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Internationally known artist comes to Cressing Temple Barns

Date published: 22/08/2019

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Internationally known artist comes to Cressing Temple Barns
Award-winning artist, Henry Driver, will be bringing his unique artistic talent to Cressing Temple Barns this month as part of a new, three-month Artist in Residence programme led by Essex County Council.
Henry, originally from Suffolk, has exhibited his artwork across the world and will be creating new pieces based around the themes of environment and sustainability, and inspired by the unique and historical setting.
Working out of a dedicated studio space at the barns between August and October, all the artwork created will eventually form part of a proposed new Cressing Temple art trail.
As part of the programme, visitors will also be able to meet and speak with Henry at three open studio events taking place on 23, 29 August and 1 September, with more to be announced later in the residency. Creative projection & photography workshops are also due to run on the 3rd and 5th October.
Henry said: “I was immediately drawn to the magnificent granaries and beautiful, cathedral-like architecture of the barns. I’m looking forward to exploring the huge importance these monumental buildings must have held, and how intrinsic food production and storage was to previous societies, in contrast with our current society’s wasteful consumption.”
Specialising in combining art and technology, to create immersive and thought-provoking artworks, Henry works across the Eastern region and has previously exhibited work at Tate Liverpool, Tate Britain, The Barbican & Whitechapel Gallery.
Most recently, he was nominated as one of the top 15 artists under the ages of 35 working in the UK for the Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artists prize.
Councillor Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “Cressing Temple Barns is a beautiful site, rich in history and culture and I’m delighted we are hosting an artist of Henry’s calibre.
“Our Artist in Residence programme will help visitors to connect with some of the most well-known places in the county, in new ways and all the artwork created will
form a new and exciting art trail.
“I hope visitors will enjoy getting involved via the Open Studio events and workshops and look forward to seeing Henry’s finished work.”