A fascinating exploration into our emotional response to wood – one of the most versatile natural materials – through a diverse and eclectic group of contemporary and traditional artists, designers and craftsmen from the last hundred years, including Graham Sutherland, Sebastian Cox, Anna Maria Pacheco and Forest & Found.

New Truth to Materials: Wood is the first in a series of multi-disciplinary exhibitions at Ditchling that consider how we respond and relate to materials and objects, addressing how artists, craftspeople and designers harness our emotional engagement with different materials and consequently exploit, manipulate and reinforce this in their work. Ditchling is a natural home for this exploratory adventure; a carpenter’s workshop was central to the Catholic craftsman’s guild and artists such as David Jones spent time here whilst also learning their other crafts. The 1920s and 30s wood-engraving revival was also led by Eric Gill and his colleagues in the village.

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