The Cause and Effect exhibition was a collaborative project between our Ryevitalise project, the National Trust, Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and independent artists Paula Hickey and John Arnison.
The exhibition was the culmination of a two-year exchange between landscape scientists and artists. At the beginning the artists: Paula, a designer and print maker and John, a photographer knew nothing of the River Rye catchment. The Ryevitalise partners have guided their discovery of this diverse landscape. In response Paula and John have captured the processes and forms that drive landscape change in their own unique artistic languages.
In December 2019 we set out to produce an exhibition to be shown at Nunnington Hall in January 2021. Over 33,000 people visited the exhibition, and we received over 100 positive responses to this.
It will also be exhibiting at Hovingham Hall, kindly hosted by Sir William and Lady Worsley, between 9-10 September and 16-17 September from 10am-3pm.
Paula Hickey is an Irish, Leeds-based artist. She holds a BA in Visual Communication and MA in Creative Practice. She has exhibited jointly and in group exhibitions in Italy, Ireland, Bath, Leeds and York. She was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer show 2022. She has both led and taken part in residencies in the UK, Ireland and Greece. She hosts workshops sharing some of the experimental processes she has developed. She is also a founding member of the TCL art Collective.
"Working on the Cause and Effect’ project has been a very enriching experience. Getting to know the Rye River and the beautiful landscape through which it flows has deepened my connection with nature and my awareness of the absolute power and beauty of water.
"My art practice, which is often informed by research, benefitted greatly through collaboration with the partners on the project. Having access to the knowledge base around river processes and the environmental concerns has enhanced my understanding of the importance of rivers in our lives."
"Sometimes being an artist can be quite a lonely experience, limited in perspective. This collaboration, through creative dialogue with fellow artist John and access to knowledge base of the partners has enhanced my understanding of the river, its mystery and meaning. It has informed and inspired ways to interpret my experiences visually.
"My hope is that the work for this project, reflects the journey I have been on. Demonstrating a responsive approach and evoking themes of beauty, transformation and the dynamic processes within nature."