some designed to hang on a wall as a permanent statement, others to be more ephemeral and to decay within the landscape in which they were created.

The essential spirit of the coming-together of voices, thoughts and opinion to the annual gatherings at Dartington convened by art.earth is one of open-ness and fluidity. We believe this open, ecological process engenders unexpected and unusual registers, allowing for a very real and spontaneous mixing of disciplines and outlook. It may not be so unusual for artists and scientists to attempt a sharing of intellectual spaces (although unusual enough), but to broaden this to embrace architects, designers, materials experts, engineers, chemists, philosophers, policy-makers and land managers was the clarion opportunity when convening an event initially stemming from the centenary celebrations of the UK Forestry Commission.


52 Ink Drawings

Evolving the Forest - Dartington Space - 2019

Swanskin Printmakers at Sterts

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, PL14 5AZ

1 September - 6 October 2019

Swanskin Printmakers are showing at Sterts Theatre on the edge of Bodmin Moor. A group show with an environmental edge. Look out for possible associated workshops during the show.


Wave 2 - Karen Howse

Monoprint as part of Swanskin Printmakers Exhibition at Sterts