When The Oak Spoke
Public Artwork opens in Wadhurst
‘When The Oak Spoke’ is an epic, socially engaged art commission led by visual artist Beccy McCray for Wadhurst Culture: a community arts charity in Wadhurst, East Sussex. This year-long project reveals invisible forms of woodland communication and gives trees a voice – particularly the oak, an important symbol of Wadhurst.
Beccy McCray, commissioned visual artist
Inspired by folklore and seasonal rites, ‘When The Oak Spoke’ generates a dialogue between the local community and its trees, building a sense of stewardship towards these generous giants, promoting conservation and exploring the interconnectedness of all living things.
Beccy is working with diverse local groups and a public learning and participation programme, which highlights how vital woodland is to the future of our planet, whilst celebrating the power of trees to inspire.
These collaborative discussions are helping to shape the final artwork, which will open on June 22nd in the Jardin d’Aubers, outside Wadhurst Fire Station from 3-6pm with the opening ritual at 5pm. The launch features several other Hastings-based talents such as Gwyneth Herbert (singer-songwriter), Emma Joliffe (poet/ performer) and Yoon-Ji Kim (violinist in Notes From Underground).
Community hand-knitted oak leaf bunting
The treetop art installation will be open to view from Saturday 22nd June – Saturday 6th July, and is free of charge. The accompanying talks, creative workshops, wellbeing and cultural activities are suitable for all ages.
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