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22nd July 2020

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art's gallery space at The Arches at Fineshade Wood is reopening after lockdown with a brand new exhibition of beautiful artwork by six artists, exploring the push and pull between nature and human presence and the effect that extracting resources from the landscape has upon those living within it.

The In Steps of Sundew exhibition takes its name from Sundew, once the largest walking dragline excavator in the world, used in mining operations in Rutland and Northamptonshire between 1957 and 1980. Sundews are also species of carnivorous plants, which digest insects through the glands on their leaves in order to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which they grow.

In Steps of Sundew retraces the movement of people and resources from the landscape, posing questions about the relationship between the natural and the industrial and how these might coexist whilst avoiding climate breakdown.

The exhibition is endorsed by Visit England's We're Good To Go Industry Standard consumer mark to reassure visitors that the space is adhering to current and ongoing Government and public health guidance. A one-way system with a hand sanitising station and social distancing signposts is in operation.

Advance booking is not necessary and visitor numbers will be monitored electronically.

Also open on site are Grounds Cafe and the Fineshade woodland trails.

Open 10am - 4pm 25 & 26 July, 1 & 2 August, then daily from 3 August.

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