Curated by artist Daniel Sturgis in collaboration with Grizedale Arts, ‘Against Landscape’ uses the artworks to consider how the ideas, genius or place of landscape painting have been manifested, but not overtly displayed, in a variety of practices. As such the exhibition will therefore not include any “straight- forward” landscape paintings, but will rather present a diverse collection of contemporary and historic works that revolve around the idea(s) of “landscape representation” in “painting”.

The exhibition takes its initial inspiration from the English Lake District, the history of the Coniston Institute and some of the contested traditions which are at its heart, such as the opposing but connected positions of Wordsworth and Ruskin (and the romantic against the useful). The exhibition also highlights the way much modernist painting, while trying to escape the influence of landscape painting, had a heightened awareness of the rural embedded within it.

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