Herbarium - Lytes Cary Manor House Exhibition
1st July - 30th September 2016
Herbarium. A herbarium – a collection of preserved plant specimens. These specimens may be whole plants or plant parts: these will usually be in a dried form mounted on a sheet but, depending upon the material, may also be kept in alcohol or other preservative.
Lytes Cary Manor is a very intimate Medieval House whose owner Henry Lyte translated one of the first Herbal Remedies Manual, Niewe Herball in 1578 from the Dutch the Cruydeboeck (of Rembert Dodoens, Antwerp, 1564) and dedicated it to Elizabeth I.
As the wonderful Arts and Crafts gardens surrounding the house form such an important element of the overall design we have commissioned four highly acclaimed artists to enhance the beautiful gardens through the inspiration of the Niewe Herball reflected in their work.
The artists are: Gary Breeze, Alison Crowther, Malcolm Martin collaborating with Gaynor Dowling and Anne-Marie O’Sullivan. The exhibition curated by Yvonna Demczynska from FLOW Gallery London will showcase contemporary craft: makers, skills, materials and thinking in the context of the site and subject ‘Herbarium’, and aims to meet the aspiration of Somerset Art Works to ‘inspire and challenge’ audiences and ‘raise’ the quality of craft seen in Somerset.