August 30 – October 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6-8pm
“The average tree grows its branches out until it encounters the branch tips of a neighbouring tree of the same height. It doesn’t grow any wider because the air and better light in this space are already taken. However, it heavily reinforces the branches it has extended, so you get the impression that there’s quite a shoving match going on up there. But a pair of true friends is careful right from the outset not to grow overly thick branches in each other’s direction. The trees don’t want to take anything away from each other, and so they develop sturdy branches only at the outer edges of their crowns, that is to say, only in the direction of “non-friends”. Such partners are often so tightly connected at the roots that sometimes they even die together.”
Peter Wohlleben wrote The Hidden Life of Trees in 2015. A passionate forester and author, Wohlleben currently runs an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany where he works for the return of primeval forests. The Hidden Life of Trees has since become an international bestseller, packed with scientific fact and fascinating detail regarding trees; how they grow, age, track time, and even communicate.
Using this quote as the inspiration for our exhibition, we invited artists to submit a portfolio of up to three artworks for consideration in the exhibition. The submissions were reviewed by our selection committee and the exhibition was born.
Participating artists include:
Joan Horsfall Young
 Peter Wohlleben, The Secret Life of Trees, (Germany: Random House, 2016), 5.
A selection of work from the exhibition below: